Tank buried in sand. Remnants of the Angolan Civil War. Soyo, Zaire Province, Angola.

Tank buried in sand. Remnants of the Angolan Civil War. Soyo, Zaire Province, Angola. [687x1024].

Koevoet Battalion.

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The Angolan Civil War, beginning at the time of the country's independence from Portugal in 1975, was a 27-year struggle involving the deaths of over 500,000 soldiers and civilians. Though the fighting officially ended in 2002, Angola remains in economic and social turmoil with a massive refugee crisis and millions of landmines impeding farming practices.

This Day in History: Jun Cease-fire established in Angolan civil war

Angolan and Soviet officers conduct their daily morning planning meeting sometime during The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. Photograph taken sometime during 1987 in the vicinity of Mavinga, 30 kilometres away.

Angolan and Soviet officers conduct their daily morning planning meeting sometime during The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. Photograph taken sometime during 1987 in the vicinity of Mavinga, 30 kilometres away.

Angolan soldiers in the field sometime during 1987. Note the use of drum magazines on assault rifles and rifle-launched grenades.

Angolan soldiers in the field sometime during Note the use of drum magazines on assault rifles and rifle-launched grenades.

SADF soldiers by captured T-55 from Angolan Forces.

SADF soldiers by captured from Angolan Forces.

MPLA - The Marxist Party for the Liberation of Angola, led by Neto, fought with Cuban and a small handful of Soviet soldiers during the Angolan Civil War.

MPLA - The Marxist Party for the Liberation of Angola, led by Neto, fought with Cuban and a small handful of Soviet soldiers during the Angolan Civil War.

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