Troops of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua defeated rebel forces in a four day battle at Macalari, in the mountains of Neuva Segovia, which ended on May 5.
MACALARI, NICARAGUA (MACALARI, NICARAGUA) ( REUTERS - MICHELE TAVERNA)
GV Soldier of 52 Brigade manning 120mm mortars. 0.03
SV Soldier unloading ammunition wagon. (2 SHOTS) 0.11
SVs Soldiers cleaning guns and equipment , women soldiers among them. (6 SHOTS) 0.37
GV & SVs Soldiers on ridge planning and surveying area. (5 SHOTS) 1.00
GVs & SVs Soldiers loading and firing mortars. (5 SHOTS) 1.31
GV Area where bombs land. 1.38
SCU Commanding officer, Baltodano, explaining in Spanish and directing the fire. (Spanish SOT) 1.52
GVs Troops moving through jungle to strike area. 2.08
Background: Troops of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua defeated rebel forces in a four day battle at Macalari, in the mountains of Neuva Segovia, which ended on May 5. The area lies on the northern border with Honduras and was invaded by some 1,200 rebels, known as Contras. The thrust of the Sandinista attack came from the soldiers of 52 Brigade using 120mm mortars and cannons. They were commanded by top Sandinista leaders and concentrated their fire on the known guerilla encampment in day and night bombardments. The battle left 90 Contras and seven Sandinistas dead according to the government. Most of the Contras fled back to Honduras. After the battle, the Nicaraguan troops moved into the strike zone to survey the damage. The soldiers' morale was high after their victory over the rebels and they were confident that the guerrillas would never be able to penetrate very far into Nicaraguan territory. Since the battle, the rebels have again crossed the border (May 7) and the Nicaraguan foreign ministry has made a successful call for a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting to hear its charges that the U.S. is supporting the rebels. In Washington, President Reagan said any action by Congress to halt U.S. support for those guerrillas would set a dangerous precedent by weakening his administration's ability to carry out its responsibilities.