Angola: A Modern Military History, 1961-2002 by S. Weigert

By S. Weigert

This research is the 1st complete overview of war in Angola to hide all 3 stages of the nation’s sleek historical past: the anti-colonial fight, the chilly struggle section, and the post-Cold conflict period. it's also the 1st to hide, intimately, the ultimate section of war in Angola, 1998-2002, culminating in Jonas Savimbi’s loss of life and the signing of the Luena Accord. writer Stephen L.Weigert bargains a arguable account of the method of guerrilla struggle hired by way of the Unita insurgency in addition to an overview of the position and importance of management in insurgency. He demanding situations the normal view of Jonas Savimbi as a “student of Mao Zedong” and demonstrates that his technique of guerrilla struggle represented a extra advanced and nuanced version of extra affects, particularly Colonel George Grivas of the Nineteen Fifties Cyprus insurgency. in addition, this account additionally urges the reader to think about Savimbi’s “charisma” as a personality trait which blinded and distracted many from a extra sober overview of his political dispositions (reformer or progressive) and his talents as an army commander.

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Forces opposing it have caused it serious setbacks, at the same time they have tempered the . . ”10 Upon his return to Angola in 1966, Jonas Savimbi could also have usefully echoed Mao’s characterization of China as “a vast country with great resources . . a country in which the terrain is complicated and the facilities for communication are poor. ”11 Like their Chinese mentors, Angolan insurgents operated in a large country whose boundaries contained an area of some 1,246,700 square kilometers, 34 Angola a territory with the combined size of Belgium, France, and Spain.

Kasavubu acquired the support of Western powers and the United Nations for a peacekeeping force. Kasavubu gained the upper hand after several months and Lumumba was subsequently placed under house arrest. Vice Prime Minister Gizenga fled to Stanleyville in eastern Congo to establish a pro-Lumumba opposition government. Lumumba was later murdered after attempting to escape from Leopoldville and join his supporters in the east. 8 Pierre Mulele had sided with Premier Lumumba against President Kasavubu in the initial postindependence crises.

One month after the February 1961 Luanda uprising, UPA planned a series of strikes by contract workers on coffee plantations in northwestern Angola. Emphasizing tactics reminiscent of those employed in Maria’s War, workers 24 Angola were expected to limit their activity to the destruction of crops, buildings and bridges; and they were to refrain from attacks on personnel. This plan was quickly abandoned, perhaps intentionally, but possibly due to the provocation of plantation owners who shot at striking workers.

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