African military history

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Kitona
How have I never heard of this before?
Thread for cool bits of African military history. The other thing that comes to mind is the Chad airfield raids reminiscent of stuff the SAS did in ww2

  1. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    I think that's one of the stories in this

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      Can't read shit

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        paste it in paint and use the magnifying glass dummy

  2. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    The Chad raid
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Maaten_al-Sarra

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      >Habré concluded that Libya's greatest advantage was its ability to conduct endless air strikes. To remove this threat, Habré ordered Djamous to take 2,000 troops and destroy the main Libyan airbase in southern Libya, Maaten al-Sarra
      >Notwithstanding the defenders' 2,500-strong garrison, tank brigade, artillery, and extensive fortifications, the Chadian troops rapidly overcame the Libyan forces and assumed control of the base
      I kneel

  3. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    fuck why are african military operations so cool.

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      I think that in the west we're used to seeing pretty sterile combat due to the technology at work whereas in Africa and to a lesser extent places like eastern Europe its more a man with a rifle on each side doing the work.

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      There's a whole bunch of wacky stuff that went down during the 2nd Congo War, Rwandan and Ugandan troops would often get into firefights inside Kisangani (despite being on the same side), Rwandans normally came out on top because of their experience with city fighting and would taunt the Ugandan officers by turning up to strip clubs & bars on the Ugandan side of the city wearing the officer uniforms they'd just looted from dead Ugandan officers.

      A lot of their commanders are trained in France, Belgium or Britain and as a result you get a kinda cool post-apoc form of modern warfare where they use whatever the hell they can to try and carry out the doctrines they've been trained to do.

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        >turning up to strip clubs & bars on the Ugandan side of the city wearing the officer uniforms they'd just looted from dead Ugandan officers.
        Unbelievably based.

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        >strip clubs & bars

        I try to imagining visiting a Congolese strip club and my imagine goes down on its knees and hurls.

  4. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    the Uganda-Tanzania War is pretty amusing to read about
    >Idi Amin becomes Supreme-Dictator-For-Life in Uganda and quickly becomes a general nuisance for everyone in the region
    >Tanzania is just vibing minding their own business trying to figure out how to do socialism without being slaves to the Soviet Union
    >Idi Amin purges Uganda of commies and sends them all to camps, accusing Tanzania of trying to overthrow his government
    >bro fuck off and leave us alone
    >Amin encourages Ugandan paramilitaries to raid cross border into Tanzania and stoke ethnic and tribal tensions
    >dawg seriously, go fuck with someone else
    >Amin says we must secure a future for the Ugandan race and it's children and proposes a final solution to the Tanzanian question
    >alright man that's it we warned you
    >Tanzanian army pushes back the paramilitaries and pushes into Uganda with no difficulty
    >Amin freaks the fuck out and calls in every favor he can cash with the other despotic crackpots of the world
    >Libya, Palestine, Cuba, North Korea, and Pakistan all send expeditionary forces and advisors to try and shore up the Ugandan Army
    >Tanzania fucking steamrolls over them all and blitzkriegs their way to the capital
    >Amin flees the city and his government gets overthrown
    >Tanzania appoints an interim president, makes them promise to stop fucking around with everyone, then leaves while the country collapses

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      Is this true?

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        Yes, though it damaged the Tanzanian economy badly too

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      >makes them promise to stop fucking around with everyone, then leaves while the country collapses
      mission accomplished

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_campaign_of_the_Uganda%E2%80%93Tanzania_War
      The air war is interesting because it's one of the only times that two peer strength subsaharan air forces fought each other without "advisors" from any of the major powers.
      Overall Tanzania achieved something like a 3-1 kill ratio across all spectrums which is pretty neat considering they were equipped almost entirely with Korean War era chinkshit

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        >According to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Amin also asked Japan's government to loan him Kamikaze fighters in order to use them against the Tanzanians.

        • 5 days ago
          Anonymous

          >evicts all Asians out of racial hatred
          >begs them for help when things go south
          Go figure.

          • 5 days ago
            Anonymous

            Indians aren’t Japanese, anon

            • 5 days ago
              Anonymous

              I imagine according to indian nationalists, Japanese are indians.

