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The Central Front – 5 to 20 October 1975

It was essential for the South Africans to know what was happening on their widely spread out front on a daily basis. A system was implemented and after a few weeks information started filtering through to Major Chindondo, Savimbi’s military coordinator at Nova Lisboa. This information was collected by Major Holtzhausen or Captain Holm and delivered to the South African headquarters at Silva Porto. In this manner the South Africans had eventually collected a variety of intelligence which they put to good use during the offensive phase of the war.

As already indicated, the front, if it really could be called a front, stretched around Nova Lisboa in a wide, untidy, and broken half-circle in the northeast, north, west, and southwest. It was rumoured that Nova Lisboa was threatened from the south, west and north by advancing FAPLA-forces. The biggest threat, however, was from the west via the Benguela- and Lobito-routes.

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