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After the battle of Norton de Matos

The first battle of Norton de Matos had far-reaching consequences on the participation of the South African Defence Force in the war in Angola. It had brought to light that the UNITA-forces (and probably those of the FNLA) were not able to resist FAPLA without assistance. Dr. Savimbi and Maj. Lumumba were both very disappointed in the performance of their soldiers. It was apparent that the MPLA was much stronger than anticipated and that its commanders were able to take advantage of the terrain and apply their weapons effectively. It was also clear that the presence of Cubans, or just the mere suspicion, was enough to cause panic amongst the soldiers of UNITA.

After the battle Major Holtzhausen left Major Lumumba and his men in positions east of Norton de Matos and returned to Silva Porto with his 19 South Africans. On 5 October, a day after the battle, Rundu was requested to arrange discussions at command level.


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

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