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Lomba

This was a refight of the first major battle during Operation 'Modular' in Angola, which took place on 9/10 September 1987, when the South African Combat Group 'Bravo' (comprising the core of 32 'Buffalo' Bn, with two companies of 101 Bn) attacked a bridgehead that had been formed by FAPLA's 21 Mechanised Brigade, across the River Lomba.
As in history, despite a distinct materiel advantage over the light UNITA and South African forces, the FAPLA offensive was first stalled then destroyed by their highly-mobile, well-trained and veteran enemy, who were supported by excellent artillery.
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FAPLA Air Defences At The Bridge
FAPLA Air Defences At The Bridge
FAPLA Air Defences At The Bridge
FAPLA Recce
FAPLA Recce
FAPLA Recce
UNITA Screening Action
UNITA Screening Action
UNITA Screening Action
FAPLA Bridgehead
FAPLA Bridgehead
FAPLA Bridgehead
FAPLA Waiting To Cross
FAPLA Waiting To Cross
FAPLA Waiting To Cross
SA 32 Bn Reinforces UNITA
SA 32 Bn Reinforces UNITA
SA 32 Bn Reinforces UNITA
FAPLA Attacks
FAPLA Attacks
FAPLA Attacks
 32 Bn AT Sqn Destroys FAPLA Recce
32 Bn AT Sqn Destroys FAPLA Recce
32 Bn AT Sqn Destroys FAPLA Recce.
Ratels Have Eyes On The Bridge
Ratels Have Eyes On The Bridge
Ratels Have Eyes On The Bridge
FAPLA Reinforce The Bridgehead
FAPLA Reinforce The Bridgehead
FAPLA Reinforce The Bridgehead
Ratel Closeup
Ratel Closeup
Ratel Closeup.
Ratels & Ystervark
Ratels & Ystervark
Ratels & Ystervark
SA Reinforcements Pass Burning T-55s
SA Reinforcements Pass Burning T-55s
SA Reinforcements Pass Burning T-55s
Ratels & Ystervark Again
Ratels & Ystervark Again
Ratels & Ystervark Again
FAPLA Reinforcements Run Into Trouble
FAPLA Reinforcements Run Into Trouble
FAPLA Reinforcements Run Into Trouble
FAPLA AGS-17 Grenade Launcher & BTR-60s
FAPLA AGS-17 Grenade Launcher & BTR-60s
FAPLA AGS-17 Grenade Launcher & BTR-60s
UNITA forces hold the line
UNITA forces hold the line
UNITA forces hold the line
Cuban MiG Strafes Ratels
Cuban MiG Strafes Ratels
Cuban MiG Strafes Ratels
A Ystervark Has A Crack At MiG
A Ystervark Has A Crack At MiG
A Ystervark Has A Crack At MiG
Yet More FAPLA Cross The River
Yet More FAPLA Cross The River
Yet More FAPLA Cross The River
More Ratels Moving Up
More Ratels Moving Up
More Ratels Moving Up
FAPLA Saggers Get Revenge
FAPLA Saggers Get Revenge
FAPLA Saggers Get Revenge
The MiG Strafes SA Infantrye
The MiG Strafes SA Infantry
The MiG Strafes SA Infantry
FAPLA Reinforcements Are Destroyed
FAPLA Reinforcements Are Destroyed
FAPLA Reinforcements Are Destroyed
More SA Infantry Join The Attack
More SA Infantry Join The Attack
More SA Infantry Join The Attack
MiG Attempts To Stem The Tide
MiG Attempts To Stem The Tide
MiG Attempts To Stem The Tide
FAPLA Air Defences Are Decimated
FAPLA Air Defences Are Decimated
FAPLA Air Defences Are Decimated
SA 32 Bn Assaults The Bridgehead
SA 32 Bn Assaults The Bridgehead
SA 32 Bn Assaults The Bridgehead
UNITA Are Relieved
UNITA Are Relieved
UNITA Are Relieved
Ratels Move Through Wreckage
Ratels Move Through Wreckage
Ratels Move Through Wreckage
BMPs Burn In The Bridgehead
BMPs Burn In The Bridgehead
BMPs Burn In The Bridgehead
A MiG Makes A Final Strafing Run
A MiG Makes A Final Strafing Run
A MiG Makes A Final Strafing Run

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