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  • January 07, 1984

    Fidel Castro to José Eduardo dos Santos

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • January 08, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and Petr Demichev

    Petr Demichev was a nonvoting member of the Soviet Politburo.

  • January 10, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Abelardo Colomé and Dmitri Ustinov

    Cuban general Abelardo Colomé followed Angolan affairs closely; Marshal Dmitri Ustinov was the Soviet minister of defense.

  • January 25, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Valentin Varennikov

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; General Valentin Varennikov was the third highest ranking officer of the Soviet Army.

  • February 08, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Abelardo Colomé, Ulises Rosales and Konstantin Kurochkin

    Cuban general Abelardo Colomé followed Angolan affairs closely; General Ulises Rosales was Cuba’s first deputy defense minister; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.

  • March 06, 1984

    Message of R.F. Botha to the Governments of the United States, Angola, and Zambia

    Message from R. F. "Pik" Botha declaring that, despite SWAPO incursions into Namibia, South African forces have not retaliated, in order to give the maximum amount of time for Angola to make good on its promise to withdraw its forces. South Africa will, however, maintain a military presence in Namibia while he threat is still there.

  • March 21, 1984

    Letter from C.A. Crocker to R.F. Botha

    Chester Crocker writes to R. F. "Pik" Botha about the importance of not responding to the recent Cuban/Angolan communique. Crocker warns against giving the Cubans an excuse to keep their troops stationed in Namibia, and points out that it is likely a distraction for concessions the Cubans and Angolans are about to make to South Africa and the United States.

  • March 29, 1984

    Memorandum of Telephone Conversation between Víctor Schueg and Elio Avila Trujillo

    General Víctor Schueg of the Ministry of Defense in Havana and General Elio Avila Trujillo of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola discuss the 25 March battle of Sumbe in Angola.

  • April, 1984

    Defense Intelligence Agency Report, 'Soviet Military and Other Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa'

    An overview of Soviet political, economic and military involvement in Africa. The document asserts that although Moscow continues its policy of taking an active and aggressive role in the affairs of Sub-Saharan Africa, much of the momentum it initially possessed has been lost. Moscow now finds itself holding onto the influence it maintains most notably in Mozambique, Angola and Ethiopia.

  • May 05, 1984

    Telegram to D. Steward From Auret

    Description of a meeting between Angolan and South African delegations, the former being led by Venancio De Moura. Details discussion of troop withdrawal from Namibia, focusing on an "outburst" by De Moura.

  • June 06, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet, Polo Cintra Frías and Konstantin Kurochkin, 'Versión de la conversación sostenida en el Estado Mayor de la Misión Militar Cubana en Angola, efectuada a las 1600 horas del día 6 de junio de 1984'

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.

  • June 18, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet, Konstantin Kurochkin and José Eduardo dos Santos, 'Versión de la conversación efectuada en Futungo de Velas el día 18 de junio de 1984'

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • July 09, 1984

    Cuban Ministry of Armed Forces, Special Operations Section, Postmortem on the Battle of Sumbe, 'Análisis de las acciones combativas en Zumbe'

    Postmortem by the Cuban defense ministry on the battle of Sumbe.

  • August, 1984

    Cuban Talking Points for Conversation with General Varennikov, 'Consideraciones a los aspectos planteados por el general de ejército Varennikov, durante su visita a la RPA, agosto de 1984'

    General Valentin Varennikov was the third highest ranking officer of the Soviet Army.

  • August 12, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Polo Cintra Frías and Valentin Varennikov

    General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Valentin Varennikov was the third highest ranking officer of the Soviet Army.

  • September 12, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Konstantin Kurochkin and Elio Avila

    General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; General Elio Avila was a senior member of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola.

  • September 12, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Pedro Maria Tonha, Konstantin Kurochkin and Polo Cintra Frías, 'Versión de la conversación sostenida en el Ministerio de Defensa de la RPA el 12 de septiembre de 1984'

    Pedro Maria Tonha "Pedalé" was the defense minister of Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola

  • September 29, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between José Eduardo dos Santos, Konstantin Kurochkin, and Polo Cintra Frías, 'Versión de la conversación sostenida en Futungo de Velas el 29 de septiembre de 1984'

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola.

  • September 29, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Konstantin Kurochkin and Polo Cintra Frías, 'Versión de la conversación sostenida con el coronel general Konstantin, iniciada esta en el automovil cuando salíamos de la entrevista con el presidente'

    General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola. Conversation held in the car after leaving a meeting with Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos.

  • October 07, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Konstantin Kurochkin and Polo Cintra Frías, 'Versión de la conversación en el estado mayor de la Misión Militar Cubana en Angola, el 7 de octubre de 1984, a las 11 horas'

    General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.