Operation Egret

Operation Egret was a military operation in Angola during September 1985 by the South African Defence Force (SADF) against People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) during the Angolan Civil War and South African Border War.

Operation Egret
Part of South African Border War
Operation Egret is located in Angola
Operation Egret (Angola)
ObjectivePre-emptive raid against PLAN bases in the Evale, Anhanca and the Dova areas in Angola.
Date15–22 September 1985


In order to interrupt a planned raid into South-West Africa/Namibia from Angola by PLAN's Charlie detachment, the SADF planned an operation into Angola on 15 September 1985 to counter the proposed incursion.[1]: Chp11  This would be the first deliberate operation into Angola since Operation Askari with strict instructions to avoid FAPLA forces.[2]: 134  500 men of 101 Battalion and Puma, Alouette and Impala aircraft of the SAAF, would sweep the areas between Evale, Anhanca and Dova for the PLAN units.[1]: Ch11  In nine separate contacts and one air attack, the SADF killed 15 PLAN soldiers and captured 103 with the operation ending on 22 September.[1]: Chp11 [2]: 134 

Order of battleEdit

South African and South West Africa Territorial ForcesEdit

  • 101 Battalion

PLAN ForcesEdit

  • PLAN "Charlie" detachment - Eighth Battalion


  1. ^ a b c Lord, Dick (2012). From Fledgling to Eagle. The South African Air Force during the Border War. Solihull, West Midlands, UK: Helion and Company Ltd. ISBN 9781908916624.
  2. ^ a b Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's Border War. 1966 - 1989. Gibraltar: Ashanti Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0620139676.

Further readingEdit

  • Lord, Dick (2012). From Fledgling to Eagle. The South African Airforce during the Border War (Kindle ed.). Solihull, England: Helion & Company. ISBN 9781908916624.
  • Steenkamp, Willem (1989). South Africa's border war, 1966-1989. Gibraltar: Ashanti Pub. ISBN 0620139676.