South African troops have carried out a major raid into Angola from Namibia (South West Africa).
SV & GV South African troops sitting on and standing around tanks near Angolan-South West African border. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Troops and armoured vehicles moving off.
LS & GV Columns of smoke in distance with tank in foreground. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PULL BACK TO GV Soldier on tank with columns of smoke in distance.
GV PAN South African troops carrying wounded to helicopter which takes off. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL HACK TO GV & SV Dead SWAPO guerrillas. (2 SHOTS)
SV South African troops surrounding captured anti-aircraft gun and other weapons. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Charred remains of body in pit.
SV Dead SWAPO guerrillas. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Dead guerrilla with South African troops.
SV Captured weapons and ammunition.
SV South African soldier inspecting trench.
SV Troops inspecting documents.
SV Guerrilla entrenchment.
GV Troops searching in bush.
SCU Soldier emerging from dugout.
GV & CU Bodies inspected by South African soldiers. (3 SHOTS)
GV & CU Unfinished meals on table at guerrilla camp. (3 SHOTS)
GV & CU Literature and posters (including books on Lenin, and communism) scattered about camp. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: South African troops have carried out a major raid into Angola from Namibia (South West Africa). The South Africans claim to have destroyed the headquarters of the South African people's Organisation (SWAPO) and killed more than two hundred guerrillas. But South African casualties are believed to have been the highest they have suffered during the fourteen year old conflict in the disputed territory.
SYNOPSIS: This was the first large-scale cross-border action since 1978, when SWAPO's previous headquarters were attached. That raid took South African forces about two hundred and fifty kilometres (150 miles) inside Angola. The exact location of the latest action has not been released.
The attack was a joint ground and air operation. The South African government announced that sixteen soldiers had been killed during the attack. The statement did not reveal how they died but there was speculation that the men were in a helicopter brought down by a ground-to-air missile.
The South African Prime Minister, Mr. Botha claimed that more than two hundred guerrillas were killed during the operation. He described it as 'a shock attack'. The initial action lasted six hours and mopping up operations continued the following day when remaining positions were destroyed.
As well as inflicting heavy casualties, the South Africans claim to have captured one hundred tons (102 tonnes) of arms and equipment. They say they discovered thirteen well camouflaged sub-camps spread over fifty square miles (129 sq. kilometres), including anti-aircraft pits and trenches, underground installations and the nerve-centre of SWAPO operations.
The United Nations have revoked the mandate under which South Africa rules Namibia (South West Africa). But thousands of troops are stationed there to fight against SWAPO who want to take power in the former German colony. In the past month both sides have intensified the conflict but the South Africans say these plated of half-eaten food indicate the complete surprise they achieved.
The Angolan government has claimed its forces shot down three South African planes in a separate raid on SWAP refugee camp, three hundred miles further north.