Two men who stands head and shoulders above other men. Col Jan Breytenbach seen here after been blown clear from his vehicle when it hit a anti tank land mine whilst on operations in southern Angola on the 29th August 1981. Col Breytenbach immediately returned to rescue Dave Barr, his gunner, who was pinned under the vehicle – a special forces ‘Sabre’ – and pulled him free from exploding ammunition and burning fuel.
Dave Barr, an American serving with the SADF unfortunately lost both legs in the incident, however testament to Dave – as a double amputee, ex Vietnam War and Bush War veteran, he then went on to circumnavigate parts of the planet by motorcycle raising funds for the disabled, setting world records and inspiring people.
Dave is a Vietnam Vet (two tours), an Israeli Paratrooper Vet, and RLI Vet and a 44 Para Pathfinder Vet.
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So there were American serving SADF in Angola?
A handful that we know about served in the SADF, but serving on their conscious, not for or on behalf of the USA.