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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The attack on 21 Brigade was again postponed on 13 January, and finally opened at 09h45 with an air strike on the main positions of 21 Brigade. The leading Unita elements made first contact with Fapla standing patrols between the two outposts at much the same time. Colonel Fouche then gave orders for the attack proper to open at 11h00.
Unita attacked the northern outpost promptly at 11h05, drawing M-46 fire. At 11h15 the artillery began firing an artillery strike on 21 Brigade, putting 160 rounds of 155 mm and 120 of the 127 mm rockets on to the main Fapla positions. One troop of G-5s then continued to hit 21 Brigade until the 81 mm mortars could take over, while the remainder of the artillery prepared to engage targets of opportunity and to carry out counter-bombardments. Individual guns and rocket launchers were laid on identified Fapla gun positions, ready to deal with them if they began firing. Fapla counter-bombardment from a BM-21 in the 16 Brigade positions fell on the old dummy artillery position north of the Cuatir- the second lime that this deception had proved successful long after its original purpose had passed. The 120 mm mortars of Romeo Battery began firing on the 25 Brigade main positions and on 59 Brigade at 11h40, followed shortly after by G-5 fire on the northern outpost. By 11h47 a large bush fire had broken out among the positions of 21 Brigade.
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