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Military History~Rhodesia / Zimbabwe~~~316~4597~Military History (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe)%3CBR%3E%3CBR%3EBooks covering the Rhodesian bush war - a low intensity terrorist guerrila conflict. Also on the elite Rhodesian special forces, the Rhodesian Special Air Service SAS Paratroopers, Rhodesia%27s elite parachute battalion, and the elite Selous Scouts psuedo-terrorists special forces unit. Rhodesian Light Infantry RLI famous for quick reaction Fireforce operations, British South Africa Police, COIN BSAP ZANLA ZIPRA PATU CIO, Rhodesian Central Intelligence Organisation, rhodesian helicopter pilots, insurgency counterinsurgency, guerrilla warfare counter-guerrilla warfare tactics. Colonization & independence, terrorism, freedom fighters, armed struggle . Popular titles include%3A LRDG Rhodesia%3A Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group - J Pittaway & C Fourie, SAS Rhodesia%3A Rhodesians and the Special Air Service - J Pittaway & C Fourie, See You in November - The Story of an SAS Assassin - Peter Stiff , The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - Barbara Cole, Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, Dead Leaves%3A Two Years in the Rhodesian War - Dan Wylie, anti police rhodesian terorriorist unit, 1 commando infantry light rhodesian, militaria rhodesian,~
303 British South African Police: A Young Woman's Call Sign during the Rhodesian War - Mimi Cawood~So far, there has been no book that has been written by someone who was involved with one of the most important and vital key roles during the Rhodesian Bush War and that is the world of signals. Radio communications is an essential service especially in the army, airforce, and police and also where there are large areas without telephones, particularly the remote farming areas. The author served in the BSAP and was based in Beitbridge, on the south east border with South Africa. Mocambique is only 150km away and the region was a hotbed of terror and anti-terror activity. There, she liaised mainly with the quick reaction Fire Force based in the area comprising of RAF 7 Squadron (Alouettes) and the army's 1 Indep Company. Her call-sign was '303' and many in the area knew her as the 'Voice' or '303'. She took advantage of the fact she was female and would constantly be cheeky with the menfolk whilst being really strict and that kept everyone on their toes. There are many stories that will bring back memories - stories that will make you laugh, smile and bring tears to the eye. She was once overwelmed when a survivor who lost both his legs from a RPG7 incident was driven to Beitbridge to thank her for saving his life, a very emotional experience - she had intercepted a Mayday call several months earlier just by chance (her normal channel to Bulawayo was not working and so switched over to the Fort Victoria channel), an act which saved the victims' life.
Mimi is keen to hear from anyone who recalls call-sign '303' and have stories to contribute.

Planned print date: TBA
ITEM CODE: 303BSAP~~~316~13477~~
A Hole in our Lives Forever - David Freemantle~This book is a collection of true stories revolving around a group of Rhodesian National servicemen from Intake 147 and about our experiences in the army. It is also about a journey of self discovery and reconnecting with old comrades. The original intention was to preserve the stories of my life in Rhodesia for my children but has developed into a means of helping to heal the mental scaring that the traumas of war have inflicted on us and to understand the impact posttraumatic stress disorder has on us and our wives and families.
August 2011. Softcover, 364 pages, B/W photos~~A Hole in our Lives Forever|978-1465300065|~316~13850~~
A Pride of Eagles - The definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920-80 - Beryl Salt, assisted by Group Captain Bill Sykes and Wing Commander Peter Cooke~From the arrival of the Silver Queen in 1920, through the "Rhodesia Squadrons" of World War 2, to the cessation of hostilities after the Rhodesian bush war in 1980, the author has spent over 30 years compiling this comprehensive account of this small, but professional and effective air force. Officially endorsed by the Air Force Associations of Zimbabwe, this book will be prized by lovers of Africana and aviation buffs worldwide.
NOTE - this is a huge & heavy book!
ISBN 0 620 23759 7. Hardcover, Size - 297x210mm, 1002 pages (68mm thick!), over 600 photographs, plus diagrams and maps.

