Despite reports of major offensives against them by the Portuguese army, guerrilla fighters of the Mozambique Liberation Front -- Frelimo -- have maintained their policy of harassing the army in areas adjoining Tanzania and Zambia.
GV & CU Patrol wading across
TS Patrol through woodland.
LV Helicopter part patrolling.
SV Patrol across road ( 2 shots)
SV Patrol crossing clearing.
LV Patrol assembled in clearing.
TS Soldiers carrying anti-tank guns.
GV Rifles and weapons
CU Tins of INT.
GV Soldiers preparing anti-tank gun.
GV Soldiers move from cover to positions behind camouflaged guns.
GV Soldiers firing
GV Troops charging.
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Background: Despite reports of major offensives against them by the Portuguese army, guerrilla fighters of the Mozambique Liberation Front -- Frelimo -- have maintained their policy of harassing the army in areas adjoining Tanzania and Zambia. The guerrilla organisation has been fighting the Portuguese army in Mozambique for the past six years. Recently, the army has adopted an offensive role, making large scale sweeps through suspected guerrilla positions in jungle areas.
Frelimo claims to have 18-thousand active followers -- a guerrilla army of 8,000 men and people's militia of 10,000. The guerrillas operate from bases in Tanzania and Zambia, entering Mozambique at remote crossing points. The role of the guerrillas is to capture new areas, while the task of the people's militia is to maintain security in so-called `liberated' areas.
The guerrillas are well equipped with Soviet made weapons. They also claim to have captured a quantity of Portuguese arms.
The Portuguese authorities in Mozambique have recently claimed top level defections from Frelimo, the latest Manuel Katur, the chief of a tribal clan in northern Mozambique. The Portuguese authorities hope that Katur's desertion will lead to other defections.