1978A.P. BrinkRumours of Rain 291One day a group of Top Brass arrived to look around the ‘operational area’. We slaved away to make everything shine and then they arrived in their helicopters.
1978Fair Lady 8 Nov. (Suppl.) 8The fighting soldier sees service in the operational area as the culmination of his training.
1979Sunday Post 8 July 7‘..challenged the validity of young South Africans fighting against blacks in the operational area.’...I’d always thought both the soldiers and the guerillas were South Africans.
1980Fair Lady 3 Dec. 63The ignorance of people who don’t know what life in the operational area, on the border, is like.
1981E. Prov. Herald 9 July 3At least 700 people have died this year in the bush war in the operational area in northern South West Africa.
1982Sunday Times 18 July 2The South African Defence Force will open an operational area in the buffer zone between South Africa and Mozambique and eliminate incursions.
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