n Journal for Contemporary History - The Battle of Cassinga, 4 May 1978 : a historical reassessment. Part 1 : the course of the battle and ensuing controversy
|Article Title||The Battle of Cassinga, 4 May 1978 : a historical reassessment. Part 1 : the course of the battle and ensuing controversy|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Publication Date||Dec 2006|
|Pages||131 - 146|
The battle of Cassinga between paratroopers of the South African Defence Force (SADF) and elements of SWAPO on 4 May 1978 was shrouded in controversy right from the start. These military hostilities in the south of Angola occurred against the background of specific events in South-West Africa (now Namibia). In this article, the controversy is examined in detail. The importance of oral tradition / accounts, currently the subject of discussion in South African historiography, is acknowledged in this article via verbatim transcriptions of interviews with the commander of the South African Parachute Brigade, Maj.-Gen. MJ du Plessis and other relevant role-players.
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