Military Glossary

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Most of the words and phrases contained in this glossary are of Afrikaans or Dutch origin. Others are acronyms, abbreviations or universal military terms. And others are just SADF slang.

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Acronym for Absent With Out Leave. Almost considered desertion, punishable with DB.

laager, (lager)
Defensive position, a method of arranging vehicles (originally wagons) to form a temporary base.
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Acronym for the country South West Africa - became Namibia after independence

Acronym for South West African People's Organisation.

Acronym for Marxist People's Liberation Army.

Detention Barracks (DB)
Military jail - not a pleasant place, days spent in DB were tacked onto your service as you were considered "non-productive".

Ration pack, dry rations requiring water to consume.

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Acronym for: União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola. (Portuguese) Loose translation : National Union for Total Independence of Angola. Pro-west "rebel" army led by Dr. Jonas Savimbi. Supported by the USA and South Africa.

Stalin Organ
The Russian 122 mm BM-21 Multiple Rocket Systems, also called 'Red Eyes' or 'Rooi Oog"

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