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dc.contributor.advisor Cuthbertson, Gregor en Alexander, Edward George McGill en 2009-08-25T10:53:29Z 2009-08-25T10:53:29Z 2009-08-25T10:53:29Z 2003-07-31 en
dc.identifier.citation Alexander, Edward George McGill (2009) The Cassinga Raid, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In 1978 the SADF carried out an airborne assault on Cassinga in Southern Angola. The South Africans claimed that Cassinga was a key SWAPO military headquarters, training camp and logistic base. SWAPO claimed it was a refugee camp and that the approximately 600 people who died in the attack were innocent civilians. The SADF said it had dealt SWAPO a significant military blow; SWAPO said the SADF had carried out a brutal massacre of old people, women and children. This dissertation focuses on the military dimensions of the raid, examining first the military situation in southern Angola and northern Namibia at the time, then looking at Cassinga itself before reviewing the airborne capability of the SADF, considering the decision that was made to launch the attack, describing the planning and preparations, the actual assault, a Cuban counter-attack and the extraction of the South African paratroopers. It concludes with the propaganda claims of both sides before assessing the military significance of the action. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (various pagings)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Parachute operations en
dc.subject Refugees en
dc.subject Civilian massacre en
dc.subject Insurgency en
dc.subject Guerrilla warfare en
dc.subject Border war en
dc.subject Sun Tzu en
dc.subject Breytenbach, Jan en
dc.subject Hamaambo, Dimo en
dc.subject Viljoen,Constand en
dc.subject SADF en
dc.subject SWAPO en
dc.subject PLAN en
dc.subject paratroopers en
dc.subject Cassinga en
dc.subject Raids en
dc.subject Airborne assault en
dc.subject Vertical envelopment en
dc.subject.ddc 967.3041
dc.subject.lcsh SWAPO -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Massacres -- Angola -- Cassinga
dc.subject.lcsh Refugees -- Angola
dc.subject.lcsh Refugees -- Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh Cassinga (Angola) -- Massacre, 1978
dc.subject.lcsh Angola -- History -- South African Incursions, 1978-1990
dc.title The Cassinga Raid en
dc.type Dissertation en en
dc.description.department History en M.A. en

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