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This List of operations of the South African Border War details the military operations conducted by the South African Defence Force during the South African Border War:

Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation Savannah 1975 1976 Angola
Operation Bruilof May 1978 Cancelled Angola The plan was abandoned and merged into what became Operation Reindeer planned for the 4 May 1975[1]
Operation Seiljag 1978 1978 Southern Angola Flush out South-West Africa People's Organisation bases[2]
Operation Reindeer 4 May 1978 10 May 1978 Angola [1][3]
Operation Bucksaw 1978 1978 Angola [2]
Operation Kropduif (pouter pigeon) October 1978 October 1978 Angola A 2 phased attack on Cahan Tofima and Chana Nutalala as well as Eheke.[2]
Operation Rekstok 7 March 1979 14 March 1979 Southern Angola A series of attacks on SWAPO bases in Mongua, Oncocua, Henhombe and Heque.[1]
Operation Safraan March 1979 April 1979 Zambia Attacked PLAN bases in retaliation for thier shelling of Katimo Mulilo[1]
Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) 10 June 1980 1 July 1980 Southern Angola Attack on a SWAPO base but developed into an extended operation as more and more SWAPO caches were discovered in the territory[1]
Operation Vastrap July 1980
Operation Klipklop 30 July 1980 30 July 1980 Angola Attacks on SWAPO facilities[1]
Operation Vasbyt 1981
Operation Konyn 21 August 1981 23 August 1981 at and around the towns of Cahama and Chibemba in Angola Destruction of air-defence installations and depots[4]
Operation Carnation 1981
Operation Protea 23 August 1981 4 September 1981 Cunene province, Angola To destroy the SWAPO command and training center at Xangongo and its logistic bases at Xangongo and Ongiva[4]
Operation Daisy 1 November 1981 21 November 1981 Chitequeta and Bambi, Angola Attack the PLAN regional headquarters and bases.[1][5]
Operation Kerslig 30 November 1981 30 November 1981 Outside Luanda, Angola A South African Defence Force special forces raid on an oil refinery
Operation Super 9 March 1982 14 March 1982 South African border Prevent PLAN guerrillas infiltrating into South West Africa through the Kaokoveld.[5]
Operation Meebos July 1982 August 1982 Angola Attacked SWAPO's People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) bases and new regional headquarters in Southern Angola[5]
Operation Drama 1983
Operation Phoenix 1983 [5]
Operation Dolfyn May 1983 June 1983 Cuvelai, Angola Interrupt the infiltration routes of PLAN into SWA/Namibia by attacking PLAN bases and headquarters[6]
Operation Karton July 1983 August 1983 Cangamba, Angola Support UNITA's attack on Cangamba by means of artillery training and fire support.[7]
Operation Skerwe 23 May 1983 23 May 1983 Mozambique [8]
Operation Klinker 29 September 1983 29 September 1983 outside Lubango in Angola Air attack by the SAAF against a PLAN training base[1]
Operation Askari 8 December 1983 13 January 1984 Angola Disrupt the logistical support and command & control capabilities of PLAN in order to suppress a large-scale incursion into South West Africa planned for January 1984.[5]
Operation Boswilger 1985 [1][5]
Operation Egret 1985
Operation Argon 1985
Operation Wallpaper 1985
Operation Southern Cross 1986
Operation Alpha Centauri 1986
Operation Modular 1987 [5]
Operation Firewood 31 October 1987 31 October 1987 Angola An attack on PLAN's on Northern Command base.[6]
Operation Hooper November 1988 February 1989 Cuito Cuanavale, Angola [5]
Operation Packer August 1987 December 1987 Mavinga, Cuando Cubango Province, Angola Resulted in a tactical victory for South Africa[5]
Operation Excite/Hilti 1988
Operation Prone 27 May 1988 1 September 1988 Namibia South African defence of SWA/Namibia from a potential invasion by 50th Cuban Division.[2]
Operation Vuiswys 1988
Operation Displace 30 April 1988 30 August 1988 Angola Maintain a force east of Cuito Cuanavale and the withdrawal of SADF soldiers from Southern Angola.[5]
Operation Merlyn 1 April 1989 9 April 1989 Namibia Prevent the incursion of PLAN (SWAPO) insurgents into South West Africa/Namibia in contravention to a ceasefire.[6]
Operation Linger 1989
Operation Agree 1989

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's border war, 1966-1989. Gibraltar: Ashanti Pub.. ISBN 0620139676. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Piet Nortje (2003). 32 Battalion: The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit. Zebra Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=mHq9uK3OShUC&pg=PA111&dq=Operation+Seiljag&hl=en&ei=pg-ETdvmIJT2tgOXs5X5AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Operation%20Seiljag&f=false. 
  3. "Death in the Desert: The Namibian Tragedy: Into Angola - Operation Reindeer | Namibia". Namibweb.com. http://www.namibweb.com/chap13.htm. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nortje, Piet (2004). 32 Battalion. The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit. p. 174. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Nortje169" defined multiple times with different content
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 "SABC Truth Commission Special Report". SABC. http://sabctrc.saha.org.za/originals/finalreport/volume2/html/BMvolume2_s1ch2_pg16.htm. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Scholtz, Leopold (2013). The SADF in the Border War 1966-1989. Cape Town: Tafelberg. ISBN 978-0-624-05410-8. 
  7. George, Edward (2005). The Cuban intervention in Angola : 1965-1991 : from Che Guevara to Cuito Cuanavale (1. publ. ed.). London [u.a.]: Frank Cass. ISBN 0415350158. 
  8. "SABC Truth Commission Special Report". SABC. http://sabctrc.saha.org.za/originals/finalreport/volume2/split/BMvolume2_s1ch2_pg100.pdf. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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