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African Combat: Rhodesian Security Forces Anti-Terrorist Operations Counter Insurgency Manuals~Reproduced and reformatted into book format - copies of 3 of the original 'Restricted' training manuals that was published by the Rhodesian Army during the bush war - Rhodesian Security Forces COIN Manual Part 2 - ATOPS (Anti Terrorist Operations), 'C' Sqn SAS Combat Manual, Selous Scouts Training Troop plus an additional manual as used by mercenaries who operated in various conflict zones in Africa. The ATOPS manual is the same document that was used by the Rhodesian elite forces and the Selous Scouts. Most of the tactics and techniques within this ATOPS manual were developed and employed during the long and bitter counter-insurgency conflict. Many of the combat proven techniques within this manual still apply today in a counter-insurgency environment. It should be noted that after the Rhodesian bush war, many of the highly experienced combat veterans went to serve with the south african forces in Angola and many of the COIN lessons were passed on and utilized by the various SA forces, especially the South African Recces.
Rhodesian Security Forces COIN MANUAL. 14 Chapters
Selous Scouts Training Troop - Training Wing - Manual. 2 Chapters
C (Rhodesian) Squadron 22 Special Air Service Regiment COMBAT MANUAL. 7 Chapters
African Merc Combat Manual. 13 Chapters

Softback, 455 pages, approx A4 size. (Heavy book 1.3kg).

Very few copies left.~Photos of selected pages in the book.



Rhodesian Security Forces COIN MANUAL
Preface
- Anti terrorist operations (ATOPS) are fought on a wide front. The army forces,various government departments and the civilian population all have a role to play. In implementing the anti-terrorist action contained herein, members of the army forces must appreciate the vital need for cooperation and the under-standing of each other's characteristics and capabilities.ATOPS warfare probably places a greater burden of responsibility on the individual than does any other form of conflict. It connotes small groups and light scales. Catch-words are thorough training, self-discipline,skill at arms,initiative,guile,endurance and above all, the will to win.

Chapters 1-14
General Elements.
Command and Control.
Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence.
Employment of Forces.
Types of Operations.
Foot Patrols.
Tracking.
Follow -Up Operations.
Attacks on Terrorist Camps.
Sweeps.
Defence/Protection of Sensitive points.
Movement Security.
Mines and Booby Traps.


Selous Scouts Training Troop - Training Wing - Manual
Basic Tracking
Follow Up Operations


C (Rhodesian) Squadron 22 Special Air Service Regiment COMBAT MANUAL
Standard Security Terminology and Abbreviations
Communications
Rural Operations
The Ambusing of Insurgents
Movement by Road
Land / Air Operations
First Aid


African Merc Combat Manual
Commando Rules for Battle
Commando External Raids
Profile of the Terrorist aim
Principles of Coin Warfare
Commando Base Fighting Positions
Oberservation Methods
Pseudo Terrorist Gangs
Tracking and Countertracking
Basic Ground/Air Emergency Signals
Medical Aid
Employment Possibilities
International Law and the Mercenary
African Travel Guide.
Appendix


Reprinted manuals formated into book format - a must for those in those in the COIN security forces and those with interest in Rhodesia, Southern Africa. 455 page large format book.

Softback, 455 pages, approx A4 size. (Heavy book 1.3kg).


NOTE: The publisher has inserted 2 pages of modern day adverts - nothing to do with the manuals themselves, without 'clearance' with us. The cheaper manual is the one that has the commericial adverts covered up with large label sheets.~Select version||African Combat (without adverts)|9699|African Combat (with adverts)|9927|~316~13073~Anti-Terrorist Operations Counter Insurgency Manuals, COIN anti terror techniques,~
Assignment Selous Scouts: Inside Story of a Rhodesian Special Branch Officer - Jim Parker~In 1968 Jim Parker attested in the British South Africa Police as a patrol officer, leaving five years later with the rank of section officer to pursue a career as a sugar farmer in Rhodesia 's Lowveld. When the bush war on the eastern border heated up in 1976 he was already a Police A Reserve section officer. His intimate local knowledge of the Chiredzi area led top him providing an invaluable contribution by assisting with the initial military deployments, this resulted in him being invited to join the exclusive Special Branch unit attached to the Selous Scouts.
While serving with them he was involved in the hunt for ZANLA guerrillas, the operational directing, briefing and debriefing of both Selous Scouts and Special branch pseudo guerrilla teams as well as biological and chemical warfare. It is a story of war, small fighting actions, major raids into enemy territory and of strikes and counterstrikes. (NB - see 'Notes' in Detailed section).
1st Edition. ISBN 1919854142, April 2006. Softback. 360 pages.
Book status: Out of Stock / Out of Print

