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you will always be fondly remembered from our days at 2ssb and in angolo from your friends from 32 battalion anti tank sqd 1987
i always think of you ,and the rest of the cape town guys at school of armour 1986, we had good but hard times looking back. RIP
2Lt Alves was a troop commander in the Anti - tank sqn of 32 Bn commanded by then Maj Hannes Northmann. Due to tactical circumstances, his troop got stuck in the mud of a shona near the Lomba River during a tank fight, and his Ratel 90 was destroyed at point blank by a T55 tank. 2Lt Alves, his crew as well as 32 Bn members such as Capt Mac McCallum was killed instantly. the tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door, detonated in the main ammunition storage container and resulted in an explosion causing the vehicle to catch fire.
Hi my name is Gavin Vorster and i was in 32 from 1987 to 1989 we were once soldiers and i salute all that was part of my unit and all those that sacrified their lives for a better world,for those that lost their lives i salute you, Proleo Procusi_ We were forged in war. For my Friend fuchi,man you were tough,hope god the old man is looking after you up there.
even though the rattles and mrl's served 4 months in angola as part of 32 in ops modula we hardly mentioned. we trained and lived 32 but the fallen where never put on record, just a piss up at buffalo. we know what u did.
On 13 September 1987, during Operation Modular in southern Angola, a 32 Battalion anti-tank Ratel commanded by 2Lt J.R. Alves was engaged in combat with FAPLA T-55 tanks, and became bogged down in a muddy shona. Before the men could extricate themselves, their Ratel was hit and destroyed by a T-55 tank, killing all the crew and men aboard the Ratel, including 2Lt Alves and Capt A.D. McCallum, the commanding officer of Foxtrot Company.
Information extracted from 32 Battalion: The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit, by Piet Nortje.
13 Sep 1987: Six members of 32 Battalion were Killed in Action in a single incident during Ops Modular in Southern Angola.
A 32 Battalion Anti-Tank Ratel 90, Callsign 13, Commanded by 2/Lieutenant Jose Raymond Alves became bogged down in a muddy shona while engaging FAPLA manned Soviet T-55 tanks. Before the men could extricate themselves, their Ratel 90 was hit and destroyed at point blank by a Soviet T-55 tank shell. The tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door and detonated inside the main ammunition storage container. This resulted in an explosion within the Ratel causing the vehicle to catch fire. The Ratel crew and passengers were all killed instantly in the explosion. The burnt out Ratel was later destroyed by SADF Engineers to prevent its capture. Captain Alfred Desmond McCallum was the Commanding Officer of Foxtrot Company.
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