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Operation Meebos, 1982: Locating Smelling Rat

Operation MeebosOn 27 July 1982 61 Mech left Xangongo and deliberately followed the tarred road for 45km towards Môngua for anyone to see and report. At Môngua our fighting unit left-wheeled sharply and disappeared from sight into the bushes. From there it was bundu-bashing for approximately 65km, where 61 Mech occupied a hide until the 29th of July 1982. On the 30th of July 61 Mech left its comfortable hide and bundu-bashed 65km due east to join up with two companies of 32 Battalion. The two companies were already deployed in a forward assembly area (FAA) approximately 25km due east of Mupa. The latter position served as a FAA for 32 Battalion and 61 Mech to kick-start Operation Meebos. The opening gambit was scheduled for first light on the 31st of July.

On the way to the FAA, after crossing the Mupa-Evale gravel road and travelling for about 5km, 61 Mech swung due north. So it went, as our armoured column grinded northwards through the dense foliage for about 15km, before swinging eastwards again.

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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
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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