Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

It’s no wonder the Soviet state was helping some sides in the Angola war. Here are some photos of Russian veterans from their private albums. Rarely seen private photos of Soviet pilots, tank commanders and other officers who fought on Angolan ground.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Many soldiers from Angola were studying how to fight and how to use arms in Russia.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“People always ask me”, remembers one Soviet Angola war veteran, “did you fight in Angola yourself or were you just acting as an advisor?”

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“We were sent to Angola to advise, not to fight. However I would lie if I say that we were sending Angolan pilots to the attacks they were not ready to handle yet. We were performing these tasks ourselves, or as sidekicks with them”.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“We tried not to fly more than two bombing raids in a row in order to minimize the risks of us being shot down”

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“Young Angolan pilots respected us and trusted us, even when I was shouting at them they understood I did this because I cared so much about their lives”.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Some of their Angolan friends became leaders of the Angola military.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Not all served as pilots, some were fighting on the ground. Performing different tasks, like guarding roads, etc.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Angolan soldiers liked Soviet weapons a lot.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

For Soviet soldiers and officers this was exotic. They were not allowed to leave the USSR and see different countries, but in this way they could travel.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

The roads through Angola were very dangerous. Guerrilla warriors were setting ambushes all over the place.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“I saw over 360 burned out vehicles – tanks, etc – until we got to the place through the jungle”, remembers one Soviet officer.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“This was a strange war”, he remembers “sort of a mix of peace and war, but for us it was just a job, a job in another country, sort of an adventure with risks and dangers”.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“It was not endless fighting like in World War 2, on the contrary we had months of peaceful life, celebrating different holidays – both Russian and Angolan, going to the beach, etc”.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Here is an Angolan beach.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

“We were always finding some alcohol to drink. Spanish wine, Cuban rome, beer cans – we had plenty of those”.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Many Soviet officers came with their wives so there were a lot of Soviet women present as well.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Officially it was considered that Soviet officers were not participating in the war. This is what was stated in UN sessions by the Soviet side. “However I was participating at least in 134 days of hot war”, remembers another Russian officer.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Cuban forces were also present on the ground and were cooperating with Soviet coleagues.

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola

2 thoughts on “Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola”

  1. From the little I know about The Soviets in Angola is that they carried themselves to the highest levels. Even though I am an American, I still want to say “Thank you” to your veterans for being willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Thank You.

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