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Feb 26

Written by: Johan Schoeman
2011/02/26 02:22 AM  RssIcon

Members of this WarBlog will be able to view this collection of 99 EXCLUSIVE slides have been provided to War In Angola by Jaco van Zyl and comprises of snapshots taken during Operation Protea in August 1981, mostly of Combat Group 20 and their attack on Xangongo and Ongiva...
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Re: Exclusive Photo Gallery of Operation Protea added

Thanks, Johan. And Jaco. May this gallery be followed by many others! The shot of the Flossie could have been taken by a professional - it really captures the character of the old bird!

By Phillip Vietri on   2011/02/26 08:57 AM
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Hi, Phillip.
As far as I know, most of these photos were taken by a press photographer that accompanied the Operation. They were converted from a set of slides that were to be used to document the operation.
Whether the documentary ever saw the light of day, I am not sure. I will find out more from Jaco...;-)

By Johan Schoeman on   2011/02/27 11:18 PM
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OK, if the conversion was from contemporary slides, I understand the quality. I thought they might have been snapshots taken by a troep. The shot of the plane is still a beauty, though.

By Phillip Vietri on   2011/02/28 10:46 AM
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Johan: I have been looking at the photos again. For guys like myself, who were not there, it would help a lot to have some labels. Can do? Thanks, Phillip.

By Phillip Vietri on   2011/03/07 09:42 AM
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Phillip, as much as I would want to, I couldn't. Neither Jaco nor myself was actually part of Operation Protea (I went in afterwards - Op Daisy). Jaco was made custodian of the slides and he was concerned enough to try and preseve them. We did get the 61 Mech Bn Gp veterans involved, but the photos were of the other battlegroup, 20, and not of 10, which 61 Mech formed the basis of. Gert Minnaar of 61 Mech did bring the photos under the attention of Genl Dippenaar, who, as a Commandant, was the commanding officer of that battlegroup. He features on a number of slides. We are hoping to get some commentary back from him.

By Johan Schoeman on   2011/03/12 09:09 AM
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Johan - I really hope something will come of that. Look forward to the possibility. Thanks, Phillip.

By The Ancient Armourer on   2011/03/12 10:57 PM
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They were converted from a set of slides that were to be used to document the operation.

By runescape gold on   2011/08/23 04:05 AM
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did not know something like this exsists great stuff brings back memories

By ROBERT WILLIAM LEIGHTON on   2012/01/01 02:27 AM
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Hi Frank Louw good photos nice to see somone I know the haskins is wrong he is not in the photo it was lester (DUCK) both feet in plaster basics> The other guys Greg pillay and Gerhard ARAB Rabe arab because he tried to awol through the desert. To Frank and others I say thanks will catch you on facebook

By ROBERT WILLIAM LEIGHTON on   2012/01/01 02:51 AM
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I was one of those photographers on ops protea. i worked for uniform magazine and was sent in along with a film crew and spent 2 weeks alongside the infantry shooting images for media and propaganda use. thousands of images were taken and every 2 days or so were collected by helicopter and flown back to xangongo for processing and distribution.

By wayne hayward on   2013/12/04 01:35 AM
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Very interesting Wayne... you didn't happen to RETAIN some of that photographic material, did you? ;-)

By Johan Schoeman on   2013/12/08 12:20 AM
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fuckoff I was in the company in battle group 2 that was fired on by own force 105 art directed at us by that arsehole PIET in his bosbok above us My section leader had his head blow away, The ops medic lost the back of his head.Capt Kreef lost both legs plus meny more fucked

By charles on   2013/12/12 06:06 PM
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Charles.... please do tell us more about this incident... Have you got names and dates, and location, possibly? I can try and find out more!

By Johan Schoeman on   2013/12/13 06:32 AM
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Johan - have you managed to find out any more about the incident described by "charles"? Or has he contacted you since? I am interested because by "friendly fire" standards, this certainly is extreme. Yet even with extensive reading I have never heard it mentioned. I take an interest in such incidents when analysing statistics for my pupils, but clearly cannot use this incident in an academic History course without verification. Thanks, Phillip.

By The Ancient Armourer on   2013/12/24 08:26 AM
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Unfortunately Charles did not get back to me at all...;-(

By Johan Schoeman on   2014/01/05 03:41 AM
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I was at that stage in HK 7 Inf Div where the originaly the planning for that Ops had started. I can confirm that it really happened. I have read the the report as it came in.

By Peet v d Merwe on   2014/04/07 11:22 PM
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Was ook daar meg bateljon sal graag fotos wil sie ; bring ou herringere terug

By Jan VISSER on   2014/08/06 04:10 PM
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was ook betokke 61 Meg. Sal graag fotos wil sien ou Herineringe
Was Ratel DRYWER

By Jan VISSER on   2014/08/06 04:14 PM
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Die fotos kan nou deur geregistreerde lede van War In Angola besigtig word by http://www.warinangola.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1285

By Johan Schoeman on   2014/08/09 03:58 PM
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Ongiva battlegroup 30 . 7SAI.All I remember was we were in the road next to the church when the friendly fire hit a group in front of us. Being a skietpiet we were told to le laag nogal in the tarred road , but when the second bomb fell we ran ignoring instructions, and dug in and buggerd up the garden of the house to the right of the church .

By Johan on   2015/03/15 09:18 PM
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My broer was deel van operasie protea, en het gesterf dd 1981/08/28, ek sal graag van die fotof wil sien, Dankie

By Harriet on   2015/08/23 04:45 PM
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My broer was deel van operasie protea, en het gesterf dd 1981/08/28, ek sal graag van die fotos wil sien, Dankie

By Harriet on   2015/08/23 04:45 PM
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My broer was deel van operasie protea, en het gesterf dd 1981/08/28, ek sal graag van die fotos wil sien, Dankie

By Harriet on   2015/08/23 04:45 PM

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