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Training of FNLA units planned

In order to ensure that the weapons would be utilised properly, is was decided to also provide training. Commandant D.J. Breytenbach, the founder of 1 Reconnaissance Commando, was placed under the command of Brigadier Schoeman specifically for this purpose. He was appointed at the head of a training programme which he had to select himself. He started this part of his task even before he left Pretoria. He arrived at 1 Military Area on 28 August 1975 and already had a training programme ready which he discussed on 29 August with Brigadier Schoeman, Commandant Knoetze and high ranking FNLA representatives.

For the sake of secrecy it could not be treated as a normal operation. As few people as possible were informed about it. It was emphasised that the operation had to be controlled separately from the normal headquarters facilities and that liaison with Army Headquarters could not occur through the normal channels. As a cover story, the FNLA soldiers were told that the training personnel were mercenaries, which they believed.


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