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Operation Klipklop
Part of South African Border War
Location
Operation Klipklop is located in Angola
Chitado
Ruacana
Operation Klipklop (Angola)
Objective PLAN logistics base at the town of Chitado
Date 30 July 1980


Operation Klipklop occurred during the South African Border War between the Republic of South Africa and SWAPO. The operation began at first light on the 30 July 1980 when South African forces attacked SWAPO facilities in Angola.[1] The objective was a PLAN logistics base at the town of Chitado, 5 km from the Namibian border and 35 km east of Ruacana, with the aim of disrupting motar attacks on the Ruacana hydro-electric scheme.[2] Supported by Alouette III attack helicopters, 80 men were dropped by helicopters close to the town. Twenty seven defenders, possibly PLAN or MPLA soldiers, died in the attack that followed with the SADF destroying the MPLA base in the town on their withdrawal.[3] This operation followed Operation Sceptic and preceded Operation Protea.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. p. 94.
  2. Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. p. 94.
  3. Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War 1966 - 1989. p. 94.

Coordinates: 17°19′22″S 13°55′16″E / 17.3227°S 13.9211°E / -17.3227; 13.9211

Preceded by
Operation Sceptic
Battles and operations of the South African Border War
July 1980
Succeeded by
Operation Protea
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