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Nelson Mandela’s military training
In March of 1962 Mr Mandela received training from the Algerian National Liberation Front at bases of the latter across the border in Morocco.
In his famous speech from the dock during the Rivonia Trial in 1964, Mr Mandela said the following:
“In Africa I was promised support by such men … Ben Bella, now President of Algeria …It was Ben Bella who invited me to visit Oujda, the Headquarters of the Algerian Army of National Liberation, the visit which is described in my diary, one of the Exhibits.”
In his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, published in 1994, Mr Mandela says the following:
“… we spent several days with Dr Mustafa, head of the Algerian mission in Morocco … At the end of the three days, he sent us to Oujda, a dusty little town just across the border from Algeria …”
Nelson Mandela, second from left, with members of the National Liberation Front in Algeria, 1962
Nelson Mandela, second from left, with members of the National Liberation Front in Algeria, 1962. Mandela left the country for military training in Algeria and to arrange training for other MK members.
Extracts from Mr Mandela’s diary detail his training in Oujda and other locations in Morocco.