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The paratrooper is the elite element of any
The 'para' is handpicked, formidable and highly trained, using the element
of surprise in his attack. He is generally outnumbered in the field, relying on
his personal skill and courage to succeed.
On 4th May 1978, the South African Defence Force carried out its first
ever completely airborne combat mission onto the town of Cassinga.
At that period in time, Cassinga was the northern headquarters of the South West
African Peoples Organisation (SWAPO), and was situated 250km inside Angola.