It was the first time that South African reinforcements were sent into Angola by road as far as Cela, a distance of some 700 kilometres. When Commandant van der Westhuizen departed from Grootfontein on the night of 25 November 1975, he had 254 people and 49 vehicles in his convoy. At Sá de Bandeira Commandant Boy du Toit convinced a platoon of ELP-members (the so-called freedom fighters) to accompany them as guides.
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