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The Destruction of 47 Brigade: 3 October 1987
The Destruction of 47 Brigade: 3 October 1987
The Destruction of 47 Brigade Historical Account

Extract taken with the author's permission from: “War In Angola - The Final South African Phase“, by Helmoed-Römer Heitman (See Bibliography) For the Background and the Run-up to Intervention, get the book! *

Colonel Ferreira had meanwhile begun planning a final attack to remove 47 Brigade as a potential threat south of the Lomba, and 47 Brigade itself was preparing to pull out of its positions and withdraw across the Lomba.

On 30 September a small detachment from 47 Brigade made contact with 59 Brigade, passing over their most seriously wounded, and receiving limited supplies of food and critical ammunition. This activity was watched by Pierre Franken, back on the north bank, who also noted that 59 Brigade and elements of 47 Brigade were again busy preparing the crossing at a point just to the east of the Lomba-Cuzizi confluence, some 1 500 metres from where he was settled in cover on a minute hillock north-west of the confluence. Working parties were cutting trees and laying down the logs to make a firm roadway for several hundred metres on both banks, to allow vehicles to cross the marshy flood plain. The TMM bridge had also reappeared, but it could apparently not reach the river proper until a corduroy roadway had been laid on the north bank also.

This development left Colonel Ferreira in some doubt as to whether 47 Brigade was preparing to withdraw or 59 Brigade intended to cross to the south bank. On balance, the former seemed to be the most likely in view of the withdrawal of the 21 Brigade from the Lomba on 27 and 28 September. He decided to continue with his attack on 47 Brigade in any case, as it would be necessary to deal with 47 Brigade in either case.

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Battle Roll of Honour (A Work In Progress - please send more information)
YearForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitService
198784340157BGHind A.H., 2 Lt1987/10/0361 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Army

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