The South African Border War A.K.A. The Namibian War of Independence

first published on March 6, 2019 by

An archive footage mashup gives a visual account of the South African Border War, also known as the Namibian War of Independence (1966-1990).

The war is often referred to the Angolan Bush War in South Africa, and was mainly fought with guerrilla warfare tactics. Much of the fighting took place within Namibia, which was called South West Africa at the time. Considerable conflict also occurred in Zambia and Angola as well. The South African Border War resulted in some of the largest battles on the African continent since World War II.

Although racial and ethnic matters flamed at the micro level, the war itself was another proxy fight in the Cold War, as the communist Soviets and Cuba backed the opposition against the Western colonial powers in the region.