People's Liberation Army of Namibia

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People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN)
Active 1962–1990
Country Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania
Allegiance South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)
Type Paramilitary
Nickname PLAN
Ceremonial chief Sam Nujoma
Sam Nujoma, Dimo Hamaambo, Peter Nanyemba, Danger Ashipala, Solomon Huwala, Peter Nambundunga, Peter Mweshihange

The People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) was the active military wing of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) during the Namibian War of Independence founded in 1962 by Sam Nujoma.[1] It sought independence for the territory (then South West Africa, now Namibia) from South African rule. PLAN was first attacked by the South African Defence Force at Ongulumbashe in northern Namibia on 26 August, 1966. Operation Blouwildebees was launched by the South African police catching the PLAN Comabatants by surprise. Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, PLAN launched incursions from bases in Zambia then later Angola. PLAN was integrated into the Namibian Defence Force upon independence in 1990.

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