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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

… CROSS-BORDER RAID, ANGOLA 1978.

"Battle for Cassinga is the first-hand account by a South African paratrooper who was involved in the 1978 assault on the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, SWAPO's armed wing. The battle, although a resounding success, suffered setbacks which could have proved disastrous to the South Africans had they not maintained the initiative. The improvisations made by Colonel Jan Breytenbach ensured that a flawed jump and inadequate intelligence did not adversely affect the outcome. The unforeseen Soviet-supplied SWAPO anti-aircraft guns used devastatingly in a ground role also threatened to derail the attack. A late appearance by a large Cuban/FAPLA (Angolan regulars) armoured column, from the nearby town of Techamutete, threatened to engulf the lightly armed paratrooper force still on the ground. A fierce rearguard action, together with the almost suicidal actions of the South African Air Force pilots, ultimately saved the day…."


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VCarter Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

The Africa@War series are excellent.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

Great book and great Victory for the SADf..Breytenbach was a very Good General for South Africa.

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