Colonel Jan Breytenbach in Australia as SAMVOA Guest of Honour

Colonel Jan Breytenbach

Colonel Jan Breytenbach

SAMVOA was proud to host the legendary Colonel Jan Breytenbach and his wife, Rosalind, during their three week visit to Australia. The Colonel and his wife were Guests of Honour at two SAMVOA Formal Mess Dinners, held on the 29th of September in Perth and the 5th of October in Melbourne.

On the 25th of September, Colonel Breytenbach DVR, SD, SM, MMM presented a much anticipated talk about his time as a career officer in the SADF as one of South Africa’s most decorated soldiers; and who was the founding commanding officer of the elite 1 Reconnaissance Commando (Recce) unit, the famed 32 Battalion (known colloquially as the “Buffalo Battalion” during the Angolan Bush War), and commander of 44 Parachute Brigade.

Colonel Breytenbach had his audience spellbound as he described in detail how he led the South African ParaBats into battle during the attack on Cassinga; an attack recognised as the most daring airborne assault since WWII. He paid homage to those who fought the battle alongside him, spoke about the courage of the pilots from the South African Airforce who flew on the day, and remembered those who, at the call of duty, made the supreme sacrifice.

It was an honour to have Colonel Jan Breytenbach and his wonderful wife Rosalind as our guests here in Australia, and an experience that will surely live on in the memory of those who had the privilege of meeting the great man.

Click here for a detailed report and photo gallery of Colonel Jan Breytenbach and Mrs Rosalind Breytenbach’s visit to Australia.

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