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The Attack on 16 Brigade: 9 November 1987
The Attack on 16 Brigade: 9 November 1987
 
The Attack on 16 Brigade: Historical Account

Extract taken with the author's permission from: “War In Angola - The Final South African Phase“, by Helmoed-Römer Heitman (See Bibliography)
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The combat groups moved up into the forward assembly areas during the night of 6 to 7 November and spent that day replenishing and preparing their equipment. Alpha deployed on the west bank of the Cuzizi, eight kilometres south-east of its source; Charlie and Romeo Battery (120 mm mortar) moved up ten kilometres north of the old Portuguese road to the area ofMupende, and from there to a point directly north of the Chambinga source. The G-6 troop deployed north of the Vicuso source. Observation posts were deployed north-west of 16 Brigade and north-east of the Chambinga bridge. Final co-ordination of the operation was discussed during the evening of 7 November at Lake Capua, and the combat groups gave their own orders on 8 November. Detailed orders were given using a sand model of the 16 Brigade positions, built on the basis of air reconnaissance photographs amplified with information provided by Special Forces and Unita reconnaissance teams and the forward observers. Charlie moved out of its forward assembly area at 17h00 on 8 November.

One of the forward observers. Major Cassie van der Merwe, had spent the past few days in observation posts within 800 to 2 000 metres of the 16 Brigade positions. He had studied its dispositions and routines during that period and had also engaged several targets in the area. He was also one of the officers controlling the artillery support for the attack by Combat Group Charlie.

 

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Battle Roll of Honour (A Work In Progress - please send more information)
YearForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitService
198785918027BGClaasen P.G., Rfn1987/11/094 South African Infantry BattalionSouth African Army
198778236700PEDigue P.J., Sgt1987/11/091 South African Infantry Battalion; attached to 4 South African Infantry BattalionSouth African Army
198784370873BGDuvenhage T.A., Cpl1987/11/094 South African Infantry BattalionSouth African Army
198787715314SPMauricio F., Rfn1987/11/0932 BattalionSouth African Army
198783309377BGMuhlenbeck F.A., Pte1987/11/094 South African Infantry BattalionSouth African Army
198784533702BGSteward A., Pte1987/11/094 South African Infantry BattalionSouth African Army
198785487072BGThom A.M., Rfn1987/11/094 South African Infantry BattalionSouth African Army

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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