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    Since 1989 1st of April will always have another meaning to me than April Fool.
    This was the day Swapo invaded NamibiŽ.

    Who on the forum were involved in SADF, Koevoet, SWAPOL or SWATF at that time?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Merlyn
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    I got to know about this later on in life, but have a few friends who was involved.

    Sad few days indeed...

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    I was. Last year of NS
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    Perez de Cuellar gave me a half a sheep stuffed with couscous or millet, off of his Gulf Stream

    I had forgotten about that.

    Louis Pienaar was a great guy, Maj Habig and Capt Moses used to fly him back and forth. Great pilots, great guys. I would get a call to say they were inbound and I would get a couply steaks on the go. They would give me a few Unita or Cuban Rat Packs in exchange.

    30 years ago already
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Perez de Cuellar gave me a half a sheep stuffed with couscous or millet, off of his Gulf Stream

    I had forgotten about that.

    Louis Pienaar was a great guy, Maj Habig and Capt Moses used to fly him back and forth. Great pilots, great guys. I would get a call to say they were inbound and I would get a couply steaks on the go. They would give me a few Unita or Cuban Rat Packs in exchange.

    30 years ago already
    I am still waiting for a bottle Cuban Rum for which I have paid for
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Since 1989 1st of April will always have another meaning to me than April Fool.
    This was the day Swapo invaded NamibiŽ.

    Who on the forum were involved in SADF, Koevoet, SWAPOL or SWATF at that time?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Merlyn
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    My brother was wounded in that operation and his one Ltd killed next to him. I was in Namibia at the time as well. Sad time and totally not neccessary!
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    FIL was a medic in koevoet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    My brother was wounded in that operation and his one Ltd killed next to him. I was in Namibia at the time as well. Sad time and totally not neccessary!
    Indeed and we were unprepared base bound and disarmed. The first SWAPOL patrols that run into SWAPO took heavy losses.
    We re-equipped and re-armed Ratels and Casspirs through the night of the 1st of April to get them battle ready again.

    Very uncertain times as we were not allowed to take action according to UN resolutions. Some of us were instructed to spray paint browns camo colours to dodge Untag.

    Have lost the hearing in my left ear in the action that followed 1 April 1989.

    I wonder if the two NDP Lieutenants still remember when I drove them into Angola for a wee. They were shocked and horrified when the found out that we crossed the border. Somewhere close to the Hippo pools. Flippen Cubans spotted us and I had serious explanation to do about the border violation
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    I am still waiting for a bottle Cuban Rum for which I have paid for
    Who from? If it was anything like their cigarettes you might have dodged one there
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    Also a very interesting incident that bug me all these years. On our arrival before everyone were posted out one the troops came to me late one night. He told me he had a vision about an attack on our forces and that only a few would be armed. He also told me we are going to lost one of the guys in our squad. Told him to relax we were in time of peace it will never happen.

    Everything turned out as he told me. He were a Ruacana at that stage when SWAPO attacked and only him and our Ratel crew were armed. The rest had their weapons turned in as per UN Resolution. He was also right about the lost of life. We lost a Ratel driver to friendly fire in contact when Koevoet got mixed up in the fighting. He opened the hatch after a "Staak Vuur" command.

    Just another believe it or not story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Who from? If it was anything like their cigarettes you might have dodged one there
    Gave money to one of the guys who interacted with the Cubans at joint monitoring posts. He bought and swopped Rum and stuff from the Cubans. After things went haywire I have never seen him again, so my Rum never got delivered.
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