Operation Boswilger

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Operation Boswilger
Part of the South African Border War
Location Angola
Operation Boswilger is located in Angola
Chitado
Chitado
Ondangwa
Ondangwa
Operation Boswilger (Angola)
Objective Hot pursuit operation against PLAN insurgents.
Date 29–30 June 1985

Operation Boswilger was a military operation by the South African Defence Force (SADF) in June 1985 during the South African Border War and Angolan Civil War. The SADF soldiers pursued SWAPO's, PLAN insurgents from South-West Africa/Namibia across the border into Angola.

Background[edit]

On 28 June, PLAN insurgents entered South-West Africa damaging a bridge between Epali and Ondangwa, sabotaging telephone poles, mortaring the Eenhana SADF base and a bomb was detonated at the Ongwediva Teachers Training College[1]:132

On 29 June 1985, South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF) mechanised reaction teams set off in a hot pursuit operation following the tracks of the insurgents across the border into Angola. Bases were attacked up to 40 km inside Angola. The operation lasted two days before the SWATF withdrew back across the border to SWA.

At the end of the operation, 56 PLAN insurgents had been killed with one casualty from the SWATF with weapons and ammunition captured.[1]:132

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's border war, 1966-1989. Gibraltar: Ashanti Pub. ISBN 0620139676. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's border war, 1966-1989. Gibraltar: Ashanti Pub. ISBN 0620139676. 

Coordinates: 17°19′22″S 13°55′16″E / 17.3227°S 13.9211°E / -17.3227; 13.9211