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Friday, 1 April 1988: MiGs attacked RPU's positions
At 10h00 on 1 April several Mig-23s attacked one of Regiment Potchefstroom University's firing positions. One man was slightly wounded by fragments and a gun tractor was damaged. The regiment also had to write off a theodolite. The gunners deployed to their alternative positions as soon as it was confirmed that the unusual accuracy of this attack had not been a mere fluke....

Saturday, 2 April 1988: Little action
2 April saw little action on the ground, but MiGs were continually in the air until 18h35....

Sunday, 3 April 1988: MiGs attacked the G-5s
On 3 April MiG-23s attacked Regiment Potchefstroom University's G-5 positions. This caused no damage, nor did the 35 mm anti-aircraft fire, although it was noted that the MiGs now kept at a respectful altitude over the area where the 35 mm guns were deployed...

Monday, 4 April 1988: More air activity
The 4th brought more air activity and an unsuccessful attempt by RVR to lure MiGs into an anti-aircraft trap around a simulated G-5 position....

Tuesday, 5 April 1988: 13 Field Regiment to lay mines
13 Field Regiment moved out during the night of 5 April to a position some 15 kilometres due east of Cuito Cuanavale. There they would take delivery of the mines that were to be laid south of Tumpo in co-operation with Unita....

Thursday, 7 April 1988: Fapla infantry company noticed
On 7 April a Fapla infantry company was noticed near the old Portuguese road just to the south of the 13 Field camp, perhaps following up reports of the engineers' movements....

Friday, 8 April 1988: The SA Artillery at work
On 8 April the artillery destroyed several bunkers and two vehicles near the Cuito-Cuanavale confluence. According to Unita, this bunker complex housed the advisors attached to 25 Brigade....

Sunday, 10 April 1988: Cuban D-30 battery shelled
On 10 April a Cuban D-30 battery was shelled, and one Cuban was killed and six wounded. One of the shoots carried out by the rocket launcher troop during the day killed a battalion commander of 13 Brigade. Fapla and Cuban counter-bombardments were inaccurate and did not hinder the gunners at all....

Thursday, 14 April 1988: Deception measures
With major elements being withdrawn from the front, it was decided on 14 April to carry out an action against the Fapla forces around Cuito Cuanavale to create the impression that the South Africans were still there in strength...

Friday, 15 April 1988: Part of 82 SA Brigade demobilised
1st Battalion, Regiment De La Rey and B Squadron, Regiment President Steyn took their leave of the demobilisation camp across the Kavango from Rundu on 15 April....

Monday, 18 April 1988: SA security forces engaged by Cubans
On 18 April elements of the security forces pursuing a Swapo group were engaged by a Cuban force south of Xangongo. A major was killed in the fighting before they could disengage. A medical orderly, Corporal Du Toit, lost contact with his comrades in this fighting. When the force returned to look for him, they found his body in a shallow grave....

Wednesday, 20 April 1988: Command Ratel in mine incident
On 20 April, Brigadier Fido Smit and Colonel Robbie Roberts, commander of the 7 Division mobilisation centre, visited the old 21 Brigade positions. As they reversed away from one of the shot-out tanks that they had inspected, their Ratel detonated a mine, which blew off one of the middle wheels....

Saturday, 23 April 1988: Mine-laying operations
The mine-laying operations along the Anhara Lipanda resulted in some casualties on 23 April. One of the sappers was killed when a booby-trapped anti-personnel mine detonated. Three other sappers and seven Unita soldiers were injured....

Thursday, 28 April 1988: First troops of Operation Displace arrived
28 April saw the arrival of the first troops of Operation Displace, Major Hannes Nortmann's anti-tank squadron of 32 Battalion. The purpose of Displace was to 'hold the line' along the Cuito River while negotiations went on and while the obstacle belt was being prepared....

Saturday, 30 April 1988: End of Operation Packer
Colonel Paul Fouche formally handed over the Cuito front to Commandant Piet Nel, the Displace commander, at 17h00 on 30 April. At 19h00 the remaining units of 82 SA Brigade were ready to move off. They pulled out of the Brigade Administrative Area at 20h00. Operation Packer was over....

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
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