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Battle of Cassinga

Angola (South African Bush War)

4th May 1978

            • LZ Witt
                          • LZ Botha
                                                                                                • LZ Alpha
                                                                                                        • LZ Charlie
                                                                                                                • LZ Bravo
                                                                                                                • Base
                                                                                                                  (base 2[-2])
                                                                                                                              • Cassinga
                                                                                                                                (base 2[-2])
                                                                                                                                              • Base
                                                                                                                                                (base 2[-2])
                                                                                                                                                            • Base
                                                                                                                                                              (base 2[-2])
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • LZ Delta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Prado Verde
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Battle of Cassinga - 1978 (South African Bush War).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  South African forces carry out a raid on the SWAPO base at Cassinga.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The SAAF carry out initial bombing runs and set up a helicopter assembly point 15 miles to the east. They then drop five parachute companies and support elements to take the base.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When the alarm is raised, Cuban units 15 miles to the south are alerted and come to their aid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, the SAAF manage to bomb and straff them and provide time for the ground units to be airlifted out. The air transport units are available on turn 11.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SAAF units are staggered to reflect refueling and rearming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The operation is controversial as it was claimed that the base was in fact a refugee camp. Whilst photo evidence detailed defences and anti-aircraft installations, a UN report stated that most facilities would have had those features and that that didn't mean it was an active base.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF lost 3 men and a few other wounded. SWAPO forces lost about 600 men.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cassinga Day, 4 May, is now a national public holiday in Namibia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Canberras Bombers - Air (6-0-1) SAAF Canberras Bombers - Air (6-0-1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Canberras Bombers - Air (6-0-1) SAAF Canberras Bombers - Air (6-0-1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Canberras Bombers - Air (6-0-1) SAAF Canberras Bombers - Air (6-0-1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-1) SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-1) turn entry: 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-1) SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-1) turn entry: 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-1) SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-1) turn entry: 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-1) SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-1) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-1) SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-1) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-1) SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-1) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Alpha Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Alpha Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Bravo Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Bravo Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Charlie Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Charlie Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Delta Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) SADF Composite Parachute Batallion Delta Company - Paratrooper (4-4-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Independent Rifle Platoon Witt - Paratrooper (2-2-3) SADF Independent Rifle Platoon Witt - Paratrooper (2-2-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Independent Rifle Platoon Botha - Paratrooper (2-2-3) SADF Independent Rifle Platoon Botha - Paratrooper (2-2-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF HQ Company Motar - Artillery (1-1-3) SADF HQ Company Motar - Artillery (1-1-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF HQ Company RPG 7 - Anti Tank (1-1-3) SADF HQ Company RPG 7 - Anti Tank (1-1-3) turn entry: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-4) SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-4) turn entry: 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-4) SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-4) turn entry: 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) SADF Air Transport - Air Transport (0-0-1) turn entry: 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-3) SAAF Buccaneer Bombers - Air (6-2-3) turn entry: 13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SADF - SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-3) SAAF Mirage III Fighters - Air (6-2-3) turn entry: 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Units (SWAPO)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3) SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3) SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3) SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3) SWAPO Irregular Company - Irregular (1-1-3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Air Defence Company - Air Defence (1-1-1) SWAPO Air Defence Company - Air Defence (1-1-1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2) SWAPO Refugees - Refugee (0-0-2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Mechanised Company - Mechanised Infantry (5-5-6) Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Mechanised Company - Mechanised Infantry (5-5-6) turn entry: 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SWAPO - Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Motorised Company - Motorised (3-3-6) Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Motorised Company - Motorised (3-3-6) turn entry: 5


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