On 17 October 1975 the advance to Pereira de Eça was resumed via a road that led directly southward. Battle Group Bravo, under Commandant Breytenbach, was in front. About 67 kilometres from Cassinga the task force could not be sure whether they were in enemy or friendly territory. Even the UNITA forces here were not friendly. According to Major Kandanda, the UNITA-leader, Dr. Vakulukuta Kashana, would have joined Task Force Zulu in the vicinity of Nahone with 400 men, but this did not happen.
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