OPERATION MUTUM – MILITARY BARRACKS

(Episode 11)

Just before we get into Mutum, near the crossroads leading to the West District, we came across a Brazilian Army convoy, made up of three troop transport trucks, preceded by a jeep which should lead, I assumed, any commanding officer . I assumed that should be moving from Juiz de Fora, where he was hosting the IV Infantry Division of the Fourth Region Army Military and the reason for being there, that troops would be none other than the same that had me traveling so much, from Belo Horizonte: the falling bombs.

As we had just made a quick stop during the entire trip, to refuel in Royalty, we arrived at my grandparents’ house shortly after sixteen hours, with the sun still high in the sky.

I was eager to get out walking around the city in search of information. But not before know, my grandfather, everyone in the city were apprehensive that no one knew exactly what had happened, who had, yes, heard the sound of a plane flying over Mutum by three times the previous day, was to be about seven o’clock in the evening and that some people saw that he dropped something on the city. But no one has identified what it was or where it had fallen.

Only later, when the news was announced on the radio and on TV were told that it was a military aircraft and bombs.

My grandmother, who was sitting on the porch of the entrance of the house, while my grandfather and I were talking in the room broke out to us, saying that soldiers filled trucks were arriving in the square. I explained that I had already seen on the road on arrival and we would go there to find out what had gone do in Mutum.

The Army troops passed through Benedito Valadares Square and went to the space in front of the Municipal Stadium, on the river’s edge, where they set up camp and were quartered. I went there and managed without too many difficulties, talk with Major Alfredo, who was in command of the troops.

I heard him the information that, for higher orders received from the Army Command in Brasilia, were there to maintain order and prepare the way for a military operation to be held, from that night.

He said nothing about the bomb and when I asked them, I simply turned his back without replying.

(To be continued next week)

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