Operational Order No. 21, issued by 101 Task Force on 28 March 1977, required 32 Battalion to pinpoint enemy bases or groups on the Angolan side of the border between beacons 26 and 38 as part of Operation Bucksaw.
However, for the first time 32 Battalion was ordered not to attack the enemy, merely to report to Tactical Headquarters on what they found. Assault forces would then be transported in Puma helicopters to launch the attacks, while 32 continued to patrol the area in search of targets.
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