Military History

Definitive book on the Ratel infantry combat vehicle published

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After ten years in the making, a new two-volume book on the Ratel infantry combat vehicle (ICV) has been completed by a group of...

SS Mendi: ‘poignant’ part of history

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The sacrifice of hundreds of men on board the SS Mendi when the vessel sank on the morning of 21 February 1917 will never...

Gate guards are part of military aviation history and tradition

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The deployment of gate guards in the form of aircraft no longer in service is a time-honoured tradition in air forces around the world...

SAAF centenary: When the past collides with the present

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) is generally accepted as having been formed on 1 February 1920. This makes it the second oldest Commonwealth...

SA Air Force Association marks 75 years of camaraderie and help

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The SA Air Force Association (SAAFA) this year marks its 75th anniversary with a number of events, the first taking place later this month...

SANDF to support National Civic Remembrance Day

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be supporting the National Civic Remembrance Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Johannesburg this coming...

A South African aviation pioneer’s story

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It's a far cry from the jumbo jets of today back down the years to the goggles and oil-spattered overalls of those pilots who...

Voortrekker preparing for final berthing at Naval Museum

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Another component of South African naval history is en route to the SA Navy Museum in Simon’s Town. That component is the ocean yacht Voortrekker...

Veterans Military Fair coming to Edenvale

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Edenvale in Gauteng is the place to be on Saturday 29 June if you are a collector of military memorabilia in any number of...

Permanent home for Mirage F1 CZ at Stellenbosch Flying Club

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South Africa has a proud military aviation history and the efforts of both the country’s aviation community and the SA Air Force (SAAF) work...

The Warsaw Airlift, a triumph of South African bravery

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The overall participation of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in the Second World War contributed greatly to the Allies' successes. Nearly 50 000...

The South African Navy’s ‘darkest hour’ is not recognised and not commemorated

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Here’s a question for many, in what action did the South African Navy (SAN) experience its greatest single loss of personnel, the largest sacrifice...

We Will Remember comes to Africa

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The We Will Remember documentary initiative has come to Africa to record South African veterans who served during the Second Word War. Founded in 2017,...

Cubans commemorate 31st anniversary of Cuito Cuanavale at Freedom Park

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The Vice President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Her Excellency Ines Maria Chapman Waugh...

Former enemies visit key sites of the “Border War”

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Veterans from both sides of the Border War have remembered their former comrades who died or were wounded in that conflict and are bringing...

The fog of war: How Cuito Cuanavale became a legend

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One of the interesting aspects of researching the fighting in southern Angola in 1987/88 was finding how different the recorded facts were to popular...

Feature: Was Cuito Cuanavale an SADF objective?

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There has been renewed interest in the final phase of South Africa's involvement in Angola 30 years ago, but it has been mired in...