NOTE: 01/06/11 - It now appears that the planned reprint may not be printed - instead the book may be reproduced as an ebook instead. Further details to follow.
ITEM CODE: ASS~Galago, April 2006
360pp; size 242 X 168mm
32pp pages black and white and colour pics
10 maps and diagrams, in-text illustrations
ISBN 1-919854-14-2, softback




NOTES - This book is said to be written by a former member of Special Branch Selous Scouts. The book also outlines his thoughts on operations that he was involved with and also describes operations that he says the Selous Scouts were involved with. While some well known, previously published facts are present, it has also been said that there are some extraordinary claims as to what the Selous Scouts did during the war.

It has been said by some former members of the Selous Scouts that the author Jim Parker, was NOT an attested member of the Rhodesian Special Branch and he was NOT a member of the Selous Scouts Special Branch. Rather that he was in fact a Police Reservist. The Selous Scouts Association, Mac McGuinness (Officer Commanding the Selous Scouts Special Branch) and Lt Col Ron Reid Daly (Commanding Officer the Selous Scouts Regiment) have all distanced themselves from this book. The Selous Scouts Association has described the major claims in the book as 'total fiction'.

Peter Stiff, the publisher of the book, has stated that the above claims are not true and that the author, Jim Parker, was a Reserve Detective Section Officer with SB Selous Scouts at Operation Repulse virtually full time as an A Reservist during the last years of the war.




The Book
Assignment Selous Scouts is a compelling read that fully illuminates the day-to-day horrors of the bloody and brutal terror war that was fought in the former Rhodesia against Marxists guerrillas. ZANLA targeted white civilians, particularly farmers, to drive them from the land as well as tribal blacks to bring them onside using a strategy of murder, torture, rape, arson and other horrible acts of terror. They laid landmines indiscriminately on public roads. By the war's end there had been 21 782 recorded terrorist incidents in the country (7 996 in Hurricane, 5 398 in Thrasher, 5 676 in Repulse and 2 712 in Grapple and Tangent between them). There were 1 276 landmine detonations that caused 7 283 casualties.

Although involved in the conflict earlier while a regular policeman, the author stepped back into the Rhodesian Bush War in mid 1977 when as a farmer and a Police A Reservist he was appointed as a Special Branch liaison officer with the Selous Scouts at their Chiredzi Fort in the Lowveld. Much of what he has written in this book has come from his personal knowledge and experience. What Jim Parker didn't know then was that on 20 July 1977 the Security Force chiefs at Combined Operations had told Prime Minister Ian Smith that the war couldn't be won 'by purely military means' and that it was vital he arrived at an early political settlement before the point of no return was reached. The advice wasn't taken, the point of no return was reached, and the no-win-war dragged on for another 2½ years at the cost of countless lives.It had become apparent early in the war that the Security Forces couldn't make contact with the guerrillas using conventional counter-insurgency methods, because the enemy's tactic was to merge with and hide among the local tribal population. This had resulted in the formation of the Selous Scouts Regiment with the role of infiltrating pseudo guerrillas into enemy groups and bringing them to contact. The unit comprised two arms - an army unit under Major Ron Reid Daly whose operators were responsible for the pseudo groups operational deployment and Special Branch liaison officers under Superintendent Mac McGuinness, who gathered the intelligence and 'turned' captured guerrillas and got them to fight for the government. Each was a vital component of the whole scheme and neither could have successfully operated without the other. By the war's end it was estimated that the Selous Scouts had accounted for 68% of all guerrillas killed or captured during the war.

This is a story of pseudo warfare - the outwitting of an enemy by means that reminds one of the Trojan Horse - and of major armed column raids into surrounding black-ruled states. It is also tells the full unvarnished story for the first time of how the increasingly desperate Rhodesians faced with the impossible task of defending their 1 000 plus kilometre long eastern border with Mozambique looked around in desperation for a force multiplier to combat guerrilla infiltrations. Cholera was introduced into the Gaza Province of Mozambique in the hope of debilitating infiltrating guerrillas. It worked, but it also infected the local population and later spread into Rhodesia. Anthrax was introduced to kill cattle to reduce the food supply available. That also worked but it boomeranged back into Rhodesia and caused a large number of deaths in the tribal areas. Seizing the opportunity Special Branch and the Selous Scouts infiltrated ZANLA's logistical supply chains with canned food, medicines and other supplies contaminated with poisons. Clothing was impregnated with toxins that invaded the body through hair follicles. Thousands of guerrillas died.

