Southern Africa conflict

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Ian and Ricardo - Platoon 3 SAI, somewhere across the 'kaplyn' May

Ian and Ricardo - Platoon 1, 3 SAI, somewhere across the 'kaplyn' May 1, 1980, Operation 'Liberation 1". Note the 60mm and R1 rifle were carried. That's over 10kg plus four 60mm rounds at 1.4kg (total 5.6kgs) and four R1 mags took total to near 20kgs and that's not counting water or food. I was nearly always spared having a turn carrying the platoon B25 radio.

A sketch I did before 'klaaring'out.

A sketch I did before 'klaaring'out. (November 1980)

Operation 'Liberation - May Angola - about north of the 'kaplyn' - north of Ombaluntu. Ricardo and Gary - mates from Natal. They introduced me to the music of Hendrix - I remembered them loving 'With the power of soul'.

Operation 'Liberation 1' - May 1980, Angola - about 20k's north of the 'kaplyn' - north of Ombaluntu. Platoon 1,3 SAI. Ricardo and Gary - mates from Natal. They introduced me to the music of Hendrix - I remembered them loving 'With the power of soul'.

Originally Foxtrot company - which became Bravo company, 3 SAI, November 1979 - about to leave from Potchefstroom to go to Waterkloof to catch our 'flossie'. Military Life, Military Art, West Africa, South Africa, Army Day, Brothers In Arms, Defence Force, Troops, African

Originally Foxtrot company - which became Bravo company, 3 SAI, November 1979 - about to leave from Potchefstroom to go to Waterkloof to catch our 'flossie'.

3 SAI, B coy, mortar section at Okatope, August 1980. From left to right - Unknown, Mathew, Ian, Ferreira, Marius, Kempen, De Beer and Doom.

3 SAI, B coy, mortar section at Okatope, August 1980. From left to right - Unknown, Mathew, Ian, Ferreira, Marius, Kempen, De Beer and Doom.

Time to chow

Around the tree and back before lunch

 11 July, B Coy, 3 SAI arrived after flying into Grootfontein. Most of 6 SAI then leave. Interesting photo showing a troopie climbing up for guard duty in the crow's nest. West Africa, South Africa, Brothers In Arms, Crow's Nest, Defence Force, Essay Topics, Military Life, Photo Essay, Troops

Okatope base. 11 July, 1980, B Coy, 3 SAI arrived after flying into Grootfontein. Most of 6 SAI then leave. Interesting photo showing a troopie climbing up for guard duty in the crow's nest.

Not a great photo but the only one I have of 3 SAI training at Mosita 1979 prior to going to SWA. Note the big sleeping bag on the back and the aerial of the platoon radio. You can see in the background a troopie with his full blanket roll. Ironic that we trained for the border with conventional warfare approach to training in what we carried. World Conflicts, Brothers In Arms, Military Life, My Heritage, West Africa, Wwi, Warfare, Great Photos, Troops

Not a great photo but the only one I have of 3 SAI training at Mosita 1979 prior to going to SWA. Note the big sleeping bag on the back and the aerial of the platoon radio. You can see in the background a troopie with his full blanket roll. Ironic that we trained for the border with conventional warfare approach to training in what we carried.

About to get onboard the Bedfords for Waterkloof. Some of the mortar section are in view including George, Matthew (extreme right) and Marius. West Africa, South Africa, The Bedford, Brothers In Arms, Defence Force, Military Life, My Heritage, Troops, Southern

About to get onboard the Bedfords for Waterkloof. Some of the 60mm mortar section are in view including George, Matthew (extreme right) and Marius. 3 SAI 1979.

A sketch of the mortar pit at Okatope, 53 Bn. SAI September The sketch is drawn from almost the identical place as the photo. possibly I took the photo from where our tent was? Troops, Soldiers, Defence Force, Military Life, My Land, West Africa, African, War, Vietnam

A sketch of the mortar pit at Okatope, 53 Bn. (3 SAI September 1980) The sketch is drawn from almost the identical place as the photo. possibly I took the photo from where our tent was?

A sketch of the mortar pit at Okatope, 53 Bn. SAI September The sketch is drawn from almost the identical place as the photo. possibly I took the photo from where our tent was? Troops, Soldiers, Defence Force, Military Life, My Land, West Africa, African, War, Vietnam

A sketch of the mortar pit at Okatope, 53 Bn. (3 SAI September 1980) The sketch is drawn from almost the identical place as the photo. possibly I took the photo from where our tent was?