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The composition of Task Force 101

Maj.-Gen. van Deventer was given the following tasks when he took over command on 14 November 1975:

  • securing and development of the traditional UNITA area with, if possible, the provision of aid to the FNLA in Northern Angola;
  • occupation of the area up to the Cuanza River;
  • securing and restoration of the Benguela railway line;
  • capture of enemy positions like Henrique de Carvalho (Saurimo) where required and where possible;
  • ensuring of the safety of the soldiers and equipment of the South African Defence Force in Angola and during the withdrawal when evacuating;
  • clearing of SWAPO within a demilitarised zone along the border between Angola and South West Africa;
  • destroying the electrical supply to Luanda.


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