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dc.contributor.authorScholtz, Leopold
dc.identifier.citationScholtz, L. 2017. The battle of the Lomba, 3 October 1987 : a tactical and operational analysis. Journal for Contemporary History, 42(2):48-73. []
dc.description.abstractThe Battle of the Lomba, which was fought on 3 October 1987, was the final contest between the South African Defence Force (SADF) and Forças Armadas Populares de Libertação de Angola (FAPLA) during the first phase of Operation Moduler. In this battle, 61 Mechanised Battalion Group (61 Mech; with a Ratel 90 squadron as the battering ram) attacked the vastly superior Angolan 47 Brigade and all but wiped it out. The basic question in this article is why and how this happened? The answer lies in the tactical and operational handling of both forces on a command level. On the one side, from a professional viewpoint, the SADF leadership of 20 SA Brigade and 61 Mech did almost everything correctly, and even lay the foundation of the victory before a single shot was fired. The Angolan commanders did almost everything wrong. The tactical and operational lessons learnt from the battle may provide material for officers' training, and these lessons are discussed as part of the conclusion.
dc.publisherUniversity of the Free State
dc.subject47 Brigade
dc.subject61 Gemeganiseerde Batteljon Groep (61 Mech)
dc.subject61 Mechanised Battalion Group (61 Mech)
dc.subjectBok Smit
dc.subjectDeon Ferreira
dc.subjectForças Armadas Populares de Libertação de Angola (FAPLA)
dc.subjectMovimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA)
dc.subjectOperación Saludando á Octubre
dc.subjectOperasie Modulêr
dc.subjectOperation Moduler
dc.subjectSouth African Defence Force (SADF)
dc.subjectSuid-Afrikaanse Weermag (SAW)
dc.subjectT-55 and União Nacional Para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA)
dc.titleThe battle of the Lomba, 3 October 1987 : a tactical and operational analysis

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