Buffel armoured vehicle SADF

The Primary fighting vehicle of 52 Bn. Bobby installed the first command Buffel with radios to operate as a Bn Tactical HQ vehicle.

South African troops taking a break.

South African troops taking a break.

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.

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

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

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

Ombaluntu, May 1980. Alouette and Puma just outside north of the camp.

Ombaluntu, May Alouette and Puma just outside north of the camp.

3 Sai Potchefstroom

3 Sai Potchefstroom

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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'.

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'.

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.

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

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

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?

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?

Around the tree and back before lunch

Time to chow

Sketch on a piece of exercise paper. December 1979 on some hill SADF used as an artillery OP a few kilos from Ruacana across on the Angolan side. (Would love to know where this is on Google maps - anyone know?) We went across to this at least ten times in my stint at Ruacana. Artillery in Ruacana were still 5.5's at this stage.

Sketch on a piece of exercise paper. December 1979 on some hill SADF used as an artillery OP a few kilos from Ruacana across on the Angolan side. (Would love to know where this is on Google maps - anyone know?) We went across to this at least ten times in my stint at Ruacana. Artillery in Ruacana were still 5.5's at this stage.

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.

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.

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