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Re: New Bikesquad Wheelie pic's found after 29 Years! More pics from page 4.
« Reply #100 on: November 06, 2015, 05:56:23 pm »
Well, perhaps it is time for a Bike Squad Bash?

When you find yourself in a group discussion, it is amazing how memory comes back and you can re-arrange your position in a life 40 years ago.

I think that is a great idea.... let's pick a central place , set a date and see who pitches up . :deal:

I was Demo Team in 87 & 88 for his sins or was it ours not to sure   :biggrin: Patrick Devy was in charge of keeping usin line  
Nice one Thomas T and you were privileged to have Patrick Devy as he is a true legend. I am still in contact with him on Facebook. Do you know about the SWASPES and SADF Bikesquad Facebook pages?

Howzit Dish..... that is very true about us pushing our bikes. Like the infantry guys when chased around that yonder tree...... we had to do it with our bikes as well as 2,4's and 5 km runs. We were also supposed to eat at about 17h00 and then push our bikes a couple of k's to where we were supposed to make TB, temporary base. That really was KAK.
We did hectic basics then weapons training then bike course then coin ops on foot and the did it again on bikes then a basic trackers course in Otavi then a mine detection( not sure the name)course at the Sappers camp in Oshakati and only then were we deployed.
Our years training was hectic a quite a few guys applied to leave but we're turned down and we're told that they volunteered so the must suck it up. :deal: They cought use sneaking out of our TB during Tuinops to go get water and gave us such an op fok that if they hadn't taken all our ammo before I would have shot someone for sure..... I nearly cracked.

Dan, did you see the big Boabab in Ombalantu which had a little church inside and could seat about 4 people and had an alter?

this is next level awesome, so lucky and unlucky to have these kinds of memories/experiences. I was 1 years old when you lot were doing this shit. thanks, grateful and green with envy. my late teens was safe and boring.

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. :thumleft:
« Last Edit: November 06, 2015, 06:00:23 pm by The Badger »
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I got this pic off the SWASPES page. Thanks Barry. :thumleft:
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Hey badger,,

Therein lies the problem..  :pot:.. I guess so many okes  (myself included) wanted to be in order of ranking, a bike squad oke (cos we were all brilliant on bikes in our teens) ... or a navy diver, or a pilot perhaps even a lowly sniper.

Was only when they gave you a hefty 500R and told you that you couldn't ride to potch for a local pomp that it started dawning on you that a 500R was a bit heavier than an R1. and you were in it for the long haul. Ya had ta push that beast.,... same way they never gave us ammo... they never gave you petrol.

Big respect - awesome thread lads... keep it coming...
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Re: New Bikesquad Wheelie pic's found after 29 Years! More pics from page 4.
« Reply #103 on: November 07, 2015, 07:55:09 am »
Yatti or Capt Barnard was our Coy Cmdr at Okatopi. I have met Patrick Devy at some stage in my career in Defence Force.

Will see what photos I can find.  See attached....

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Re: Ex Bikesquad members please post all your pics MORE pics on page 4,5 & 6.
« Reply #104 on: November 10, 2015, 10:59:14 am »
This pic is what's left of the bike, rider and equipment after triggering a an AP mine that was on top of an anti tank mine.
What is left of his rifle, which was on his back, is on top missing the stock, pistol grip, hand grips and dust cover.
RIP Swannie.
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Re: Ex Bikesquad members please post all your pics MORE pics on page 4,5 & 6.
« Reply #105 on: November 10, 2015, 06:05:36 pm »
Lekker badger. Nice to see all those pics.As the guys says, all the memories come back with those pics.
I arived at Okatope from infantery school in Oudtshoorn with some berede guys, it was december "
"86
SWA Spes bike squad and berede squads left for Otavi and we stayed with berede(horse squads)
Our commander and RSM were twins, Jan and ??? Red heads, originally from Potch berede. ,forget there surname. Yati, Major Barnard was in Ondangwa 2Ib at 53 bn.
We had a bikesquad made up on new Xr 500's, and did some escourts etc thru ovamboland up to Ruacana. Once for a group of BMW riders.
I was with the horses but often had bike duty etc.
Lt Duif, Wehmeyer etc was in the bikesquad at Okatope.
Did they end the bikesquads active duties when they returned to Otavi in early "87?
Kortdiens guys that stayed over at Okatope from 86 were Cpl Mostert , Lange..
We stayed at Okatope till July and then became a reaction force (tracking teams) with 101 troops for 53 bn intelligence.
they then took our horses and bikes away. imagine the opfok pushing a horse!
Any guys out there from this time?
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« Reply #106 on: November 10, 2015, 07:14:50 pm »
Nice one Kwagga-sakkie........ thanks and sounds like you had the best of both worlds. Did you apply for Berede at Infantry school and how was it when you arrived at Okatopi?
I'm not sure when the bikes stopped ops up north perhaps someone here will know. I know one intake did some patrolling on the Swaziland border but not sure which year.

Post some pics if you have.
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« Reply #107 on: November 10, 2015, 07:19:04 pm »
This is the certificate we got after doing the bike course/faze.

