Formation of old and new South African Air Force fighters; two SAAB JAS-39 Gripens and two Atlas Cheetahs.

South African Air Force Cheetahs (outside) and Royal Swedish Air Force Saab JAS 39 Gripens (inner pair).

Bushmen or San people were excellent trackers and were used by the South African military as trackers during the Angola Border War.

Bushmen or San people were excellent trackers and were used by the South African military as trackers during the Angola Border War.

Klapperkopfort - Pretoria This statue of a soldier holding a R1 rifle, was erected in memory of all members of the South African Defence Force who lost their lives serving their country. The individuals who have lost their lives are honored with an inscription on a number of marble plaques mounted around the statue.

Klapperkopfort - Pretoria This statue of a soldier holding a rifle, was…

DC3 Dakota Transport Aircraft. South African Air Force Parachute Battalion air drop

DC3 Dakota Transport Aircraft. South African Air Force Parachute Battalion air drop

Military Art, Military Life, Military History, African History, Military Aircraft, Cold War, Air Force, Defence Force, South Africa

Gen Jannie Geldenhuys is a former South African military commander who served as Chief of the South African Defence Force between 1985 and 1990

Gen Jannie Geldenhuys is a former South African military commander who served as Chief of the South African Defence Force between 1985 and 1990

South Africa's armed forces invaded Angola in 1975, setting off a war that had consequences for the whole region that are still felt today. A Far-Away War contributes to a wider understanding of this war in Angola and Namibia. The book does not only look at the war from an "old" South African (Defence Force) perspective, but also gives a voice to participants “on the other side” – emphasising the role of the Cubans and Russians.

South Africa's armed forces invaded Angola in 1975, setting off a war that had consequences for the whole region that are still felt today. A Far-Away War contributes to a wider understanding of this war in Angola and Namibia. The book does not only look at the war from an "old" South African (Defence Force) perspective, but also gives a voice to participants “on the other side” – emphasising the role of the Cubans and Russians.

The only promise I ever believed was " We will come and get you". Wounded SA soldiers during the border war.

The only promise I ever believed was " We will come and get you". Wounded SA soldiers during the border war.

The Battalion, which also became known as the most successful counter insurgency unit of the SADF, was comprised mainly of former FNLA and other anti-communist fighters from Angola who had sworn allegiance to the South African government. Together with their South African officers, these troops forged a formidable Battalion that became known as the best operational Battalion of the South African Defence Force – if not one of the best in the world.

The Battalion, which also became known as the most successful counter insurgency unit of the SADF, was comprised mainly of former FNLA and other anti-communist fighters from Angola who had sworn allegiance to the South African government. Together with their South African officers, these troops forged a formidable Battalion that became known as the best operational Battalion of the South African Defence Force – if not one of the best in the world.

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