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Border War – South Africans on the Angolan Frontier | By Joseph Miranda | Issue #23

Border War – South Africans on the Angolan Frontier | By Joseph Miranda | Issue #23

From 1975 to 1989 war was fought along the Southwest African-Angolan frontier. It was a war that went largely unnoticed in the Western world, though it had considerable impact in Africa as well as the wider Cold War. It involved the South African Defense Force (SADF) and Southwest Africa Territorial Force (SWATF), and was fought against an array of foes including the Southwest Africa Peoples Organization (SWAPO), the Angolan Peoples Liberation Armed Forces (FAPLA), and in the final years, the Cuban army. The war produced many operational and tactical lessons still applicable in the 21st century world of ongoing operations in Africa and beyond…

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