The South african border war

The Border War

The South African Border War, commonly referred to as the Angolan Bush War in South Africa, was a conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) on the one side and the Angolan Armed Forces (FAPLA), South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), and their allies – mainly Cuba – on the other. It was closely intertwined with the Angolan Civil War and the Namibian War of Independence.

This List of operations of the South African Border War details the military operations conducted by the South African Defence Force during the South African Border War:


  • Operation Savannah (1975)
  • Operation Bruilof (1978)
  • Operation Seiljag (1978)
  • Operation Reindeer (1978)
  • Operation Seiljag (1978)
  • Operation Rekstok (1979)
  • Operation Safraan (1979)
  • Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) (1980)
  • Operation Vastrap (July 1980)
  • Operation Klipklop (1980)
  • Operation Vasbyt (1981)
  • Operation Protea (1981)
  • Operation Kerslig (1981)
  • Operation Super (1982)
  • Operation Meebos (1982)
  • Operation Drama (1983)
  • Operation Drama (1983)
  • Operation Phoenix (1983)
  • Operation Askari (1983)
  • Operation Boswilger (1985)
  • Operation Egret (1985)
  • Operation Argon (1985)
  • Operation Wallpaper
  • Operation Alpha Centauri (1986)
  • Operation Modular (1987)
  • Operation Hooper (1987 / 1988)
  • Operation Prone (1988)
  • Operation Vuiswys (1988)
  • Operation Displace (1989)
  • Operation Linger (1989)

our military history

South Africa has a proud military history that chronicles a vast time period and complex events from the dawn of history until the present time. It covers civil wars and wars of aggression and of self-defence both within South Africa and against it.
It includes the history of battles fought in the territories of modern South Africa and in neighboring territories, during both world wars and in modern international conflicts.The “Special Interest” pages contain many interesting articles regarding the military history of South Africa spanning from the Anglo-Boer Wars to the South African Border War.

Read about “Nancy the Springbok” and “Jackie the Baboon”; animals that were used as mascots by the South Africans soldiers during WWI.
Here you will also find articles about the daring but controversial South African paratrooper assault on the Angolan town of Cassinga in 1978 during the Border War, and the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale towards the latter part of the conflict.

wars and conflicts

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