By Johan Schoeman on
2011/11/18 11:52 AM
October, 1981 — Southern Angola
SWAPO had suffered heavy losses during Operation Carnation and Operation Protea which were executed in the western and southern theatres of Southern Angola. Because of this, the situation was as follows:
· The North-Eastern Front (NEF) was cut off from the rest of the SWAPO forces.
· The Northern Front (NF) Headquarters had dispersed and the guerrillas had fled in the direction of the command post.
· The morale of SWAPO was low due to the disruption and an acute shortage of food supplies.
· A battalion SWAPO guerrillas had arrived at the command post in order to lay ambushes towards the south as protection.
FAPLA forces had withdrawn towards the north to join units further north. They were busy with reconnaissance tasks in order to reoccupy towns in Southern Angola.
The on-going process of intelligence-gathering after Protea indicated to the South Africans that SWAPO had moved their command post to a position in thick bush northeast...