Border War 1978 – 1980.

It's  july 1978 and I'm leaving home for the army. Took the train into town and met up at the Cape Town castle. Suddenly I released that I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life.  They shouted and cussed us telling us what to do, stealing all our freedoms. Informing us that our lives were not our own anymore, we now belonged to the army and there was no way back.   Basic training Few hours later we were on the train … [Read more...]

NOTICE OF RETURN

A friendly warning on this ....... day of ...... 1988 to the parents, relatives, friends, girlfriend and neighbors of the following member of the SADF: NO: ....... Rank: ............... Name: .................... In a short time the above mentioned soldier will temporarily take his place among you, feeling demoralized, bossies, sand mad and probably fly crazy.   You are earnestly advised to do the following in … [Read more...]

ANGOLA AND SOUTH WEST AFRICA: A FORGOTTEN WAR (1975-89)

Debay, Yves (Text) Source: Raids magazine. No. 44 July 1995 ISSN 0963-1852 PP. 20-23, 41. Posters note: The original appears to have been written in French. Some of the exotic spelling remains from the original article. 1975 was a particularly bad year for the western world: Saigon and Phnom Penh fell into communist hands while, after a sudden about-face in western Africa, the Soviets turned away from their Somali allies to back … [Read more...]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BOYS ON THE BORDER?

By Marianne Tham Photography by Tracey Derrick From `SA city life’ March 1999 pp. 24-29, 50. ISSN # 1029-483X (www.sacitylife.com) This is the story of two South Africans who left home as boys and returned as battle-scarred men. Although they fought different wars, Yazir Henry and Charles Hodson live with similar memories. It was an experience that set them apart from the rest of society – as it did hundreds and thousands of other … [Read more...]

TALES FROM THE HELL THAT HAUNTS US ALL

by Brendan Seery: Sunday Star (Johannesburg) 06-10-1991   Graphic details by SA bush veterans of the horrors of war and the problems they faced coming home have been compiled in a remarkable book by Unisa lecturer Karen Batley. Barely having started shaving their teenaged faces, they donned military brown to fight a war 2 000 km away from their homeland. With the dust of the African bush in their nostrils and its fine grit … [Read more...]

Books.

Books about the war we were part of and testimonies from the forgotten heroes. An Unpopular War by J.H. Thompson In the seventies, eighties and nineties, conscription had a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of young men, particularly those who had to serve in the Angolan war. This book is a collection of reflections and memories of that time, collected by JH Thompson, who interviewed men who did National Service in … [Read more...]