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The Pursuit to the Chambinga: 17 November 1987
The Pursuit to the Chambinga: 17 November 1987
 
The Pursuit to the Chambinga: Historical Account

Extract taken with the author's permission from: “War In Angola - The Final South African Phase“, by Helmoed-Römer Heitman (See Bibliography)
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It was decided to attack the next day, with Combat Group Alpha moving in between the Hube and Chambinga sources and carrying out a scything manoeuvre towards the bridge to put pressure on Fapla. Alpha would take the tank squadron and the 120 mm mortars under command for this manoeuvre. The intention was to drive Fapla ahead of them into a concentration near the Chambinga bridge, which the artillery could then engage to good effect.

Combat Group Bravo would deploy as a reserve and also carry out a feint. Charlie would meanwhile complete its replenishment and recover the Rinkhals and the Withings from the battlefield of the 16th.

First light on 17 November revealed considerable activity in the Chambinga bridge area. Both 16 Brigade and Tactical Group 2 were crossing, and many of their men were more than keen to have the river between them and the South Africans.

 

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

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