Battle of Cuito Cuanavale (1987-1988, Angola)
The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, fought between Cuban and Angolan forces against the South African army, was a key turning point in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The battle took place in southern Angola, near the border with Namibia, and lasted for over a year.
The combined forces of Angola and Cuba successfully repelled the South African army's advance, inflicting heavy losses and forcing them to retreat.
The battle marked a significant military setback for the South African apartheid regime, demonstrating that they could be defeated and inspiring renewed hope among liberation movements throughout Southern Africa.
The outcome of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale eventually led to the signing of the New York Accords in 1988, which paved the way for Namibian independence and the withdrawal of South African troops from Angola. This battle played a critical role in the eventual end of apartheid in South Africa and contributed to the liberation of other Southern African nations from colonial and apartheid rule.