For the first few months of 1976, operations were conducted on an area defence/patrol system, with only verbal orders being issued. On 28 April, Colonel Breytenbach issued the first formal order for deployment - Operational Order No. 1, aimed at preventing FAPLA from occupying Mpupa and the area south to Calai.
Intelligence had indicated that a SWAPO and FAPLA agent known as February was holed up at Tuni, while a second agent was reported to be at Xamavera. On the night of 29 April, Corporal Evans was lo take four members of 1 Reconnaissance Commando, 16 Bravo Group members and a section of engineers commanded by Staff Sergeant Charlie Spiller, and capture both agents for interrogation.
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