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Operation Bolson, 1984

Operation Bolson Throughout 1984, SWAPO’s infiltration of the eastern and southern Kavango was cause for concern at the headquarters of the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF), as no proof could be found that traditional routes through far-eastern Owamboland were being used.

Military Intelligence informers in Botswana reported that SWAPO was using a transit camp in the Rekonga area to enter South West Africa via Zambia, and on 4 August, 32 Battalion was ordered to investigate these claims. Colonel Viljoen decided that this was a task for the reconnaissance teams, with operational planning being done at Nova de Marco, 32’s training base, by Major Daan van der Merwe and Captain Peter Waugh. Captain Werner Scott, the unit’s staff officer operations, and Captain Herman Mulder, the intelligence officer, assisted them.

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