Siege of Fort Botha
Part of Zimbabwe War
Date 30 March, 2012-14 June, 2012
Location Fort Botha Military Complex, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Result Zimbabwean failure
Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) South Africa
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Zimbabwe Lieutenant Colonel Mabhena
Flag of Zimbabwe Brigadier General Etherton Shungu
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) Major General Steyn van Ronge
Units involved
Flag of Zimbabwe Mounted Infantry Regiment
Flag of Zimbabwe Artillery Brigade
Flag of Zimbabwe Mechanised Brigade
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) Royal Northern Transvaal Guards
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) City of Pretoria Regiment
3,000 800
Casualties and losses
600 killed or wounded 85 dead and 329 wounded

The Siege of Fort Botha was the first engagement of the Zimbabwe War. It is considered Zimbabwe's most embarrassing defeat as they suffered more losses than South Africa while laying siege to a South African fort. The siege lead to the Border Campaign.

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