After completing school Johan Opperman was conscripted into the South African Air Force to complete National Service as a radar station Fighter Controller. After a brief civilian spell he re-joined the South African Air Force to pursue a full time career in the military. Whilst completing under-graduate studies at the SADF Military Academy he transferred to the Air Force Intelligence Branch. He gained extensive experience in air warfare during the 1980s as an Air Intelligence Officer in the South West Africa/Namibia and Southern Angolan theatres of operations. During the period described in this book he held the rank of Major and retired in 1997 with the rank of Colonel to pursue a civilian career. He is married with two daughters
This book is a personal account of the battle for Mavinga in South Eastern Angola during September and October 1985. It covers the Operation Second Congress advance on UNITA's Jamba headquarters area and the response from the South African forces charged with stopping the advance. Operation Weldmesh was a specialized operation aimed at destroying the FAPA helicopter air support to FAPLA.