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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2009, 07:54:42 pm »
My home 77 to 80.
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I was also somewhat involved with these during '78 - '79.  Did you go to Smitsdrift with the initial testing ?

Names which come to mind: Capt. Skalekamp; Loot Harrison; Bom Boje; Samjoor Viljoen(mad mad bastard) and Staff Flippie (Q-stores)
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2009, 08:04:43 pm »
My home 77 to 80.
Worked on the prototype Bateleurs.


I was also somewhat involved with these during '78 - '79.  Did you go to Smitsdrift with the initial testing ?

Names which come to mind: Capt. Skalekamp; Loot Harrison; Bom Boje; Samjoor Viljoen(mad mad bastard) and Staff Flippie (Q-stores)


Martin Schalekamp - good man.  Oh and Samil Viljoen - what a character....  His stories around a fire had a measurable effect on SAB's production at the time.  He was already a gunner in 1960, and still going strong in 1987.

Agree ... Capt Schalekamp was an absolute Officer & a Gent.  As for Viljoen ... maybe he'd mellowed slightly ten years down the track ... but eish as our SM (opsporings) each day was hell.  Fortunately he didn't accompany us to the border.  Stories from guys that toured with him are friggin scary.
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2009, 10:30:33 pm »
My home 77 to 80.
Worked on the prototype Bateleurs.


I was also somewhat involved with these during '78 - '79.  Did you go to Smitsdrift with the initial testing ?

Names which come to mind: Capt. Skalekamp; Loot Harrison; Bom Boje; Samjoor Viljoen(mad mad bastard) and Staff Flippie (Q-stores)

I just missed Smitsdrift. I did the Lohatla run a few dozen times and Duku Duku as well.
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2009, 11:44:29 pm »
Baie mooi fotos

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Is ja! As daai 120mm mortier praat, dan praat hy. Jy moet 'n 120mm sien met 'n delay as hy op 'n stand gegooi word.  ;)

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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2009, 07:32:16 am »
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2009, 09:26:34 am »
4 opsporings 85-86! :salut: in my day it was 25 ponders! :bigsmurf:
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2009, 10:22:39 am »


Julle sal moet stadig met daai W-vols, netnou skiet julle weer 70 perde in ons kraal dood :pot: :biggrin:
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2009, 10:56:16 am »
Some photos of the Artillery open day this Saturday.
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2010, 06:29:58 am »
I'm not 100% sure but I think it is a Mobile fire control unit.
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2010, 09:57:02 am »
Brings back mixed memories. 4 Field, Medium Battery, Airborne Artillery. Those G5 projectiles were my nemisis. Grab one of those over your shoulder and run a few km's will reduce even the strongest man to tears.

That last vehicle/pic was my office. The TA used to calculate the range and elevation and feed the co-ordinates to the gunners. Our vehicle was not quite as sexy as that. Ours was a box on the back of a Unimog.

Thanks for the pics, great seeing the equipment is still serviceable.
 

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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2010, 11:18:47 am »
My home 77 to 80.
Worked on the prototype Bateleurs.


I was also somewhat involved with these during '78 - '79.  Did you go to Smitsdrift with the initial testing ?

Names which come to mind: Capt. Skalekamp; Loot Harrison; Bom Boje; Samjoor Viljoen(mad mad bastard) and Staff Flippie (Q-stores)


Martin Schalekamp - good man.  Oh and Samil Viljoen - what a character....  His stories around a fire had a measurable effect on SAB's production at the time.  He was already a gunner in 1960, and still going strong in 1987.

Agree ... Capt Schalekamp was an absolute Officer & a Gent.  As for Viljoen ... maybe he'd mellowed slightly ten years down the track ... but eish as our SM (opsporings) each day was hell.  Fortunately he didn't accompany us to the border.  Stories from guys that toured with him are friggin scary.

Jeez what a small world - I did my basics (1981) at 14 Field (32 Loc) and then Ops Surveyor and later Radar.  Viljoen was our battery WO and he gave us hell.  Schalekamp was a major by then. 
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2010, 08:03:37 pm »
wow nice photos! yep i was a gunner from 89 - 90.... 144 BTY on the G5's. damn those projectiles messed us up! hard times but glad i was there!
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2011, 05:16:57 pm »
Does anyone know if there is another open day this year?
 

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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2011, 05:43:50 pm »
I was there in '89 14 field
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2011, 05:57:30 pm »
Any art guys active around Anhara Lipanda in 1987/88 on this forum. Propably owe my life to you.
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2011, 06:21:56 pm »
Ek was in die Pantser Korps - 87-88 - Ons het nou saam gewerk met die Art ouens in Angola in ops Exide. Baie turs uitgehaal in die spanpoging.
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2011, 11:45:09 am »
here's some pics of back in the day when i was in 144 Battery.

in Augrabies




Staal Parade in Potch


G6, Lohatla


my Kwevol


my squad in Ndumu, where we did Moz border patrols


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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #37 on: February 10, 2011, 12:44:25 pm »
Home 89-90  141 Battery 120mm
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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2011, 01:06:43 pm »
Can anyone go to these open days or is it only open to those who have done service?
 

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Re: Potch Artilery Open day
« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2011, 01:41:45 pm »
It is open to all........ They even let Stofstreep in!    :imaposer:
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