In late 1979 all parties to the conflict - Bishop Muzorewa and the by then Zimbabwe-Rhodesia government - under the watchful eye of Ian Smith and his colleagues - Joshua Nkomo and his ZAPU-PF and Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF were elbowed to the negotiating table at Lancaster House in London by the British, where it was eventually agreed that fully inclusive free and fair elections would take place in April 1980 under the supervision of a British governor. The security chiefs regarded Mugabe as a terrorist and were determined he wouldn't live to see the elections. A CIO bomb plot to kill him in London during the Lancaster House talks reached trigger stage, but it was called off. It was then planned to detonate a car bomb at Maputo Airport on 27 January 1980 just before he caught a plane to Salisbury. Fortuitously for him he used a different airport entrance and survived. A back-up plan to kill him with command-detonated landmines buried in the road after he left Salisbury Airport had already been cancelled. At least another eight attempts on Mugabe's life either failed or were aborted.

During the election run-up two things were apparent. Robert Mugabe had no intention of playing by the rules and he ordered his hard-core guerrillas to remain outside the assembly points to brutally intimidate the black populace into voting for ZANU-PF. Comops expressed confidence that a coalition of Nkomo, Muzorewa and smaller parties would win. But Comops had its own secret agenda. With the connivance of South Africa and the tacit approval of British MI6 - who had been fighting the Cold War since 1946 and had no liking for Marxists like Mugabe - they intended to manipulate the election by 'stuffing' the ballot boxes

They fully expected that Mugabe would return to war when it was announced he had lost. Operation Quartz was created to deal with this. The Rhodesian and South African Air Forces would bomb the assembly points where ZANLA's forces were congregated. Rhodesian ground forces reinforced by South African Special Forces and paratroopers would mop up. With his guerrilla forces scattered or dead, it would be impossible for Mugabe to do anything to prevent Nkomo's armoured and motorised infantry formations from moving into Rhodesia to support the coalition government. But in the end CIO chief Ken Flower got cold feet and called off the ballot box stuffing. The rest is history.

Within a week of the election that brought Mugabe to power the vast majority of the Security Forces had been demobilised and sent home. The remaining regulars were confined to barracks. The danger of a coup from the Security Forces had been reduced to nil.

Then South Africa kicked in with its own agenda. The powerful Battle Group Charlie comprising motorised infantry, armoured cars and artillery was mustered and moved quietly moved in small batches to the border at Messina. The State Security Council declared Messina an 'operational area' to give the SADF 'more room to manouevre'. Meanwhile, SA Special Forces intended to place a series of powerful roadside bombs in the shape of electricity sub-stations and traffic light control boxes on a pavement past which a motorcade would travel when en route from Government House to a reception at Meikles Hotel on 17 April, Zimbabwe's inauguration day. Prince Charles, Robert Mugabe, President elect Caanan Banana, Governor Lord Soames, British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington and others would be in that motorcade.

It was expected that the command-detonated devices would kill most dignitaries, including Robert Mugabe and Prince Charles. Meanwhile, many thousands of blacks would be packed into Rufaro Stadium where they would be eagerly waiting to witness the inauguration and the handover of their country to black rule It was a powder keg situation. When news of the outrage broke it was expected that the reaction would be for them to blame the whites. It was believed the response would be for them to stream from the stadium and head for the white suburbs, where more killings, looting, rapes and arson with whites as the victims would take place than had been seen in Africa since the Belgium Congo achieved its independence in 1960.

The little left of the Rhodesian Security Forces would be incapable of stepping in to restore order and nor would the skeletal British Monitoring Force be capable of interfering. The blasts, however, would have been the signal for Battle Group Charlie to cross the border and head for Salisbury to 'restore order'. In the circumstances it was unlikely that anyone would have raised objections - certainly not the British who had lost a member of the royal family and witnessed the most awful atrocities committed by Mugabe's supporters against people who, in the main, held joint British and Rhodesian citizenship, or were of British descent. Besides events would have moved too quickly.

