Secrecy is a feature of all wars. The necessity to keep strategic or tactical matters secret from the enemy always exists. Conversely, espionage and counter-espionage are also accepted practices, not only during wars, but also during times of peace. It is a particularly popular theme in fictional literature.
What made the Angolan venture something particular was the fact that the war as such, or at least South Africa’s participation, had to be kept secret. The RSA Defence Law determined that reports about troop movements of the South African Defence Force could not be made public without obtaining permission from the Department of Defence. (Laws of the Union of South Africa Part 1 numbers 1-44, pp. 607-608)
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