Note: This is part of a series. Part one and part two can be read here.

It was time to finalise the plans. A number of options had been considered and rejected. It had become clear from day one that overland assault was out of the question. The West Side Boys, who had considerable combat experience, had blocked all approaches and had initiated regular foot patrols. A river assault was also considered and ruled out of the question. The SBS teams had already reported back on the strong and treacherous currents. It would be suicide.

So, it was going to be what we knew all along. Choppers.

In the end, the division of labor was simple enough. D Squadron would rescue the hostages from Gberi Bana while the Paras would take out Makbeni on the other side of the creek.