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Planning before the battle

The morning of 4 October 1975 saw the combat group advancing up to about 50 kilometres from Norton de Matos (Balombo). The time had come for Major Holtzhauzen to do some proper planning and reconnaissance of the terrain. He only had a roadmap at his disposal which did not show many topographic features.

Between him and the enemy there was rumoured to be a UNITA force comprising of three infantry companies, one of which had received commando-training with mortar sections and a 106 mm recoilless gun, in total between 400 and 500 men. No white had ever seen this force on the parade ground before, and it is also not known to what extend this force participated in the coming battle.

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