For the same reasons no one would be likely to interfere when the South Africans called on Joshua Nkomo and Bishop Muzorewa and other smaller parties to form a 'temporary' government of national unity. This would be followed by Nkomo's ZIPRA regulars moving from Zambia into the country which would spell the end to ZANU-PF's political ambitions. Mozambique had let it be known during the Lancaster House conference that it would no longer host guerrilla forces. That would have achieved exactly what the Rhodesians had wanted, but not at the price of the slaughter of probably thousands of white civilians. But fortunately the plot was discovered several days before it was due to take place and reported to Danny Stannard of the CIO. The plot was foiled and the plotters fled the country, but it was not revealed to the press until some months later. Nor were the targets accurately identified and with the disappearance of white Rhodesian rule the world press was no longer interested in Zimbabwe, nor in putting two plus two together.

Ten years later President Mugabe, without prior fanfare, presented Danny Stannard, with the Gold Cross, Zimbabwe's highest award for valour. The cryptic citation said that on 16 April 1980 he had 'foiled an assassination attempt by South African agents' directed against Mugabe and international heads of state who were in Harare for the inauguration on 18 April.

1st Edition. ISBN 1919854142, April 2006. Softback. 360 pages.
Book status: Out of Stock / Out of Print

NOTE: 01/06/11 - It now appears that the reprint may not be printed - instead the book may be reproduced as an ebook instead. Further details to follow.

ITEM CODE: ASS~Assignment Selous Scouts|ISBN 1919854142|~316~11180~British South Africa Police, rhodesia bush war, ZANLA guerrilla terrorist, Selous Scouts Special branch pseudo guerrilla teams biological and chemical warfare~
Badges and Insignia of the Rhodesian Security Forces 1890-1980 - AJ Aniel~A basic reference guide to the badges worn by service and auxillary arms in Rhodesia prior to the country's demise. The 400 plus drawings (no photos) are meant to show the evolution of various insignia and record some little known facts about each unit.
ISBN 0 620107 44 8. - Published 1987, 111 pages, Black/white illustrations.

NOTE - not to be confused with a similiar title Insignia and History of the Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890-1980 - Dudley Wall and The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa - Colin Owen. Both of these books were published after Arniel's book and are more up-to-date / informative including photos, Colin Owen's is out-of-print and few new copies remain (listed below), Dudley Wall's has just been reprinted. (listed below).~~Badges and Insignia|ISBN 0620107448|~316~1476~Badges and Insignia of the Rhodesian Security Forces 1890-1980 - AJ Aniel~
Be a Man Among Men - Rhodesian Army Recruitment Poster~This is a reproduction of the original poster made 'famous' when the 'Soldier of Fortune' magazine sold copies in the 1970's and 1980's. These posters have been printed with top quality inks on 280 micron photo-matt heavyweight paper - this is not the cheap poor quality colour & thin paper productions. A great piece of memorabilia at an affordable price.
Size 400mm x 575mm - A2 size.~~Be a Man Among Men|10054|~316~13583~~
Blue and Old Gold: The History of the British South Africa Police 1889–1980 - Peter Gibbs with Hugh Phillips and Nick Russell, Illustrated by Richard Hamley~The BSAP held the honour of occupying the Right of the Line - one of the finest police forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth. In 1889 Cecil Rhodes was granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria to settle Mashonaland, in what was to become Southern Rhodesia. So was formed the British South Africa Company; its regiment of troopers raised to protect the occupying Pioneer Column dubbed the British South Africa Police, the BSAP. From the 1893 Matabele War, the 1896 Mashona Rebellion and the Jameson Raid, the Anglo-Boer War, through both world wars and finally to the Rhodesian bush war of the 1960s and '70s, troopers and officers of this fine regiment of policemen, both black and white, were proudly to the fore, in civilian and military roles … until the disbandment of the Force in 1980. Incorporating the first two volumes by Peter Gibb : The First Line of Defence 1889-1903 and The Right of The Line 1903-1939 (both now Out of Print / scarce); and Volume III: The End of The Line 1939-1980, by Hugh Phillips. Also with dozens of anecdotal contributions and accounts from ex-members, updated and comprehensive nominal rolls and roll of honour.
ISBN 978-1920143-35-0. November 2009, Hardback. 640 pages 260 x 215 / 8½ x 10¼ 750 colour & b/w photos, plates, maps.
This is a heavy book (2kg), hence higher postage.~Incorporating Volume I: The First Line of Defence 1889-1903, by Peter Gibbs; Volume II: The Right of The Line 1903-1939, by Peter Gibbs; and Volume III: The End of The Line 1939-1980, by Hugh Phillips. Also with dozens of anecdotal contributions and accounts from ex-members, updated and comprehensive nominal rolls and roll of honour and Dick Hamley's beautiful colour plates. Over 750 photographs-many of them previously unpublished. This never-to-be-repeated 'coffee-table' record of the history of a country is a must for former BSAP members, their children and descendants, and anyone with an interest in the unfolding developments in the country now known as Zimbabwe.

