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Date: Tue 8/11/05 9:25AM
From: WDW

Message: Great work! Good memories. Looking for a song/poem they played on Troepieversoeke in the 78/79 era : WAIT. russian poem read by male. HELP buddies!

Date: Wed 9/11/05 6:17AM
From: Trompie Terblanche

Message: 5 SAI July 1980, Ops Protea, sal graag van die manne wil kontak maak van die tyd. Was in Bravo Komp. Lekker site laat n ou terug dink aan die lekker en sleg "BESTE TWEE JAAR WAT EK NIE WEER WIL DOEN NIE". Het kontak met Giel Bester was pl mortier pl 1 Bravo Komp was.

Date: Wed 9/11/05 6:57PM
From: Vic van den Heever

Message: Was in Berede 1979 - 1982 staandemag, nou versamelaar van alle SAW militaria, tans besig met Valskerm Bn en Spesmagte enige items sal waardeer word ernstig opsoek na 1 Valsk Bn stable belt. Was die beste weermag ooit mag ons dit nooit vergeet nie en ons sal die geskiedenis bewaar!

Date: Wed 9/11/05 7:54PM
From: Mark Hall

Message: Hey there,did my stint '84/'85. Jan intake into Army Gym Heidelberg, did basics and JL's there. Went to 2 Sigs as 2 line instructor. Did a stint underground at Rooiwal, then up to Oshakati and in command of ops ratel till uitklaar. Then did camps for three years including a stint back at Oshakati in '86' during Resolution 435..... great times. If anyone was in the same areas at the same time give us a shout. Brilliant site btw!

Date: Wed 16/11/05 11:03PM
From: Frans Labuschagne

Message: My basies het ek in 86 by 1 SAI gedoen en my volgende jaar by 4 SAI.Ek het ook aan Operasie Modular deelgeneem. Ek was `n Ratel drywer en het die seksie bevelvoerder kar no11 bestuur. Laat ek van julle manne hoor!

Date: Thu 1/12/05 1:33PM
From: Daniel Oosthuizen

Message: July '82 - Charlie Coy 5 SAI - Did 3 stints to "NAM" 52 Bat/53Bat and Sector 20 Rundu Rocks!! Living in the UK now... but will never forget my true brothers!

Date: Fri 2/12/05 10:30AM
From: Clinton Range

Message: Great site! It brings back a lot of memories, both good and bad. I was in 1 SSB July '86 to July '88. Rundu Sector 20 ops Hooper and Modular, a gunner on an Eland '90, seconded to 61 Meg. It's good to remember and that our mates did NOT live and die for nothing!

Date: Mon 5/12/05 4:42PM
From: Jason Bouch

Message: Keeping the memories alive! 5 SAI / 142 Batt in Potch / 61 meg. 1989 - July 1990

Date: Mon 12/12/05 3:12AM
From: Craig Cruickshank

Message: Great website, brings back memories from 23 years ago. Basics at Tech Serv.Corps (Pta) Jan 81 - June 81. Volunteered for border, sent to Grootfontein June 81 - Dec 82. Posted to 101 Workshop Reaksie Mag. Even though South Africa has forgotten those that made the ultimate sacrifice, we who served, will not forget them!

Date: Wed 14/12/05 9:05PM
From: Dennis Finch

Message: Hi Guys! What a good site. Did my training in 11 Commando Kimberley 78/79 Border duty Old Etale, Old Okatope, Rundu, New Okatope and Ondangwa. Lets hear from old soldiers of 11 Commando. Any ex SADF guys in the U.K. lets organise a SPIT BRAAI!!

Date: Sun 18/12/05 12:11AM
From: Giles Hulley

Message: I was never in the SADF, I went to university instead, then as I finished conscription was scrapped... unless I missed it of course, I never saw any mention of the fact that the government denied that the war was going on in the early 80's ... I also heard the government was in Angola for other reasons, and that the USA backed the South African effort there, partly because the Cubans were involved!? I would be interested to hear from guys who were actually there what they thought was going on!?

Date: Tue 20/12/05 12:41PM
From: Mark Algar

Message: Cpl, 7 SAI, 83-85, Border Duty - Opuwa, Dec 83 - Feb 84, 905 Co. - Sec 20 Feb 84 - July 85. The best days of my life!! Let us never forget!

Date: Thu 29/12/05 8:18PM
From: Anton AO2 Beer

Message: Ons sal dit nooit vergeet nie. 2 Lt. Wynand Pearson ek sal jou nooit vergeet nie, my vriend

Date: Mon 2/1/06 8:09AM
From: Thomas Dainat

Message: Great site. Thanks very much for the memories. I was part of Northern Transvaal Medical Command and later 5 Medical Bn as one of the 12 Surgeon General's Guards (Jan 86 to Dec 87) - Thomas Dainat 84546860 BG/BT

Date: Wed 4/1/06 4:44PM
From: Jacques Weber

Message: I did my one year service at 8 SAI Upington in 1993. Became a BEV gunner 12.7 and went to all those bad places. Lohatla, Riemvasmaak etc.What a time. Thank you for the site. Glad I could be part of it.

Date: Mon 9/1/06 3:23PM
From: Daniel Oosthuizen

Message: This is a great site. Well done!! 5 SAI 1982 - 1984. Does anyone remember Rooi Bard - Sgt Major Oosthuizen from 5 SAI. We all hated him back then ... but now - looking back - I think he is probably one of the bravest soldiers I ever had the privilege of serving under!

Date: Fri 13/1/06 7:13PM
From: Rodney Isemann

Message: HL/Cpl mortars 5 SAI, 87-88. Duty in PMB, Grahamstown and PE and border at Nkongo in 88. Oscar and Bravo companies. Live in UK now. Great site James, well done. We will never forget. I'd like to hear from anybody I knew, my memory is quite bad for names/dates but anybody knew Rory Carrick or other names are Dippenaar, Prinsloo, Nel. Some of my guys. Kudos to all of us - "The Bad Guys"

Date: Sat 14/1/06 3:01PM
From: Daniel Oosthuizen

Message: Giles, I spent a long time fighting in SWA/Angola in the early 80's. The war was about protecting the SA mandate to govern SWA until 1999. We were given that mandate by the United Nations after helping defeat the German Kaiser in the 1st world war. SWA was a German colony before that. We had every right to defend what was ours given by international agreement. Every man that fought and fell in that war is a hero! We must never forget. Brothers, fathers and sons died so that you could enjoy your education. Don't fool yourself into thinking that the Cubans & Chinese where there to make a moral stand - they where there for the Namibian mineral wealth. We did get USA backing to fight what was in those days a real threat to freedom Communism!

Date: Sat 14/1/06 3:11PM
From: Daniel Oosthuizen

Message: Guy's does anyone remember the legend of SWAPO's "Big Foot" The gook that travelled along 8km of barbed wire fence to lose his spoor, apparently this guy had a size 15 boot and moved like a ghost.. Truth is even SWAPO had some heros

Date: Mon 16/1/06 9:47PM
From: Paul Gladwin

Message: Excellent site!!! Really brought back some memories... Served in School of Armour (JL's '86) and 4 SAI (Ops Moduler '87) "At thy call we did not falter..."


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