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United States Relations with South Africa: Historical Dictionary of Angola 2nd ed. The Soviets dismissed the advice of the Cubans, as in chito campaigns before, who warned that the operation would create another opportunity for a South African intervention. The airstrip at Cuito Cuanavale was extensively bombarded, causing the Cubans to withdraw their aircraft to Menongue and to abandon the Cuanavale airstrip.

Batalla de Cuito Cuanavale – Wikipedia

A Modern Military History, — They did not reach Cuito Cuanavale in time to take part in the first engagement. South West African People’s Organisation. The Road to Cuito Cuanavale: A final attack on 25 November bogged down in heavy bush, and was batallla abandoned.

South African Journal of Military Studies.

The Cuban MiG-23 in air-ground action (in Angola)

Shaking Hands with Billy. Toward a Pragmatic U. South African Border War. They were counter-attacked by Cuban tanks. Under its terms, a transitional government was formed, elections were scheduled for the end of the year, and 11 November was slated as Angola’s independence day.


At Thy Call we did not falter. Battle of Omugulugwombashe Disengagement from Southwest Africa: There was never an attempt made to capture the town of Cuito Cuanavale, and the SADF had orders to avoid the town unless it fell into their hands without a fight. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War illustrated ed.

Peter Lang Publishing, Incorporated. A Military History of South Africa: Category Battles and operations.

However the bridgehead survived, and the objective of driving the enemy across the river had still not been achieved.

There was no actual battle at Cuito Cuanavale itself. Also known as the Battle of the Lomba River, this battle took place near the town of Cuito Cuanavale in southern Angola. Ricardo Luis, Roger On 13 January the Cuoto attacked the 21st brigade, starting with air strikes and artillery bombardments.

In the following days the Cubans stepped baalla their air attacks against South African positions. The terrain was ideally suited to defence, and they laid extensive minefields.


Tafelberg NB Publishers published 15 May On the other side, the Cubans were shocked at the heavy casualties suffered and placed their forces on maximum alert awaiting a revenge attack from the South Africans, which never came.

The Cuban MiG in air-ground action (in Angola) • Rubén Urribarres

On 25 February another assault on the bridgehead ran into a minefield, and bogged down. Ends of British Imperialism: Journal of Modern African Studies. The SADF had 4 killed and 11 wounded, plus some vehicles damaged. The bombardment started on 2 Januarywith a mix of artillery cuxnavale air strikes, and a UNITA infantry attack that failed.