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Operation Sceptic: Battle Group 61’s plan to capture Smokeshell

Operation Sceptic





The forces available to Battle Group 61 were divided into six combat teams:

  • Combat Team 1, commanded by Major P.S. “Paul” Fouche.
  • Combat Team 2, commanded by Captain L.J. “Louis” Harmse,.
  • Combat Team 3, commanded by Captain D.J.F. “Jakes” Jacobs.
  • Combat Team 4, commanded by Captain Mack Alexander.
  • Combat Team 5, commanded by Captain Piet Nel.
  • Combat Team 6, the reserve combat team, commanded by Major J.A.B. Swart.
  • Medium Artillery Battery, commanded by Major T.J. “Tobie” Vermaak.
  • A Echelon, under WO1 M.C. Barnard.
  • Battle Group Headquarters with Major J.N.R Botha as Second-In-Command.

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