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Date: Mon 12/6/06 8:47AM
From: Kevin Pfister

Message: 84532712BG School of Armour 87 & 88. Seeing the photos brings back many fond memories. Was on convoys for 3 months with MAN tank transporters as convoy guard. We went from BLOEM to LOHATLA and transported new tanks to OMATIYA 61MECH BAT. My friend PAUL BEUKES from HILLCREST was driver. Went on 2 trips and to 4VRP near Pretoria. A dear friend OPS medic RAYMOND JAGGA was killed up on border. He was an only child and such a decent bloke. I miss the ORANGE WHITE AND BLUE, cheers to all other troopers who served!

Date: Mon 5/6/06 7:24PM
From: Clive Emmerson

Message: Thanks for a great site. Served Jan - March 83 at 10 Ack Ack then April - June 83 at SA Sysk then June 83 to Dec 84 at Buffalo Base 32 Battalion. 81418485BT

Date: Sat 3/6/06 9:59AM
From: Paul Du Preez

Message: 87367629BG. First of all this is a fantastic site. Well done! I was called up in 89 and did basics at Army Gym, but decided running around with a radio wasn't for me. Went to Provost school and was the sent to Provost Unit Lohatla. Really great times were had there and I have great memories of the place. Any other guys out there remember S/Sgt Mojavia and Sgt Major Greef? I Klaared out and then joined the SAPS talk about a sucker for punishment. Spent 11 years in the force with the Tugela Ferry Firearm unit and then Murder and Robbery. I have now opted for what one could call a normal life. I still get a lump in my throat every time I see or hear a Puma fly by, donít you?

Date: Fri 2/6/06 10:00AM
From: Paul Grobler

Message: Brilliant site! Was in the force for 18 years. Need to hear from others that were in Technical Training Centre [Tiffies] from 1977. Basic training as appies

Date: Sat 28/5/06 4:13PM
From: Dave

Message: Hi all, what a Great site!!!!! I spent 18months on the border in 1979-1980, was on many operations including Smokeshell. I am looking for a book that was published in the early 80's called "Border Strike". I had a copy that I lent to somebody, for the life of me I cannot remember who, and never saw it again. If anybody knows the whereabouts of a copy that I can purchase I would be pleased to hear from them.

Date: Fri 26/5/06 10:29AM
From: Peter Bolton

Message: Hi JD - what a great site! - reckon I am one of the original 1SAI Banzai guys - 70527296 - when it was based in Oudtshoorn & The famous Pep Van Zyl was C.S.M - HQ Coy where I served in Mortar Platoon. Then to Durban Regt and with SWA/ SPEC COINOPS / Bn 52 in 1978/9 . great pictures & incredible stories. No matter what your politics are/were, serving in the SADF was a life changing experience. It would be brilliant surprise if any old 1SAI / Dbn Rgt guys popped up again ... Paul Prinsloo, Huey etc.

Date: Thu 25/5/06 8:41AM
From: Albert Cornelissen

Message: 78429404 - Well done! Nice site! Best I have seen so far. Anybody here from 10 anti aircraft 1980 - 1981? Please mail me.

Date: Tue 23/5/06 10:18PM
From: Robbie Cox

Message: Brill site, served 1SAI tempe as 20/12.7mil gunner call sign '0' in 89-91 under Maj Delport. Done some camps at Wembe Messina where I fell out a tree and broke my leg and, anyone remember? Great memories ... miss the lads and times

Date: Sat 20/5/06 11:33PM
From: Hiena

Message: Amazing site. Congratulations. This site show the truth and how the SADF was during the war. A question for the USA: After independence what gain the people with the new governments in Mozambique, Angola, Rhodesia and South Africa? Gain with the change? One day the true will arrive!

Date: Tue 16/5/06 9:45AM
From: Stu Thompson

Message: Hi guys. Excellent site. I did basics at 8SAI Jan 86. Served in Owamboland sector10, Kangwane RSA/Mozambique border and 4SAI anti-tank squad Ratel 90's on Ops Modular. Fought with 61 mech and 32 battalion. Klaared out Dec 87. Joined SAP Special riot unit 19 and Durban Dog Unit. Left in 1995 to live in UK. Truly the toughest but best days of my life. We must always remember ...

Date: Sat 13/5/06 5:28PM
From: Peter Chapman

Message: 76515600 BG - Army Service Corps, July 1978 - July 1980 and SA Irish Regiment 1981 to 1986. Grootfontein, Okahandja and Windhoek from late 1978 to January 1980. This is a great site, and a fitting tribute to the many guys who fought that long undeclared war. Brings back many memories. Well done!

Date: Mon 1/5/06 4:16AM
From: Marco - 73515991BT

Message: Excellent site - brings back a lot of good and sad memories. Most of my mates are sadly missed, the good that had fallen and the ones that survived - I would certainly have some of those good times over again

Date: Sun 30/4/06 4:59AM
From: Mike Black

Message: Well done. A great website. Comprehensive and indeed going a long way to ensure we never forget.

Date: Fri 28/4/06 12:06PM
From: Arrow Rory

Message: 2 SAI Walvisbaai - It's taken 20 years to finally realise what the war on the border was all about. Thank you!

Date: Mon 24/4/06 7:53PM
From: Vagn Nielsen

Message: Excellent Site! Well done! My band of brothers. 83 Intake at 6 SAI and then transferred to SWATF 101 - the best of the best. "Oshivello, Miershoop, Okatopi, Ondangwa, Etale, Eenhana, Oshigambo, Ruacana, Opuwa, Okangwati"

Date: Wed 19/4/06 6:50PM
From: Herc Coetzee

Message: Great site. Served at 2SSB (Zeerust) 1980-1981. Operational duties at Ondangwa, Etale and Oshakati. Converted from Armoured cars in 1983 to tanks. Hope to hear from anyone that served in B Squadron

Date: Sun 16/4/06 4:41PM
From: Sean Kelly

Message: Hi all, I think this web site is great. I am looking for anyone from Cape Town who did their national service at 8 SAI 1993. Especially Froxtrot Comp (Basics) and Charlie Company (Riemvasmaak). I have served in a couple of units since then and am still serving. But have never forgotten 8 SAI. "Come to 8 SAI. Come to 8 SAI. Its the place for you and me. There's a sign board at the entrance saying welcome unto thee" Remember that song? Well guys keep it real!

Date: Fri 14/4/06 4:52PM
From: Grateful

Message: Thanks for the site. I respect any fellow South African that served on the border. Even though I missed the conscription, things have changed in South Africa and people around the world don't know your side of the story. I for one will never forget their sacrifices and am eternally grateful.

Date: Fri 7/4/06 11:12PM
From: Bill Struthers

Message: Recognition at last! What a great web site! I served in the SP Wag from 1985-1987 although I never went to the border area we served in the townships of Alexandra and Soweto. Lost a few great mates during my two years. A lot of boys served in the townships basically the real frontline at home during those turbulent times. Maybe you can dedicate a section to the township conflicts of the times? Keep up the excellent work. Lest we forget....

Date: Mon 3/4/06 5:12PM
From: Joni

Message: GREAT SITE!!! Very, very nice. EXCELLENT! Brings back many memories, old soldiers never die. Keep it up!!


This website about the South African Defence Force is a tribute to all who served in the SADF, and a reminder to those who have long since forgotten ...