It was 7 November 1975, four days before Angola would become independent. Roberto resented Brigadiers Roos and Truter for South Africa’s reluctance to help him. Again, the discussion reverted to the possibility of bigger weapons being supplied. Brigadier Roos pointed out correctly to Roberto that the 88 mm guns he requested would not have the range for the terrain. (The 25-pounder (88 mm) gun was manufactured in Britain, with a maximum range of 12 250 metres) A gun with a range of at least 15 000 metres was required. “Does South Africa not have any bigger guns?” Roberto asked. Brigadier Roos inquired from his headquarters in Pretoria whether it would be possible to supply 140 mm guns (also knows as the 5.5 inch) with crews to ELNA. (The 5.5 inch or 140 mm gun was manufactured in Britain and had a maximum range of 16 400 metres)
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