The South African Special Forces have among their ranks the most combat-experienced Operators in the world. They have conducted combat operations in virtually all terrain types – desert, stone desert, mountains, bush, forest, jungle, swamp, ocean, rivers, urban and more.
They have deployed by land, sea and air – in every possible application of these deployments. During the Cold War conflicts, they have walked for distances of over 1000 kilometres behind enemy lines, infiltrated, and remained in concealment, right inside enemy camps, for days without being detected.
They have conducted offensive operations to attack fixed positions of enemy soldiers – while being outnumbered 50 to 100 to one. Using other means of deployment, they have conducted reconnaissance or raids on enemy positions more than 2000 kilometers behind the enemy’s lines.
Some of the most significant missions that the South African Special Forces operators undertook are as follows.
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|2||1975||Savannah||Angola||Bush War||Railway Line||Foot||Raid||12||Bush|
|3||1977||Eheke/Kropduif||Angola||Bush War||Trenched Base||Foot||Assault||20||Rural|
|6||1982||Xwando||Angola||Bush War||Swapo Base||Foot||Assault||14||Rural|
|7||1983||Amazon||Angola||Spec Ops||Railway Switchyard||Seaborne||Raid||20||Urban|
|12||1988||Hooper/Moduler||Angola||Bush War||Base -Conventional||Veh/Foot||Conventional||30||Bush|