A Clash of Armour II

A view from the other side

Regular CMV correspondent James Kinnear earlier this year met with members of the Union of Veterans of Angola during a trip to Russia to find out more about the war in Angola from the Soviet perspective

The number of Soviet military combat personnel in Angola was small, a few hundred at any one time. They acted in the capacity of military advisors and in training roles, and also in providing military communications
pictures Union of Veterans of Angola
Soviet military advisors (A Shishov on left) on the ‘road of death’ from Menongue to Cuito Cuanavale
Adviser to the chief of artillery of the 10th Inf Brigade under the command of Y Yatsun, advisor to the commander of the 10th Inf Brigade under the command of V Sagatchko, advisor to the chief of air defence of the 8th Inf Brigade under the command of V Romanov. In the background is a destroyed FAPLA fuel truck ambushed by UNITA

The June 2021 edition of Classic Military Vehicle featured the article ‘A Clash of Armour’ which covered the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale fought in Angola in late 1987 and early 1988. In addition to the Angolan Army and UNITA, an opposition military formation in the country, the Angolan conflict also involved South African and Cuban forces and Soviet advisors.

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