It had been obvious at an early stage that military advisors alone would not be able to supply in the needs of UNITA and the FNLA. The solution was mercenaries. Despite an extensive search in various countries, only a limited number of Portuguese and French mercenaries were obtained by the end of 1975. Of the two groups the French mercenaries were preferred. There were only 20 recruited with the help of the Frenchman and ex-Congolese mercenary, Bob Denard. They called themselves the “Hoods” after the legendary Robin Hood. The first “French Hoods” arrived at Kinshasa on 10 January 1976, where they received training for two days. They were then sent on to Silva Porto. The rest arrived on 27 January 1976.
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