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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    Exactly. They are like machines. Never stop being fit.
    And they will talk about gymming or running or fitness but never about making war.
    apparently they love stretching too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by royjacobs View Post
    Another of Hendrik Smith aka 'Smitty' also used by Al J Venter.
    Looks almost exactly like my LMG #1 called Stander.

    He was replaced by Virginio Ponte when Stander was promoted to Section 2IC in another section. Yes, Virginio was the son of the owner of the Ponte Building in JHB. And he was a volunteer. Had a full Italian passport, and could have skipped the country.

    I also had another volunteer, a Belgian called Guilleaume Ficq (don't shoot me for the spelling, it was a long time ago). He and Virginio shared LMG duties. Both as strong as oxes. Carried that FN MAG like it was an R4.

    We did an extended internal Op just south of Elundu at one stage in early 1982, to clear that haak&steek area of SWAPO. Horrible HORRIBLE terrain. I think it was Gawie Klue that got dragged off the Buffel bin by the haak&steek, it took us 15 minutes to cut him free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    and where did we serve, pray tell?
    More than you will ever know......but we lost didn’t we.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrepb View Post
    More than you will ever know......but we lost didn’t we.
    only the war, but never the battles
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Looks almost exactly like my LMG #1 called Stander.

    He was replaced by Virginio Ponte when Stander was promoted to Section 2IC in another section. Yes, Virginio was the son of the owner of the Ponte Building in JHB. And he was a volunteer. Had a full Italian passport, and could have skipped the country.

    I also had another volunteer, a Belgian called Guilleaume Ficq (don't shoot me for the spelling, it was a long time ago). He and Virginio shared LMG duties. Both as strong as oxes. Carried that FN MAG like it was an R4.

    We did an extended internal Op just south of Elundu at one stage in early 1982, to clear that haak&steek area of SWAPO. Horrible HORRIBLE terrain. I think it was Gawie Klue that got dragged off the Buffel bin by the haak&steek, it took us 15 minutes to cut him free.
    I once watched PW (Cnut) step off a jet into a puddle of melted tar. He looked at it and then at the Brigadier who in turn looked at and a Colonel who in turn looked at it and looked at a Major who in turn looked at it and looked at a Captain, who in turn looked at it and who looked at a Lieutenant who in turn looked at and looked at a Sgt Maj who in turn looked at it an then at me, who in turn looked at it and looked at an Airman.

    Such was the military
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I once watched PW (Cnut) step off a jet into a puddle of melted tar. He looked at it and then at the Brigadier who in turn looked at and a Colonel who in turn looked at it and looked at a Major who in turn looked at it and looked at a Captain, who in turn looked at it and who looked at a Lieutenant who in turn looked at and looked at a Sgt Maj who in turn looked at it an then at me, who in turn looked at it and looked at an Airman.

    Such was the military
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    Quote Originally Posted by royjacobs View Post
    Any 6SAI Men on this forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrepb View Post
    More than you will ever know......but we lost didn’t we.
    Correct, we lost a lot more than just the War.
    At its height the Defence budget consumed 30% of national treasury so we lost money, careers were put on hold, families were traumatized due to loss. But it is a part of our national history that cannot be denied or erased.
    For me the lesson is to take it for what it was, keep a balance on the pros & cons but never to forget that it was a reality at the time that affected us all in some way or another, regardless of your politics, religion or race.
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    So bietjie 'n tragiese (lewens-) storie.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinus View Post
    77-79 Alpha Company
    Hey Tinus,
    I was also Alpha Company from July '79 - June '81
    I went down there in 2017 and tried to get into the base to show my kids. No-go-zone

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    So... I guess there is no Merc... I mean Benz for sale anymore...

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    Quote Originally Posted by royjacobs View Post
    Hey Tinus,
    I was also Alpha Company from July '79 - June '81
    I went down there in 2017 and tried to get into the base to show my kids. No-go-zone

    Roy
    Never been back there. and I don't intend to. Did 2 stints at old Etale base in my national service. Lost a good friend there on a landmine incident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinus View Post
    Never been back there. and I don't intend to. Did 2 stints at old Etale base in my national service. Lost a good friend there on a landine incident.
    Very sorry to hear about your friend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Looks almost exactly like my LMG #1 called Stander.

    He was replaced by Virginio Ponte when Stander was promoted to Section 2IC in another section. Yes, Virginio was the son of the owner of the Ponte Building in JHB. And he was a volunteer. Had a full Italian passport, and could have skipped the country.

    I also had another volunteer, a Belgian called Guilleaume Ficq (don't shoot me for the spelling, it was a long time ago). He and Virginio shared LMG duties. Both as strong as oxes. Carried that FN MAG like it was an R4.

    We did an extended internal Op just south of Elundu at one stage in early 1982, to clear that haak&steek area of SWAPO. Horrible HORRIBLE terrain. I think it was Gawie Klue that got dragged off the Buffel bin by the haak&steek, it took us 15 minutes to cut him free.
    HAAK en STEEK

    would you believe Tvl Scottish was sent up there for 3 months to go and collect the seeds of the haak en steek tree.
    Supposedly the defence force wanted to create barriers made up of Sisal and haak en steek bushes planted in an impenetrable line.
    Wonder who dreamed up that idea and wonder if anything actually came of it

    However , for me that has to have been the most monumental waste of 3 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    What I member of 32bt is the unimog of Col Brytenbach next to the OPS room each time we came there, and Sundays we played soccer against them. We lost each time.

    At Okongo were a section of police koevoete, not very friendly guys. At that stage there were many terrorist activities around Okongo. Luckily they never bothered us building the Chandelier road.
    Those koevoete had more weekly kills than we had in a year. We often used to sh1t ourselves there after they came back from a successful ops and decided to shoot a fireplan after many beers, dropping mortars close to our boundary walls....nobody dared to mess with them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    only the war, but never the battles
    True....... wonder what outcome would have been if Yanks hadn’t backed out of their “covert” support at the last minute when we could see the lights of Luanda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrepb View Post
    True....... wonder what outcome would have been if Yanks hadn’t backed out of their “covert” support at the last minute when we could see the lights of Luanda.

    To this day.....pet dislikes....Politicians and Yanks.
    Often wondered myself. We would probably have been fighting an even bigger war at some stage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    Quite interesting how some units had amazing fitness standards.
    A National Serviceman former collegue of mine just after arriving back from 32Bn (up in Caprivi) in the states, did a Comrades without any marathon training and finished in the bronze (afaik) without being as murtu as most Comrades contenders nowadays.
    Probably a walk in the park without webbing, staaldak en geweer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caracal View Post
    Probably a walk in the park without webbing, staaldak en geweer.
    I believe so. Just PT-clothes and takkies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I heard 6 SAI were only girls?
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