For my Friend fuchi,man you were tough,hope god the old man is looking after you up there. We could not believe it, in a contact zone and this guy was told to make safe by some corporal from base! I wil never forget the coward that did not fire a single shot!
even though the rattles and mrl's served 4 months in angola as part of 32 in ops modula we hardly mentioned. I was actually staring at this guy when he let the round off, and Barnard was hit. A real rambo in base but a real coward when we were in the ambush! The driver saved our lives that day- 30 clicks from Oshigambo!
Cassinga sou die sentrale deel van Swapo se aanvalle op die SWA grens ondersteun, en Eheke die oostelike deel van Owamboland en die Kavango. Drie kompanies van die nuwe 32 Batteljon sou te voet oor die grens, en Eheke vanaf die suide aanval. Om dinge verder te kompliseer was die terrein plat en sonder bakens. n verwoede Swapo mag vasloop is daar met reg gevra of die operasie nie afgelas moes word nie. Die bevelvoerende offisier Brig Gleeson, in Rundu het teen die beter wete van die grond bevelvoerders besluit dat die operasie moes voortgaan. Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Maroon Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, South Africa's best One hundred men will test today But only three win the Maroon Beret Trained to live off nature's land Trained in combat, hand-to-hand Men who fight by night and day Courage peak from the Maroon Berets Silver wings upon their chest These are men, South Africa's best One hundred men will test today But only three win the Maroon Beret Back at home a young wife waits Her Maroon Beret has met his fate He has died for those oppressed Leaving her his last request Put silver wings on my son's chest Make him one of South Africa's best He'll be a man they'll test one day Have him win the Maroon Beret. Xg6By20I grew up in front of Russell, on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine, in the (then) Western Transvaal (now North West). My mom and Diane are still best friends and visit each other every year. Barrington was a rifleman from 6SAI, Foxtrot Company, Platoon 4 and was a pleasant well mannered and popular chap.
As company signal officer I was in transit and detached to this platoon on that fateful rainy night.
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. We since me receiving medical treatment by the medics we inseparable until the day he died I was in the buffel with him Gnr. We as motars had a relatively easy going time when compared to our infantry brothers being base camp 81mm mortar home guards.
If memory serves me correctly, Jef was the "gunner" on the vehicle, and was pinned in the hatch, when the Ratel landed on it's roof.2Lt Alves was a troop commander in the Anti - tank sqn of 32 Bn commanded by then Maj Hannes Northmann. Baadie was tragically killed when the Caspir he was travelling in rolled on the road from Ombalantu to Ondangwa. One day we were assigned to repair broken tables he operated a grinder and I held the table soon my great brown pants caught alight and my army shorts underneath melted into my leg. Our mortar troop split in half,the other half going over to c company,having completed training in September 1981 our company deployed to SWA .The spirit of Foxtrot Company and the bonds between the men of the company strenghthened, we were brothers. A watch was passed on to the next group of 2 and so on.I think Richard completed his shift and handed over the watch to the next group and went to the toilet(which was a common thing to do),however with the rain beating on the trees and bushes,it made for eery,almost disturbing sound.: Six members of 32 Battalion were Killed in Action in a single incident during Ops Modular in Southern Angola. n velletjie hang af en gooi dit in die Angolse stof. Hy gaan terug na sy gesneuwelde makkers en bring hulle een vir een terug. They were from SWA Genni and only had 2 week to go before returning to 911 to train the next intak I would also like to know who this Barnard is, was he the guy that did JL's with me in 1986 at Bossiesspruit near Kroonstad.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. Recoilless rifles were used and vehicles, so this was no small enemy force. Appelgryn was hit in the shoulder and the round hit his shoulderblade and went into his lungs. I considered him to be one of the nicest you could meet. Ek glo nie Gert Eksteen het die storie ooit vroeer aan enige iemand vertel, voor die Maandag aand in Januarie 2004. I later heard that he died in a mine accident but I could never confirm it.Before the men could extricate themselves, their Ratel 90 was hit and destroyed at point blank by a Soviet T-55 tank shell. Information extracted from Avontuur in Angola by Sophia du Preez (J. van Schaik 1989) My father died on 14 September 1985 on my 8th birthday, they day he was suppose to return home from the border. After passing a waterhole near a village his platoon was ambushed. When his mate got to him he told him to leave him and to help the more badly wounded chaps. A terrible accident, where one of the guys accidentally discharged his rifle one evening while all of us were sitting around chatting. Not many people know that Peter Atherton was an amateur boxer of note. n RPG, Grant Clark, nog een, dan Antonie Badenhorst en dan Luit Chris Strydom. Hy haal sy pistool uit en veg met sy linkerhand verder. Barrie's was part of the SWA forces and he along with Tillo von Brandis were send to the SA in 1986 for training.The tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door and detonated inside the main ammunition storage container. I am turning 40 this year and always wonder what our lives would have been like if he survived. He died shortly after.: 89072623CK Rifleman Derio Arendse from the 2nd Battalion South African Cape Corps was critically injured in a military vehicle accident on 07 September 1990 and succumbed to his injuries in hospital on 09 September 1990. We tried to stop the bleeding, but the bullet had entered his back, through his chest, and got lodged in his thumb. I regret the fact that Brian Mitchell forgot about Peter. I believe that had Peter not been killed during National Service, he would undoubtedly have ranked among our greatest boxers ever. Aan hulle regterkant is nog groepe besig om vorentoe te beweeg. Die seksie aan die linker flank het vasgeloop in die deel waar die basis se loopgrawe 90 grade wegswaai van die lyn van die aanval. Hierdie toeloop van gebeure sou die lewe van ses jong mans kos. Die eerste om te val was FC van Zyl, die man wat die res van die seksie geinspireer het toe niemand meer lus was nie. Wentzel Marx, Gary Walker, Grant Clark, Antonie Badenhorts sneuwel almal. I have some photos of him that I would like to give to his family.The burnt out Ratel was later destroyed by SADF Engineers to prevent its capture. Anderson was killed in an Eland armoured car accident near Novo Redondo in Angola, on 17 December 1975, during Operation Savannah. If there were correctly trained medics present, his death might have been avoided. The person who had picked up the rifle instinctively pulled the trigger ,one shot ran out he was standing close by and he was hit in head ,he was killed straight away.Captain Alfred Desmond Mc Callum was the Commanding Officer of Foxtrot Company. I remember that even the ambulance battery was dead. Steve (28) and Porto (510) were 2 good guys who were a laugh when we share guard duty. I remember it like it was yesterday, the priest can there was nothing anybody could do At the time this had a profound effect on all the men who had experienced this incident and that in a ops theater things just happen so unexpectedly.The platoon was in position for an ambush set up to stop insurgency from the north.Shortly before nightfall I received orders from HQ advising that we should expect insurgents from the south, I questioned the commanding officer and got my worst tongue lashing ever in the process, stupid engelsman etc.