The Serpa Pinto-members of the combat group had been ready to leave since 1 October 1975, but Savimbi was not there yet. Maj. Holtshauzen deemed it necessary to move out under Dr. Savimbi’s banner, because the unconventional presence of foreign soldiers, even under the cover of mercenaries, could lead to serious clashes, even with Portuguese forces. They therefore had to wait for the return of Savimbi.
He arrived on the afternoon of 2 October 1975 and decided to accompany Maj. Holtshauzen to personally introduce him to his officers in the field.. The combat group left at ten o’clock on the morning of 3 October 1975. It was raining. It was already dark by the time they reached Nova Lisboa, about 140 km from Silva Porto, and moved around it to a milk farm north of the city. A UNITA base was located there. They spent the next day at the base and, among other things, repaired UNITA’s third armoured car which they found there, broken.
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