n Journal for Contemporary History - The role of South African Armour in South-West Africa / Namibia and Angola : 1975-1989




Since 1960, there was a growing international dispute about South Africa's mandate over South West Africa(SWA)/Namibia. The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) commenced an armed struggle for independence in 1965. In the early 1970's, South Africa already had a significant military and police presence to curb SWAPO activities. In 1973, the South African Defence Force (SADF) assumed responsibility for the defence of SWA/Namibia from the South African Police (SAP) and, within a few months, were engaged with SWAPO


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