1 Parachute Battalion
In 1960 fifteen volunteers from the SADF were sent to England, the majority to train as parachute instructors, some as parachute-packers and one SAAF pilot in the dropping of paratroopers. These formed the nucleus of 1 Parachute Battalion at Tempe in Bloemfontein. The first paratroopers were Permanent Force men, but soon the training of Citizen Force paratroopers commenced. Members of 1 Parachute Battalion were the first S.A. Army men to see action after WWII.
SADF Ratel IFV taking out a Soviet T-54/55 Tank in close combat
The “cold war” at its height in Angola gets very “hot” – 14 February 1988. Extraordinary and very rare combat photograph of South Africans in combat during the South West African/Angolan Bord…
South African Arms Control Questioned
There is controversy in South Africa's Parliament over opposition claims that the government committee which is meant to approve arms sales abroad has failed to control the export of South African-made weapons and has sold ammunition to Zimbabwe