The Authors

Peter Gibbs was born in London in 1903, educated at Aldenham, and lived in Bulawayo since 1936. A number of his books have been published in London and New York. He served in the BSA Police Reserve for 21 years, retiring with the rank of reserve superintendent. He was awarded the MBE in 1964.

Hugh Phillips was born in the UK and immigrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1951 to join the BSAP. He attained the rank of assistant commissioner prior to his retirement after nearly 30 years' service. Prior to returning to the UK in 2002, he was involved, without success, in liaison activities between the Commercial Farmers Union and Zimbabwean government in efforts to bring a more pragmatic outlook and policy towards the white farm invasions. Hugh wrote Part 3 of this history, covering the period from 1939 to 1980.

Nick Russell joined the BSAP as a cadet in 1975 and served at Sinoia and Kariba before attending Morris Depot where he formed part of the mounted squad for the opening of parliament. After graduation he was posted to uniform-branch duties at Mount Darwin and substations in the district. He transferred to Special Branch and spent two years, mostly in the Mt Darwin area, until the cessation of hostilities. He now lives in Australia.~Blue and Old Gold|ISBN 9781920143350|Blue and Old Gold|X ISBN 9781920143350|~316~12672~~
Bound for Africa: Cold War Fight along the Zambezi - Douglass H. Hubbard, Jr~This is the story of the author's introduction to Africa at a time when much of the continent was in the grips of Cold War skirmishes between the free world and the communist forces of China and the Soviet Union. Frayed from three years of service during the Vietnam War, Hubbard traveled to Africa intending to become a rural policeman in a quiet area of what was then Rhodesia. The counterinsurgency war flared soon after, a conflict that bore many of the same characteristics of the country he had just left. Hubbard describes his assimilation into the police force and into Rhodesian society, and he recounts the challenges and satisfaction of leading and training young Africans. This is a very personal story of the frustrations he faced and of the attitudes and spirit of the nation's racially mixed security force.
ISBN-13: 978-1591143949. Nov 2008. Hardcover 304 pages, 32 photos, 33 illustrations.~In Douglass Hubbard's first book, Special Agent, Vietnam, he recounted the story of the highly dedicated professionals who volunteered to serve as officers, enlisted men, and civilian special agents of the Office of Naval Intelligence in Vietnam. Drawing on the experience of three tours of duty as one of two dozen civilian agents working for the organization that eventually became NCIS, he provided a compelling firsthand account of the clandestine and often dangerous world of counterespionage and crime in war-torn Vietnam.

In Bound for Africa, Hubbard pre-sents the next chapter of his career as a policeman conducting criminal investigations while fighting against another communist counterinsurgency. Physically drained by his three years as a criminal investigator during the Vietnam War, he traveled to Africa hoping to find a more peaceful life as a rural policeman in a quiet area of that country. However, when a counterinsurgency war flared soon after he arrived in Rhodesia, he found himself enmeshed in another Cold War conflict that bore many of the same characteristics of the war he had just left.

Bound for Africa is a very personal story that describes the frustrations of working and living in the shadows of a political settlement seemingly just beyond reach and of the attitudes and spirit of the nation's racially mixed security forces. He recounts the challenges and satisfactions of leading and training young Africans in police work and in fighting a counterinsurgency. Hubbard also provides a compelling insider's view of how the counterinsurgency was fought in the early days of the Cold War in Rhodesia, when much of the continent was gripped by political upheaval.

