The Unita (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) guerrillas, who are fighting the leftist government of Angola, appear to be preparing to wage conventional warfare in the contested southern part of the country.
GV PAN Unita troops on parade (2 shots)
GV Troops PULL BACK TO anti-aircraft guns (2 shots)
CU Troops holding weapons (3 shots)
GV Unita troops
GV PAN Trucks and SVs workers repairing engines while colonel Bok inspects (Bok, small man with missing left forearm)(5 shots)
SV Welder at work
SV Blacksmith at work; metal being filed (2 shots)
CU Central electrical department with generator (2 shots)
GV PAN Water pump taking water from Kavango River
SV PAN Men scooping water from trench (2 shots)
SV Field with crops
SV & GV Troops on obstacle course (3 shots)
SV & GV Two soldiers
SV Colonel Juan Bok speaking PAN TO map (SOT)
CU PULL BACK TO Troops marching past with SV one individual and group (3 shots)
SV Colonel Bok taking salute
SV PAN Troops shouting in unison
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COLONEL JUAN BOK: "At the moment we have 10,000 regular troops plus 25,000 guerrillas, that's altogether 35,000."
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Background: The Unita (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) guerrillas, who are fighting the leftist government of Angola, appear to be preparing to wage conventional warfare in the contested southern part of the country. The 35,000 strong force of Dr. Jonas Savimbi is under weapons training at a string of camps Cuban auxiliaries backing the Marxist government. One training camp is at Likua about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the border with Namibia. The inspecting officer is Colonel Juan Bok, one of Dr. Savimbi's most trusted subordinates. At macusso, close to the border, repair work is taking place on the guerrillas logistical support. It is here that engines and military trucks captured from government forces are serviced and restored. The Unita rebels are also keen to present themselves as an alternative government and not just a military force. They are developing land for agriculture using the waters of the Kavanago River which forms the frontier with Namibia. Colonel Bok, seen briefing rebels at the Macusso base, has said the Cuban presence in the country is increasing and that Unita would only negotiate with the Luanda government once the Cubans are withdrawn. The rebels say they killed 1,500 Cubans and 3,000 government soldiers for the loss of 300 of their own men in the past year. For its part, the government in Luanda has attributed Unita successes to the backing of their powerful ally across the Namibian border, South Africa.