This is a very good mate of mine's, Aubrey Kavanagh, as I have lost mine unfortunately sniff sniff  >:(
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« Reply #108 on: November 11, 2015, 05:06:50 am »
I envy you guys so much. I wish I could have done this. Instead I ended up being a Regimental Instructor based at Boston.
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« Reply #109 on: November 11, 2015, 07:48:17 am »
Badger pm Lurker he has some awsome pics from the bike squad time...
 

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« Reply #110 on: November 11, 2015, 08:37:47 am »
Badger pm Lurker he has some awsome pics from the bike squad time...

Thanks..... will do.
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« Reply #111 on: November 11, 2015, 10:16:04 am »
This is the certificate we got after doing the bike course/faze.

This is a very good mate of mine's, Aubrey Kavanagh, as I have lost mine unfortunately sniff sniff  >:(

Just what I suspected Jeff. Look at point 3. You are not qualified to ride on a public road.   :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #112 on: November 11, 2015, 10:36:19 am »
Yes, We applied to go to berede as instructors for the "87 intake. Ariving a little late at Potch gave us no other option than to be posted to Ovamboland immediately. Finishing ou JL's @ infantery school we expected at least a more enjoyable Christmas  an December in Sivvie street, alas, I spend it in Kaokoland somewhere riding horses protecting powerlines at night!
Those 2 Brothers were Kapt. and SM Truter
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« Reply #113 on: November 11, 2015, 11:00:55 am »
This is the certificate we got after doing the bike course/faze.

This is a very good mate of mine's, Aubrey Kavanagh, as I have lost mine unfortunately sniff sniff  >:(

Just what I suspected Jeff. Look at point 3. You are not qualified to ride on a public road.   :biggrin:

Haha James that's what fran chirps as well. We actually  were issued DR 500's for a couple of days and got our military road licences after riding around Potch girls high school a thousand times. Lol
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« Reply #114 on: November 11, 2015, 12:31:22 pm »
Bike squad 1978 and 79 will get my photos together and post soon
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« Reply #115 on: November 11, 2015, 01:25:39 pm »
Bike squad 1978 and 79 will get my photos together and post soon

Superb.......Patrick Devy was same intake if I'm not mistaken?
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« Reply #116 on: November 11, 2015, 11:49:57 pm »
Patrick was July 79 intake, then after his 2 years ended in July 81 he joined PF and went to Oudtshoorn, I'm pretty sure he was E coy there ie. July as well....we first met when I returned from Ovamboland in Jan 82.

Man, this is perking up my days  :laughing4: I remember the "rooi moere" Truter twins,  I think it was Jan who became an officer, they were both sergeants/staffs when I knew them....we were not mates, corporals and PF staff sergeants never were  :imaposer:   but old Jan wasn't a bad egg....he was in horses, so only knew him semi-socially.

Anybody remember sergeant NAGEL? You know....short, blonde, slope-shouldered, no neck, sloping forehead, blonde walrus moustache,dumb as a bag of hammers, lived to ass-creep the RSM?  :imaposer: I remember him fondly, shame he was SO easy to manipulate and confuse, not being a rocket surgeon and all.....I'd been assigned to horses at Oudtshoorn before we left there, but soon bitterly regretted my choice....I hate horses, one kicked at me when I was a lightie....and some quick thinking while checking in with Nagel landed me in bikes....talk about a life-changing moment  :laughing4: I actually saw his name somewhere, in later years he was some or other RSM.

Barnard's full handle was "Yati Spider" for a reason I'll tell some time.....must just refresh the memory with my mate in Joburg so I don't perpetuate the myth ..... it was NOT a complimentary nickname as you may guess  :laughing4:

Jeff - as far as I know, platoon 14 was the last real Potch-trained bike squad platoon, around 1984 2 SWASPES was formed, made up purely of SWA locals, ie. mostly Ovanbos etc. They had bikes too, how and what they did I have no clue, but I know they had a fatality too, they went jaaging down the tar road out of some camp one night and one of the section leaders didn't put his helmet on, he hit something (donkey?) and crashed and smashed his skull.

Patrick trained some indigenii in Poth later, 85-87 when he was BS CO....will ask him the details, just remember some of his stories about riding around south of Joburg....hilarious
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Re: Ex Bikesquad members please post all your pics MORE pics on page 4,5 & 6.
« Reply #117 on: November 12, 2015, 12:29:54 am »
 "not being a rocket surgeon"   :patch:  :lol8: WTFRWE - are you PUI bud?  ;)

This is such an amazing thread, I reckon it should be stickied. So it has been.

Please keep it coming guys - amazing stuff to for those of us who were not there. :notworthy:
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« Reply #118 on: November 12, 2015, 07:22:49 am »
Thanks Yuri...... very interesting.

We caused a bit of kak in Ruacana and came back to Otavi 6 weeks early and 5 of us were chosen to train 2 sections of local SWA Gebiedsmag on riding bikes...... what a nightmare. These guys couldn't even ride bicycles ffs. We took them up to Rundu for thick sand riding. I have never had to pick up and start so many bikes in one day .....eeish.

Yuri please tell us more about Barnard.
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« Reply #119 on: November 12, 2015, 07:23:55 am »
"not being a rocket surgeon"   :patch:  :lol8: WTFRWE - are you PUI bud?  ;)

This is such an amazing thread, I reckon it should be stickied. So it has been.

Please keep it coming guys - amazing stuff to for those of us who were not there. :notworthy:

Thanks BB  :thumleft:
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