Stories of the WAR
These were brave men that died for there country however what was it for? I am 36 years old and was there in 1987 and to this day I do not know why, God bless you men of honor
The South African Border War, commonly referred to as the Angolan Bush War in South Africa, was a conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) on the one side and the Angolan Armed Forces (FAPLA),
Many white South Africans conscripted to fight for the apartheid military in Angola still struggle to swallow the bitter pill that their battle landed on the wrong side of history.
Known here as the Border War, apartheid South Africa sent troops to support Angola’s Unita rebels, backed by the US against the then-Marxist MPLA government and its Cuban allies.
source – News24
There aren’t many truly unknown wars these days. Military history writing, scholarly and popular and in between, has mushroomed over the past several decades. But military events under the Southern Cross receive much less attention, because the vast majority of the developed countries are well north of the Equator.
source – Foreign news
The SADF responded to UNITA requests for assistance during the FAPLA offences of 1985, 1986 and 1987. Each year the assistance grew, and with the 1987 campaign culminated in a 3000-men strong SADF task force stopping the FAPLA/CUBAN advance on Mavinga and Jamba.
Source: SA bush war site
About The Wall of Remembrance
The Wall of Remembrance was erected to honour approximately 2500 members of the SA Defence Force who died on duty, between 1961 (foundation of Republic) to 1994 (change to the SANDF). The Wall was erected without any state finance, after it became clear that management of Freedom Park were not going to change its stance on adding former SA Defence Force dead to its Wall of Remembrance.
source: Tia Myosa
These visuals from the Border War in Namibia and Angola evoke powerful emotions for soldiers who fought on both sides of the conflict. 20 Years later Freedom Park in Pretoria symbolises the end of hostilities and the birth of our new democracy.
Nothing was to be done to undermine the credibility of those names, but the list had to be verified to correct some obvious faults and duplications, to avoid their inclusion on the new Wall of Remembrance.
The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) will remove the names of about 16 000 former national servicemen from its database, disqualifying them from any benefits as defined in the Military Veterans Act.