"On the 'Road of Death' between Menongue and Cuito-Cuanavale", original photo caption showing two Soviet military advisers in Angola, 1988. View attachment 427392
On the left is military translator Alexander Shishov, standing next to Davydovsky Anatoly Pavlovich, advisor to the head of the political department (political commissar), of the 13th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade (13 otdel'naya desantno shturmovaya brigade, 13 DShbr) of Magdagachi, during the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.
Taking place between August 14, 1987 and March 23, 1988, the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was the biggest battle to take place in Africa since World War II. The function of the Soviet advisers was to train and advise the Communist forces of the MPLA, from basic training, equipment use to planning operations. They are wearing the Cuban camouflage pattern, used by the 50,000 Cubans in Angola and by Angolan soldiers.
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