Sometimes someone sends you something priceless. This is a letter written in the Area of Operations in 1982, during the SWA/Angola Border War. It is written by Angelo Angelides to his son, Ryan who was just 3 years old at the time.
In it he expresses his reasons for fighting in a manner only a small 3 year old can try to understand. It also shows the deep sense of anguish and fore longing caused by conscripts called up to duty away from their families.
9 Nov 1982
Thanks for your letter son with all squighs and circles I got the message. You love me. Well son the same goes for you I love and miss you and it is not long now before I am home again.
Don’t forget that I am up here today for your tomorrow.
Well your Mom say’s you are naughty. Don’t worry I am not cross with you because I love you. Don’t cry for your Dad because I am home soon.
Lots of Love
Angelo wrote it whilst he was a member of the Transvaal Scottish and off fighting in Angola at the time.
Angelo Angelides (left with beard) and his brother Basil, serving with him at the same time – pictured 1978
My deepest thanks to Ryan Angelides for sharing this priceless memory.