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Major-General Ryabchenko would command the Angolan forces in the battle. Archived from the original PDF on January A Military History of Africa.

Seven Battles that Shaped South Africa.

On 17 November they were engaged again, and suffered casualties, along with 9 tanks destroyed and about other vehicles. They were counter-attacked by Cuban tanks. Air strikes and artillery were used, and tanks went into battle alongside the armoured vehicles. To the South African Defence Force it took the form of four phases, which ran consecutively as a single overall battle.

This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Its security strategy was shaped by the doctrines of pre-emptive interventionism and counter-revolutionary warfare. Views Read Edit View history. Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. UNITA infantry also participated.

Batalla de Cuito Cuanavale

Caught in a conventional action for which it was ill-prepared, UNITA suffered some battle dead from among the ranks of its best units. This provided a huge propaganda victory for Castro. It was decided to commence the attack from Cuito Cuanavale.

The bombardment started on 2 Januarywith a mix of artillery and air strikes, and a Fe infantry attack that failed. Las Guerras Secretas de Fidel Castro. They did not reach Cuito Cuanavale in time to ciuto part in the first engagement. Peter Lang Publishing, Incorporated.


Fighting between the three rebel factions started soon after the transitional government took office on 31 Januarywith each movement gaining control of their traditional areas of influence by mid Once again it bogged down in minefields. Contested Narratives and Conflicting Memories. On 25 February another assault on the bridgehead ran into a minefield, and bogged down. Jacana Media Pty Ltd.

The airstrip at Cuito Cuanavale was extensively bombarded, causing the Cubans to withdraw their aircraft to Menongue and to abandon the Cuanavale airstrip. Retrieved 25 February However the bridgehead survived, and the objective of driving the enemy across the river had still not been achieved.

The Cuban’s initial priority was securing Cuito Cuanavale, but while reinforcements were arriving at the besieged garrison they made preparations for a second front to the west of Cuito Cuanavale in Lubango where the SADF had been operating unhindered for 8 years.

Batalla de Cuito Cuanavale – Wikipedia

Part of a series on the. General Arnaldo Ochoaa veteran of the Angola campaign and of tank battles in Ethiopia, was made overall commander of the forces on the government side. There was no actual battle at Cuito Cuanavale itself. A Military History of South Africa: Ends of British Imperialism: On 8 Junethe South African government issued call-ups tomen of the Batala Force reserves, however when hostilities ceased the call-up was cancelled.


Battle of Cuito Cuanavale – Wikipedia

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 objective was to inflict a crushing blow to the FAPLA, so batall they would not consider another offensive in the following year.

The Cubans did however succeed in establishing air superiority over the area with batqlla new Russian aircraft, and the defenders did manage to hold onto a bridgehead ed of the town, with the aid of extensive minefields. They received air support from the airbase at Menongueincluding MiG 23s deployed in ground attacks. According to Cuban leader Fidel Castrothe presence of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces in Angola was in accordance with an “internationalist mission” to combat colonialism and “defend [Angolan] independence”.

Historical Dictionary of Angola 2nd ed. Before and during the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, US-brokered peace negotiations were in progress to remove all foreign belligerents from Angola. The Angolan campaign was initially successful and made considerable gains into southeastern Angola.