Loss of military equipment by the SADF at the Battle at Indungo during the Border War, 31 October 1987

  • Marius Scheepers Private Author of Striking inside Angola with 32 Battalion, 30degreessouth (SA) and Helion (London) 2012
  • Fransjohan Pretorius University of Pretoria

Abstract

This article takes the form of an investigation regarding the loss of military equipmentby the South African Defence Force (SADF) at the Battle at Indungo, in an operationthat was assigned the codename Operation Firewood, on 31 October 1987 during theAngolan Border War. The war was waged from 1966 to 1989 in Southern Africa. Thecase study of Operation Firewood illustrates some of the circumstances under which theSADF lost military equipment in Angola during the war.Operation Firewood was one of more than 300 SADF general operations201 that occurredin Angola. In the final stages of the war, the area north of Cuvelai provided the settingfor the launching of Operation Firewood, some 285 kilometres north of the border withSouth West Africa/Namibia. The aim of this military operation was to eliminate anenemy base that housed elements of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN),the military wing of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO).

Author Biographies

Marius Scheepers, Private Author of Striking inside Angola with 32 Battalion, 30degreessouth (SA) and Helion (London) 2012
Ex 32 Battalion, Captain, Signals Officer, now 32 Battalion VA, Practicing Attorney.
Fransjohan Pretorius, University of Pretoria
Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria
Published
2021-11-22
How to Cite
Scheepers, M., & Pretorius, F. (2021). Loss of military equipment by the SADF at the Battle at Indungo during the Border War, 31 October 1987. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 49(2), 43-65. https://doi.org/10.5787/49-2-1262
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