Great South African War
Part of the Cold War
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South African soldiers counterattack on National route 8 heading to Bleomfontien, 1981
Date 4 February 1961 - 21 March 1990
Location Southern and East Africa
Result African National Congress Flag African Peoples Republic victory
  • Relocation of all white Africans in southern and eastern Africa to the Republic of South Africa
  • End of colonial and white rule in all of East Africa and most of South Africa
African Anti-Communist Front
  • Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Republic of South Africa
  • IberianFlag Republic of Iberia
  • Rhodesia Flag Republic of Rhodesia
  • Flag of British East Africa Former British Republic of East Africa
  • Flag of Belgium (civil) Former Belgian Republic of Central Africa

Supported by

  • Union of American States Flag Proposal (Land of Empires) Union of American States
  • Flag of England Republic of England and Wales
  • Flag of Free France 1940-1944 Greater French Republic
African Liberation Army
  • African National Congress Flag African Peoples Republic
    • African National Congress Flag African National Congress
    • Flag of ZANU-PF Zimbabwean African National Union
    • Flag of FRELIMO (1997-2004) FRELIMO
  • Flag of Congo-Léopoldville (1963-1966) Congo Liberation Front
  • Flag of Kenya Mau-Mau
  • Bandeira do MPLA MPLA
  • Flag of UNITA UNITA
  • Bandeira da FNLA FNLA
  • Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974) Ethiopia

Supported by

  • Flag of the Russian Imperial Republic Empire of Russia
  • Tunisia1983DDFlag North African Union
Commanders and leaders
*Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Hendrik Verwoerd
  • Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Bathalazar Vorester
  • Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Pieter Botha
  • Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 F. W. de Klerk
  • Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Edward Alexander
  • Rhodesia Flag Ian Smith
  • Rhodesia Flag P. K. van der Bly
  • Rhodesia Flag Peter Walls
  • IberianFlag Antonio Salazar
  • IberianFlag Francisco Franco
*African National Congress Flag Nelson Mandela
  • African National Congress Flag Robert Mugabe
  • Bandeira do MPLA Agostinho Neto
  • Flag of UNITA Jonas Savimbi
  • Bandeira da FNLA Ngola Kabangu
  • Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974) Aman Michael Andom
  • Flag of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
  • Flag of Congo-Léopoldville (1963-1966)Joseph Kasa-Vubu

The Great South African War or (Groot Suid-Afrikaanse Oorlog) in Afrikaans, (Kubwa Afrika Vita African) in Swahili, (Grande Guerra Sul-Africano) in Portuguese and (Gran Guerra de África del Sur) in Spanish. Was a cold war era proxy conflict between Fascist colonial and white powers in Africa against Russian and WDF backed communist rebels(accept in the Iberian colonies) and anti-colonial African powers.

The Rebels from the Savannah

Portuguese paratrooper holding MG-42

Iberian paratrooper in Northwest Angola, 1963

Angola was the crown jewel of Iberia. The colony was once Portuguese and still held a white minority under colonial rule from Lisbon. In the 1940s Angola was the scene of fighting in WWII between the Belgians and British and Iberian forces. Iberia was have a hell of a time trying to hold down its colonies in Africa since the Iberian Crisis began in 1953. The movements for Angolan independence were originally lead by an Angolan communist sympathizing groups. Throughout the late 1950s these groups would spread in two forms across teh Spanish and Portuguese colonies Iberia possessed. Two forms essentially of ideologies sprang up. The Radical Islamic groups in Western Sahara, and communist sympathizers with ties to China and other left leaning governments who sprang up in Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, and of course, Angola. By 1960 the power of these groups were so much that the colonial garrisons began cracking down on these groups. Another pretext for the war which was to follow was the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa by state police against Anti-apartheid protestors. A year later, MPLA units in Luanda and surrounding communities bombed police stations and then a group of workers protested a shipping company. The company and police crushed the protest not after it got out of control. This would later be known as the Baixa de Cassanje revolt. Then MPLA insurgents attacked the Sao Paulo fortress prison and police station. Iberia responded by force. The bulk of Portuguese forces were moved to Angola. A similar Marxist uprising occurred in Northern Mozambique. Some Spanish troops were also sent but most Spanish soldiers were stationed in the mainland.
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Spanish Iberian soldiers in Mozambique

Throughout the mid-1960s the Iberian armed forces would be fighting a brutal guerrilla war against the various communist and democratic groups in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea.

Tales from Rhodesia

Rhodesia Ad

A ad telling people (mainly Brits and Americans) to move to Rhodesia and settle

The Republic of Rhodesia was established in 1950 after white settlers refused the demands of the WDF and give majority rule. BY 1952 much of Rhodesia was boosted by an extra 30,000 whites coming from the Former British Republic of Malaya. Rhodesian soldiers where also bolstered by the FBRM's defense forces. Many British peoples after WWII moved to Australia, Canada, and Southern Africa. Rhodesia throughout the 1950s was peaceful keeping its black population as the barely paid servant underclass while the White 10% held all the power in government, business, and the military.

Kenyan Standoff

Bongo, Bongo, Bongo I don't wanna leave the Congo

And the Buccaneer said "Ill see you dead"

Chinese Junkman From Hong Kong

dooiepunt (stalemate)

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