Hubbard's story will appeal to those with an interest in military history, intelligence, counterintelligence, and criminal investigation, as well as to those interested in a lesser-known chapter of a tragically unsuccessful war in the African country now known as Zimbabwe.


"A fascinating history of the activi­ties of the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) in Vietnam from 1962 to the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Special Agent, Vietnam should appeal to a broad readership, military historians, students of counterintelligence and criminal investigation, and Vietnam veterans."
- STUDIES IN INTELLIGENCE

" 'Bound for Africa' is a particularly timely book about an important continent which the United States has, until recently, largely ignored. An almost Kipling-esque tale of an American serving in a counterinsurgency role at the end of white rule in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and the beginnings of the murderous misgovernment of Robert Mugabe, ...... and lessons which are directly applicable to today's Global War on Terrorism."
- Rear Admiral T. A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Director of Naval Intelligence.



Douglass H. Hubbard Jr. is a con­sultant who has spent more than three decades working with the disadvantaged in Asia and in Africa. He is also the author of Special Agent, Vietnam, a memoir of his years in counter­intelligence for the NIS in Vietnam (today known as NCIS).~Bound for Africa|ISBN-13 9781591143949|~316~12387~BSAP~
BSAP Book Series - BSAP Association~A series of softback books have been complied and edited by members of the BSAP Association, and these books form the BSAP Book Series to help raise funds for the Association. The stories contained in these books, gleaned from many sources particularly the Outpost Magazine, are considered collectors' items. The BSAP Book Series have only been available to BSAP members however it was recently decided that since there is a great interest in the BSAP history worldwide, that these titles be made available to the general public. To identify the series, the covers are all tastefully bound in the Force Colours of Blue and Old Gold with the Force Crest embossed thereon. At least 10 volumes will be available with more to come, all reasonably priced between £7.50 and £14.00 each excl P&P.

Planned dispatch date : TBA (+/- May / June - subject to interest/demand)
ITEM CODE: BSAP-SET~~~316~13637~~
Britain's Rebel Air Force: The War from the Air in Rhodesia, 1965-80 - Nesbit, Cowderoy~Updated/revised version of the 'War in the Air: Rhodesian Air Force 1935-1980' written by the same authors. (see book listed below on this page)
The Rhodesian declaration of independence in 1965 heralded a rebellion by people of mainly British stock against their mother country. One of the main instruments which sustained this rebellion for 14 years was the Royal Rhodesian Air Force. Many of those who served in this force had strong affiliations with the RAF and were trained in its methods and aircraft. This account of the war has been compiled using the first-hand personal experiences of many pilots and crew. Appendices include matters such as Chiefs of Air Staff, air bases, rank structure, honours and awards, and lists of aircrafts and losses, as well as details of how Royal Navy warships and Royal Air Force units carried out patrols in attempts to enforce sanctions. Maps and photographs are included which illustrate specialized aircraft involved, such as twin-fuselage Lynx.
ISBN 1902304055. Grub Street Publishing 1998. Hardcover, 288 pages, b/w photos, maps, illustrations.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code BRAF in 4th box).
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Canberra: In Southern African Service - M Hamence & W Brent~The authors have combined their efforts and brought out a tribute to the Canberra in southern africa service. The Canberra served with distinction in the Rhodesian Air Force and is recorded by Michael Hamence, who had served on that aircraft for several years. Winston Brent records its SAAF service, including its operational service over SWA/Namibia and Angola. He lifts the lid on the South African "Nuclear Era" and speculates which aircraft would have carried the "A-bomb". He records the Canberra in an Electronic Warfare role and includes an aerial photograph of the Soviet "spy ship" Kapushka, when it passed around the southern tip of Africa in 1989.
IBSN 0 958 38804 0. 2001. Size - 297x210mm, 96 pages, 26 colour & 65 b/w photographs.

