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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Orange River Sunset


















On Saturday night I took a ride on "Sakkie se Arkie" on the Orange River at Upington. The sun setting over the river was an amazing sight.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ebenaeser Guest House


















We are currently on long week end from our course and I used the opportunity to stay at the Ebenaeser Guest House about six kilometres West of Kakamas. This guest house is surrounded by vineyards and about thirty kilometres from the Augrabies Falls. Thank you Rienie for being a fine hostess and for the great meals you prepared for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Augrabies "Place of Great Noise"


















I visited the Augrabies Falls on Wednesday and took this photo. The size and magnificence of the falls cannot be captured on film though. It is much more than this photo shows. One also has to be there to appreciate all the birds flying around and the spray painting rainbows in the sunlight.

Discussing Politics?


















On my long weekend in the Augrabies area I visited the Augrabies National Park on Wednesday and while driving through it I spotted these two baboons who were sitting on a rock and almost seemed to be discussing something and since all South Africans were discussing the resignation of President Mbeki it might be just the subject they were engaging in.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Good Luck to the US Soldiers in Iraq


















I have quite a number of US Soldiers who are serving or have served in Iraq who visit my blog. I would just like to wish you guys the best of luck in getting back safely from that place. I know what you are going through on a daily basis.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ratel Raiders




















Two Ratel 20's following my vehicle as we headed off to do a raid on Friday morning.

Bridge Laying Ops


















An Oryx flies overhead a couple of hours ahead of our column night attack and bridge-laying operation. We were flown over the river by Oryx (South African Super Puma).

Preparing for a Raid




















On Friday morning we had a raid on an objective consisting out of a platoon of infantry protecting logistical vehicles. I took the photo as we were preparing to move out.

Mechanised Attack




















The crew of a Ratel watches as the objective is pulverised by 20mm gunfire during one of our quick attacks.

Supper in the Bush




















One of the other guys took this photo a couple of days ago. It shows me having supper. I am eating canned food from my Ratpack (MRE). I have become somewhat specialist at preparing meals with real flavour from these. It may not look good, but it tastes great.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Food for Thought on Soldiering

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
- G.K. Chesterton

A soldier cannot be held responsible for the National Anger that leads to war. In fact, the last person who wants war is a soldier, with a few extreme exceptions of those individuals who crave war, but they will probably at some stage realise how misguided they were. In the end if the government of a country decides that war is the only way then we are expected to kill and therefore we train hard so that we can be ready and if we train hard enough maybe nobody will be foolish enough to start a war with us.

Long live Peace.


Friday, September 05, 2008

Sunrise in Lohatlha


















This was the first morning sunrise out in the field here in Lohatlha.

Combat Team


















Today I was fortunate enough to be chosen to command the first live ammunition quick attack of this course. It went quite well. This photo was taken before we set off on our advance.

Ratel 90


















A Ratel 90 Fire Support Vehicle busy maneuvring during one of our quick attacks.