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On a visit to Cuba, Nelson Mandela told the Cuban people that the FAPLA-Cuban “success” at Cuito and in Lubango was “a turning point for the liberation of our continent and my people” as well as the Angolan civil war and the struggle for Namibian independence.

Just Done Productions Publishing published 1 December The battle was the largest engagement of the Angolan conflict and the biggest conventional battle on the African continent since World War II.

At Thy Call we did not falter. Several damaged SADF tanks were cuqnavale in the minefield, and were subsequently captured by the Cubans. By Augustthe strategy had worked, leaving some South African soldiers completely surrounded for several months.

Vuanavale provided a huge propaganda victory for Castro. The New York Times. Soviet Strategy in Southern Africa: Soviet Soldiers’ Accounts of the Angolan War.

Bole-Richard, Michel 23 January However the SADF had two vehicles damaged in the minefield. The siege of Cuito Cuanavale”. Batalka and during the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, US-brokered peace negotiations were in progress to remove all foreign belligerents from Angola.


Both superpowers tried to influence the outcome of the civil war through proxies. In August FAPLA’s 16th, 21st both light infantry47th armoured and 59th mechanized brigades, cuanavald 6, men and 80 tanks plus artillery and support vehicles, departed from Cuito Cuanavale to cross the Lomba River.

The 20th anniversary in was especially celebrated in Namibia.

Battle of Cuito Cuanavale – Wikipedia

Following the battles the South Africans recognised that further confrontation with the Cubans would unnecessarily escalate the conflict and with all risks considered then retired the combat groups still operating in Angola back to Namibia. Over two days the FAPLA unit was driven out of their positions, and lost 7 tanks with 5 more captured, various other vehicles destroyed and captured, and men dead or captured.

Gleijeses, Piero May They did not reach Cuito Cuanavale in time to xuito part in the first engagement. Truth and Reconciliation Commission 29 October Eventually Cuban troop strength in Angola increased to about 55, with 40, deployed in the south.

The order was that the town of Cuito Cuanavale would not be attacked unless it fell into SADF hands almost without a fight. Esti trabayu referir a la “Defensa Militar de Cuito Cuanavale”.


The Cuito airstrip was kept in repair, but since it was under constant observation by the SADF cuitl and air force it could not be safely used by fixed wing aircraft. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat The airstrip at Cuito Cuanavale was extensively bombarded, causing the Cubans to withdraw their aircraft to Menongue and to abandon the Cuanavale airstrip.

A Military History of Africa. The Cuban intervention in Angola: Retrieved 8 April 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.

Batalla de Cuito Cuanavale

Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood. Los rusos retiraron a los sos asesores polo que les FAPLA escarecieron d’un mandu militar competente.

Peter Lang Publishing, Incorporated. Gleijeses, Piero 11 July