              • 5 days ago
                Anonymous

                Give them enough time and they can definitely schizo their way into using Buddhism to "prove" this

                https://i.imgur.com/PlB4J8M.png

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Kitona
                How have I never heard of this before?
                Thread for cool bits of African military history. The other thing that comes to mind is the Chad airfield raids reminiscent of stuff the SAS did in ww2

                Right now there's Russian mercenaries in the CAR, kind of old news by now I suppose but potential for cool stuff. Lots of weird shit happens in CAR, if you're looking for Blood Diamond type autism.

                And of course, don't forget Jadotville, the Irish peacekeepers trying to survive against a fuckton of French mercenaries

          • 5 days ago
            Anonymous

            Well we are talking about Idi Amin. The dictator that considered eating manflesh a local cultural ritual.

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        I seem to recall that Pakistan had a few hundred air force personnel stationed in Uganda.

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      >>Amin says we must secure a future for the Ugandan race and it's children and proposes a final solution to the Tanzanian question

      These "final solution" or lebensraum type conflicts in Sub-Saharan African don't happen across national lines, but ethnic ones.

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        With Amin, like so many other autocrats, the war was a way of distracting his people from their miserable lives, failing economy, and the constant purges. One big gamble to win and remotivate his people.

  5. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    The Battle of Gondar and final assraping of the Italians in Ethiopia was pretty cool
    The eyeties forgot to pay their Askari, but the British didn't, and British-led African commandos absolutely dismantled the last Italian stronghold in Africa. Utterly professional.

  6. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    Rwandans > all

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      What about Angolans?

      • 5 days ago
        Anonymous

        They die a lot and really can't do anything without Europeans subsidizing their military needs via South Africans who were being used to kill the Angolans just a few months prior

  7. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    Paraphrasing

    >Rwanda and Uganda """allies""" holding DRC city of Kisangani
    >they get bored and eventually start fighting over who holds the town
    >much shit talking over open comms
    >Uganda has a tank or APC and chases out Rwandan allies
    >Uganda colonel: "See, we are real military with real equipment."
    >tank explodes shortly thereafter
    >Rwandan colonel: "Now you can be real cooks with a real cooking pot."

  8. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    > This left the FAK with only one plane, but this single aircraft attained world renown during the hostilities of September by paralyzing UN supply efforts, which were mostly conducted by air transport aircraft.
    > The single jet, flown by Belgian mercenary Joseph Deulin from Kolwezi airfield, strafed UN positions, including the UN headquarters in Katanga, and isolated a company of Irish troops who were then forced to surrender to Katangan forces.
    >A U.S. State Department official, Wayne Fredericks, commented: “I have always believed in air power, but I never thought I’d see the day when one plane would stop the United States and the whole United Nations.”

    https://walterdorn.net/189-un-first-air-force-peacekeepers-in-combat-congo-1960-64

  9. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    The "football war" in central america is another aftica tier conflict certified kino.

    >Both sides deployed aircraft of World War II-era design.
    >All planes in the engagement were of U.S. origin. Cavalier P-51D Mustangs, F4U-1, -4 and -5 Corsairs, T-28A Trojans, AT-6C Texans and even C-47 Skytrains converted into bombers saw action.
    >On 17 July Honduran Air Force Corsair pilots Captain Fernando Soto and his wingman Captain Edgardo Acosta engaged two Salvadoran TF-51D Cavalier Mustang IIs which were attacking another Corsair while it was strafing targets south of Tegucigalpa. Soto entered a turning engagement with one Mustang and blew off its left wing with three bursts of 20 mm AN/M3 cannon, killing pilot Captain Douglas Varela when his parachute did not fully deploy. Later that day the pair spotted two Salvadoran FG-1D Goodyear Corsairs. They jettisoned hard point stores before climbing and made a diving attack; Soto set one Corsair on fire only to find its wingman on his tail. An intense dogfight between them ended when Soto entered a Split-S, giving him a firing solution which he used to shoot down Captain Guillermo Reynaldo Cortez, who died when his Corsair exploded. El Salvador continued to fly its surviving Corsairs into 1975; Honduras did not retire its fleet until 1979.
    >The war was the last conflict in which piston-engined fighters fought each other.

  10. 5 days ago
    Anonymous

    >Drawing of an Alouette III of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, as deployed in Congo in 1998. As a gunship helicopter, it is armed with two .30 machine guns.
    The rhodesian alouettes survived into 1998?

    • 5 days ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, they fucked shit up in the Congo and Somalia. I think they're still in service today

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