FAPLA - Forças Armadas Populares de Libertação de Angola was a Armed wing of MPLA (Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola) political party of later First president of Angola poet and revolutionary Agostino Neto. After Neto ascended to power and took control of the country FAPLA became official Angola military force. FAPLA faced many threats both internal opposition during fight for power in Angola (Portugal colonial forces, FANLA of Holden Roberto founded by Americans, and Chineese sponsored UNITA of Jonas Savimbi) and latter foreign intervention and guerrilla (UNITA who was later sponsored by USA and South Africa and direct South African intervention). MPLA base of influence includes the Ambundu ethnic group and the educated intelligentsia of the capital city, Luanda. The party had links to European and Soviet Communist parties and its struggle for power was financed and supported by Communist bloc. Its main partner was Cuba with more than 50 thousand Cuban soldiers and personnel in culminating stages of civil war in lat 80 ties.
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FAPLA was organized in soviet model. With three 10 man squads to a platoon. Each squad would have grenadier with RPG 2 or 7 and SAW gunner with RPD or RPK. So here comes my first Squad of FAPLA soldiers.
Pluton zorganizowany był na wzór sowiecki, z trzema 10 osobowymi drużynami w której zwykle znajdował się jeden lkm i jeden granatnik.
My light color is a somewhere in the middle between Portugal and Cuban version. But i struggled to replicate such pattern in 15mm miniatures. Models are OG African militia. Photos could be better - I still haven't mastered my new camera .. ;(
Jasny kolor munduru znajduje się gdzieś pomiędzy portugalskim a kubańskim więc może robić za oba zniekształcone afrykańskim słońcem. Figurki pochodzą od Old Glory. Zdjęcia nie są doskonałe, ale robię powolne postępy z nowym aparatem ..