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1 Forward Field Hospital*

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1 Forward Field Hospital (1FFH) [Afr: 1 Voor-veldhospitaal] was established during Operation Savannah, at Cela, in Angola, about 70 kilometres behind the front, on 20 November 1975 (as per the first entry in the war diary), and the name was changed to 1 Forward Surgical Unit (1FSU) [Afr: 1 Voor-Chirurgiese Eenheid] on 22 December 1975. Their first task was to equip the existing hospital properly so that the wounded could be stabilised and the local population treated. Already on 23 November 1975 the first casualties were brought in to 1 Forward Field Hospital. There were 14 wounded South Africans and 22 UNITA, victims of the battle of Ebo. With the withdrawal of Task Force Zulu and battle groups Boxer and Orange early in January 1976 the Cela-hospital was evacuated and the wounded were taken to Silva Porto and Sá de Bandeira.


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