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Date: Tue 2/1/07 12:09PM
From: Massimo Folgore

Message: Great page, an alternative to going down to the pub and exchanging Mag stories. I did basics and JL's at the Army gymnasium in Heidelberg, 1 Signal Regiment, 1991. Transfered to 2 Signal Regiment Wonderboom then served in 212 Squadron at Boekies, North of Pretoria. What a jol

Date: Tue 31/12/07 12:21PM
From: Stan Le Roux

Message: Great site. Look forward to more updates. I was 85/87 NSM Ops Medic with 3 SAI Bravo/7 SAI (from Dec 06 to Jun 07). Duty in Homelands/townships & the Border (Okatope, Oshigambo, & Ogongo). Camps done with 1 Med BN Durban.

Date: Sat 30/12/06 3:40PM
From: Gerhard Pretorius

Message: Goeie dag aan al die ou weermaglede. My pa (Sers. P.J Pretorius - Piet) was in die weermag vannaf 1978-1989. Het in eenheid 4 SA Infantrie Bataljon gedien in Middelburg. Was laater Pretoria toe en laaste 93Ammo depot Jan Kemdorp/Duncan. Sy mags Nommer was 76448067. As enige iemand hom geken het of van hom geweet het sal ek dit waardeur as ons in verbinding kan tree. Hy is in Junie 2004 oorlede en sal graag ou weermag herinneringe van hom waardeur. Enige inligting sal waardeur word. Baie dankie. Gerhard Pretorius ONS VIR JOU SUID-AFRIKA

Date: Sat 30/12/06 9:47AM
From: Robin Peters

Message: Great page!History is history.Intake 84-85.83526947BT LT in16 Maintenance.

Date: Thu 28/12/06 6:36AM
From: Abri Coertzen

Message: O/KPL I.A Coertzen 84383140BG.. 87-89 , Tiffy .. Voortreker Hoogte 6-maande was in Delta Comp .. toe is ons Lohatlha toe vir 'n ruk , en toe is ons Grens toe , ons eerste TB was tussen 101 en Miers Hoop .. lekker om van die ou manne hier raak te loop en al die stories te lees .. mooi bly .

Date: Fri 22/12/06 12:23AM
From: Arno Gerber

Message: Was in 1979-1980 in Inf.skool.Ons het great opl. gehad.Onthou veral vir kpl.Keeskas van Heerden en KSM Stasie Steenekamp. ONS MAG NOOIT VERGEET NIE. ONS VIR JOU

Date: Wed 20/12/06 8:17AM
From: RT van Rensburg

Message: Ops Medic 87'-88'. Julle mal bliksems! Dit was lekker. Kpl De Mol, ek wil jou nog steed hard moer!! Keep the site going guys. God Bless.

Date: Tue 19/12/06 2:28PM

Message: Hi guys to all you sappers who spent time in 2 Field and Oshakati I was impressed to find Carl Koekermoer on the web page. We did basics at 2 Field and then off to SWA Sec 10. I am still in the army reserves RSM of 3 Field Eng Reg Cape Town. Those were the days. If there is a sapper who has a photo of Bravo taken in Bethlehem 2 Field 85 / 86 put it on the web! Well guys it's the good old days we will never forget .For those of you who did do time in sec 10 Oshakati I was in charge of the pbs and keeping the base clean besides all the things we sappers did. I worked close with RSM K Neethling Cpt Meers Maj Botha ..... Good old days! Cheers! Sapper R R McCarthy (smiley /pora/ mac ) Remember when we were reved at 3 am and had to go out and look for doverts??

Date: Thu 14/12/06 10:43AM
From: Remo

Message: 88260724BG. AA Youngfield basics. 61 Mech 89-90. After Nambia, we were used mainly for counter insurgency. Those experiences shaped the men we became. 15 Years later the memories are still crystal clear.

Date: Wed 13/12/06 8:18AM
From: David Grant

Message: 1988 intake. basics in grahamstown, then punishment at 2SDB zeerust. Cpt Dik Hattingh was a nutcase.

Date: Sun 10/12/06 7:37AM
From: Francois Snyman

Message: Interesting reading.Was in SAP Firearm Unit,Jozini(1987-1993).Worked areas on Mozambique border as well as Kwa-Zulu homelands.Recovered many F/Arms handed to SDU's as mentioned in your article under SADF links.Keep up a good site!

Date: Fri 1/12/06 9:14PM
From: JLB

Message: 82433343BT 1984 tot 85 Diensplig, kampe tot 1990.Dankie vir die nagedagtenis. Ons het baie verloor vir niks...

Date: Mon 27/11/06 9:05PM
From: Dave

Message: 82535980BG, Jan 84 intake, 8 SAI. Section Leader, Platoon 5. Spent 15 months in Sector 10 - Etale, Okalongo and Oshakati. Beacon 16 experience was the most memorable, especially when we were "revved" at 03:00 early in 85. Now we hopefully have the maturity and life experience to not want to experience war again.

Date: Mon 27/11/06 8:45PM
From: Jed Mol

Message: My uncle was PF. Thanks for giving me a place to honour his memory.

Date: Mon 20/11/06 3:40PM
From: Mike Morgan

Message: 1975 intake 2SAIBnGp, B Coy Walvis Bay . Based at Calueque from August 1975 and then ops Savannah until December. Can't believe that it's over 30 years ago now. Keep up the good work.

Date: Mon 20/11/06 13:10PM
From: Keith Patterson

Message: Great site. Served called up for basics at 1 Para Bn July 75 and after basics moved to 6 SAI, Grahamstown.Based Calueque and surrounds Nov '75 to Mar 76. Also at Epupa and Ovamboland 1976. Very little info available on this period. Names I can recall - 1 Para Bn - Sgt. Maj Moller, Staff Sakkie, Cpl Lynch, Ronnie Els (he made you vasbyt), Lt. Wylie, Kallie Joubert, Kevin Foot, Noel Knickelbine, Benji Woods, George Barnes, Mario Simone. From 6 SAI, Cpl Grant, Cpl De Klerk (Spy), Percy Webb, Beets, Luiters, Kevin Morrow, Cordier, Fivaz, Cronje, Venter from PE. I have some photos. Will dig them out and send them in. Cheers Keith

Date: Mon 20/11/06 8:24AM
From: Jeff Rendulic

Message: 73460628bt 1ssb 1975 great site, but where are all the oldies from ops savanna best year of my life that I don't want again but with the guys I did it with, I'll do it again. joined rmr afterwards and met a great bunch of guys

Date: Fri 17/11/06 12:06AM
From: Eddie Wesselo

Message: Spent many happy times with 32 Btn, 52 Btn, 51 Btn and others. Esprit de corps was great and we had the most amazing defence force. Loyalty and honesty were the keywords not to speak of discipline which was superb. Had 45 years of voluntary service.

Date: Fri 12/11/06 4:10PM
From: Anton Otto

Message: I attended the 25th anniversary of operation Smokeshell at 1 SAI Bn last year, it was absolutely wonderful to meet real soldiers with Col Cassie. We would like to have more of the soldiers that served with A coy during the ops to attend the anniversary. I would appreciate it if you could contact me to start the planning for next year.

Date: Mon 8/11/06 8:59PM
From: Jacques Burger

Message: I was in 1SAI 1982 and 4SAI 1983. B-Coy Pl 1 Charlie Section. Would like to make contact with the ouens who served in PL 1. Please contact me on e-mail. Cheers!


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