Provincial organization of volunteers and civil defence
In the Portuguese Overseas, the OPVDC were the correspondent of the Portuguese Legion
in the European Portugal.
Provincial Organization of Volunteers of Civil Defence of Angola (OPVDCA) - mainly urban militia, consisting mainly of white settlers.
The OPVDCA was formed by officers of the asset or the reserve of the Armed Forces, but was dependent on the Civil Administration, and its maximum in the Governor-General
of the province. The function of OPVDCA was essentially in defence of people, lines of communications and sensitive installations.
Members of OPVDCA volunteers were civilians who had their professions, serving in the organization part-time. Initially the OPVDCA was constituted only by white settlers, but later it became increasingly multi-racial. At its peak the OPVDCA reached more than 40,000 staff.
Organização Provincial de Voluntários de Defesa Civil de Moçambique (OPVDCM) - (Provincial Organization of Volunteers of Civil Defence of Mozambique) (OPVDCM)
- ABBOT, Peter, RODRIGUES, Manuel, VOLSTAD, Ronald, Modern African Wars (2) - Angola and Mozambique 1961-74, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 1988
- RODRIGUES, Manuel A. Ribeiro, SANTOS, Carlos Alberto, Campanhas Ultramarinas 1961-1974 - Exército (1), Lisbon: Destarte, 2000
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