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Operation Bruilof (English: Operation Wedding) was a planned military operation in 1978 by the South African Defence Force during the South African Border War and Angolan Civil War.

Operation Bruilof
Part of South African Border War
Location Angola
Operation Bruilof is located in Angola
Chetequera
Operation Bruilof (Angola)
Target PLAN bases in the vicinity of Chetequera
Date Planned May 1978


Background[edit | edit source]

The operation was planned for May 1978, to be conducted by Battle Group Juliet and paratroops.[1] This was to be the first mechanised force to be deployed by the South African forces during the war and consisted of the then new Ratel Infantry Fighting Vehicles as well as Eland Armoured Cars.

The plan called for the SADF to cross the South-West Africa-Angola border, with the battle group attacking and destroying six South-West Africa People's Organisation bases around Chetequera before withdrawing.[2]

The plan was eventually abandoned and merged into what became Operation Reindeer planned for the 4 May.[3]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Steenkamp, Willem. (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. Ashanti Publishing.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. p. 74.
  2. Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. p. 74.
  3. Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. p. 74.

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