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421 [Els, C.P., Lt] Special Service Battalion (1st)
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Lt Els was my Squadron Commander on that fateful day. The tragedy of his death is all that i can recall, other than Marius and Sean, my fellow crew members. Everything that followed is a daze. R.I.P.
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Roderick Mattheyse rod@crawco.co.za 2017-12-31 08:57:49
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1062 [Niemand, N.W., Rfn] Special Service Battalion (1st)
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28 Dec 1983: 82475815BG Trooper Norman Walter Niemand from 1 Special Service Battalion attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group, was Killed in Action in Southern Angola when his Ratel 90 (call sign 33C) was struck by a Soviet 122mm BM-21 Katyusha Rocket during an enemy bombardment whilst in laager with an Artillery Section during Ops Askari. He was 19.

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John Dovey dovey.john@gmail.com 2017-12-29 11:21:42
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745 [Kruger, A., Rfn] 4th South African Infantry
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I can concur that he was in the parabats as well! We were also in Southern Angola at the time doing a recovery of a ratel which had been destroyed by multiple cheese mines, which detonated , all inside the vehicle aswell. Remember hearing the sitrep coming through on the radio that one of our pumas had been shot down, with loss of lives.We heard severe bombardment in the distance shortly after this incident, and assumed that it was our forces retaliating, was told, it was Canberra bombers.Only learnt later that Anton had been on board aswell! I grew up in Middelburg and also knew him! Anton,gone but never forgotten!! R.I.P.
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Patrick Albertyn, 7 SAI, 1981-1983 pat.rieks@telkomsa.net 2017-12-28 02:48:28
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1204 [Reyneke, J.G., L-Cpl] 4th South African Infantry
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Ek was die Ops medic by Etale - Reyneke en Nel was oombliklik dood - die Portugese drywer van die padskraper het sy been verloor. Die medic wat saam op patrollie was, het baie goeie werk gedoen - ek kan ongelukkig nie meer sy naam onthou nie. Ons het hulle met die grootste liefde en respek en hartseer afgevoer - rus sag my maters.
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Francois Mellet pfmellet2@gmail.com 2017-12-24 01:17:03
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50 [Barrett, R.H., Rfn] Parachute Battalion (1st)
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I grew up in front of Russell, on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine, in the (then) Western Transvaal (now North West). His parents, Bunny and Diane, were my godparents. Sadly, Bunny passed away a few years ago. Diane now lives on the West Coast with her daughter, Sharon. My mom and Diane are still best friends and visit each other every year. Russell is missed, loved and remembered by us all.
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Steve stephens@hmh.co.za 2017-12-12 01:25:39
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81 [Bester, H.P., Cpl] 6th South African Infantry
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Ek was sy sister ons mis hom nog baie wonder hoe sou ons lewe gewees het as hy nog saam met ons was. Bly om te sien ander mense dink ook nog aan hom en alles nog deel van hulle lewe. Hy sal altyd bly in ons toekoms. Dankie almal.
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Frankie Bester Kaiser frankienailteck@gmail.com 2017-11-26 09:45:39
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1398 [Tamsen, E., L-Cpl] 101 Battalion, SWATF
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It was an honour to know and serve with Emil - just like our blood had dissipated into the sands of the same battlefield has your memory participated in my life journey as a presence.
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Anton Roux antonroux@telkomsa.net 2017-11-23 02:39:10
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35135 [Bender, F.H.J., AirSgt] Unknown
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Fred Bender was my fathers cousin. He was a gunner, and his air craft was shot down and his body was never recovered. His mother, our Aunt Effie could never accept that her only child had died in the war. She always believed that he was somewhere in Europe, and her wish was to go to Europe to find him.
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Jane Scrooby janescrooby@gmail.com 2017-11-11 15:53:31
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1686 [Zeelie, F.J., Lt] Reconnaissance Regiment (1st)
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Lt Zeelie was killed on 23 June 1974 (not on the date listed in the post). I was a troopie passing through Bwabata Camp that week and recall the discussion about the first South African soldier being killed in action. We never got to see anything as the inner stockade at Bwabata was accessible only to a few people.
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Ian afana11@hotmail.com 2017-10-28 08:15:36
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230 [Cobbold, D.C., 2Lt] Reconnaissance Regiment (5th)
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I was Bob Cobbold???s platoon instructor at SA Intelligence School in 1986. He was a great guy, there were a number of College old boys in my platoon, Slab McKenzie, Vic Hogg etc are the names I remember. I recommended that Bob go on officers course and I heard later that after he got rank he went to 5 Recce as an Intelligence Officer, a monument to his dedication and character, only the best went there. I then personally volunteered for 1 Parachute Battalion and ended up there and later at 44 Parachute Brigade. His death on Operation Firewood came as a shock to me as were the deaths of the Delta Coy Parabats who died there too. My second cousin, Werner Oberholzer was killed in Ops Protea in the early 80s and I remember the grief my family went through at the time. I can only imagine how terrible all of this must have been for Bob???s parents and family, even 30 years after the fact. I hope all is well with you. I will never forget Bob Cobbold and his ultimate sacrifice, a brave man.
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Hulme Scholes, formerly Lt JH Scholes, 44 Parachute Brgd hscholes@mweb.co.za 2017-10-28 02:08:12
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634 [Janse van Rensburg, O.C., Lt] Unknown
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Anton Gino Rpux and I did officers course together. Afterwards we both studied at Pretoria Technikon. I did electronic eng and he did mechanical eng. In 1982 us group of students asked to also be sent to the border for duty during our study holidays. Anton and my friend Johan Laubscher, also a CO and student at PTA Technikon, were doing their stint of a month at Ondangwa. The morning they both wanted a flip and Anton and Johan flipped a coin to see who would go. Anton won. The resultant crash and deaths are history. My story can be corroberated by, at the time CO PJ Laubscher, who told us all of how his death came about. Anton is buried in the PTA East cemetary, adjacent woodlands shopping centre. RIP anton my friend.
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Alan thom sle@iafrica.com 2017-10-23 13:07:45
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