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A temporary headquarters at Catengue

Battle Group Alpha resumed their advance towards Chongoroi, which was about 60 kilometres further, on the morning of 1 November 1975. This town was also not defended. The inhabitants divulged that the enemy were occupying well-prepared positions at the Coporolo River 21 kilometres to the north of the town and that they had prepared the bridge across the river for demolition. With this knowledge a reconnaissance team of Battle Group Alpha and armoured cars departed towards the bridge early on the morning of 1 November 1975. At a bend in the road, just as it descended towards the bridge, Commandant Linford in the front armoured car spotted the bridge and told the driver to move back. The bridge area was then observed from the Serra do Uco hill which was on the right side of the road.

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