British Invasion of South Africa

March 18, 1987


May 24, 1989


South Africa


Overhwleming British Victory:

  • Establishment of British Provinces
  • End of Apartheid
  • Reassertment of Britain as a World Power

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Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) South Africa


Flag of the United Kingdom Neil Kinnock

Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) Pieter Willem Botha




Casualties and Losses



 The British Invasion of South Africa is the name of the conflict that saw the takeover of South Africa by the British Government as the country needed to expand its industries and build refugee camps for its population. 


Post-War Reactions

Britain had taken the time to shelter most of its population, but even so, many of them still died from radiation sickness and fallout. 

Britain's Population was hovering around 20 Million in 1979 and was increasing rapidly. Land claims caused the British Government to take decisive action. 

The Falkland Islands, had not made contact with Britain and declared its independence, citing the need for survival and conflict with Argentina. 

in 1982, the British Navy made contact with two ships, one from the Falkands, another from the former British Colony of Namibia. With the Falklands rejoining the British, The British moved their naval ships to the Namibian Coast in 1984 and began massing A settlement. 

The Namibians welcomed the liberation as the British ended the controversial Apartheid rule that had plagued South Africa for nearly 36 years. 

South African Spotters

In 1986, three South Africans reported British Flags in Namibia. The Government tried to make contact, but failed. Britain, then order a wall be constructed. 

But as the situation grew worse, South Africans began to rebel against the government for its Apartheid stance, and had heard rumors regarding the British lifting Apartheid. 


The British began attacking South Africa on March 19, 1987 and took control over the Western Half of the Country. Emassing an Eastern Front to take control over the bordering countries, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Parts of Mozambique. All of which, surrendered in less than a day, due to the anarchy in the countries as a result of poverty and post-war economic problems.

Johannesburg was the first major city to fall on April 28, 1987 as it was overwhelmed by British Forces.

The South African Population was afraid of another period of British Suppression as the Invading forces suspended civil liberties.

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