Book status: Out of Print / Out of Stock~~Canberra|IBSN 0958388040|~316~12151~canberra~
Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins~The personal experiences and exploits of Monster Wilkins, who was regarded as the SAAF’s top helicopter pilot, with over 6,000 hours, of which he has spent in excess of 4,000 hours on his favourite chopper the Alouette III. He details his service in the various operational areas, such as Angola, SWA/Namibia, Rhodesia and Mozambique. He was still serving as a brigadier-general at time of the original publication in 2000.
ISBN 0958388075. JDP 2008 (Redone / re-printed from original first published in 2000). Size - 297x210mm (A4), 152 pages. 181 Black and White, 37 colour photographs.~JD Publishing, 2008
Re-worked edition of original title first published in 2000




"Monster Wilkins joined the SA Air Force after leaving school and qualified for his Wings before he had a driving licence. He had his first flight in a helicopter (an Alouette II) in April 1965 and that was the start of a love affair which has grown stronger over the passing years.

In CHOPPER PILOT he tells us of some of his experiences, the places he has visited and the fun he has had while serving in the SA Air Force. He writes easily and with feeling and has the gift of describing events in graphic form...Monster is the most experienced helicopter pilot in the Air Force and is well qualified to introduce us to the great variety of roles of which this versatile aircraft is capable - and what a kaleidoscope of experiences this encompasses: Operations on our northern borders during the Border War, in an environment which was often decidedly unfriendly and where navigation at low level in difficult terrain with virtually no navigation aids was the norm; working with the SA Navy on the oceans round our coastline, where he chalked up nearly 900 deck landings; co-operating with the police during dagga (marijuana) raids; fighting runaway fires and rescuing people from the sea, from floods, from snow and from fires; and evacuating casualties from accidents, often in mountainous terrain, to safety
"
. Lt General R.H.D. (Bob) Rogers SSA, SM, MMM, DSO, DFC (Ex-Chief of the Air Force.~Chopper Pilot|ISBN 0958388075|Chopper Pilot|X ISBN 0958388075|~316~11680~~
Choppertech 1976-80: A Gunner's Reflection of Fireforce Operations in Rhodesia - Gordon 'Beaver' Shaw~This book covers the author's and other crewmen's experiences in No 7 Alouette Squadron as helicopter Technicians/Gunners who flew numerous operational sorties in Alouette G and K Car gunships on Fireforce operations during the Rhodesian Bush War. The Alouette III helicopters were extensively used within Rhodesia as well as on external operations into Zambia, Botswana and Mocambique. Beaver served during latter stages of the war - 1976-1980, and has the unique distinction as being the only gunner during the bush war who is credited with a successful Air to Air contact when he shot down a Botswana Defence Force Islander plane, using the K-Car's 20mm cannon during a hot extraction of Selous Scouts troops who had just attacked a ZIPRA base in Francistown.

Editions:-
Soft Cover, A4 sized:, approx 360 pages, high quality gloss paper. (Weighs 1.3kg, hence the higher P&P). Includes many photos and pencil / charcoal drawings, approx 47 pages of photos. It is planned that after the first print run, subsequent print runs will be done with a cheaper & lighter paper.
Hard Cover, A4 sized: Leatherbound numbered Limited Edition limited to 100 copies only. Produced after the publication of the softcover, once fully subscribed. This Limited Edition will have slightly more content and photos. Approx Recommended Selling Price £90.00. Once the cost of the Limited Edition has been finalised, this book will be added to the order selector below. If you are interested in the Limited Edition but have not joined the mailing list to be kept informed about this version, simply send an email with the subject line "Choppertech Limited Edition request' to info@booksofzimbabwe.com

NB - Book Selector below. If the parcel delivery country is to a Southern Africa country address (SA, Botswana, Zim, etc) , select 'Choppertech SB - SA', for the rest of the world, select 'Choppertech SB - ROW' - the price difference is due to P&P costs.~(NB - photo on left is the back cover. The blue colouring with the Rhodesian Air Force badge are photo reproductions of Beaver's original leatherbound log book)
In this book, Beaver Shaw sifts through mounds of log book entries and other information that he has gathered from friends over many years. He has added his flying logbook entries as they appear in his logbook as a reference and guide to his book. He writes his book as he remembers it, and has used words and phrases that they used during the war days; and therefore he will not apologise for any of the wording and for not being politically correct. This book may offend some and may bring back many memories for others…. Good or bad, these fortunately or unfortunately, were the days of war and this is a book of his days…. fighting a terrorist war! Choppertech is a book that lets facts speak for themselves, showing ultimately that the truth is no less amazing than fiction and that the scars never heal.

Foreward from the book.......
Someone asked me the other day, "Hey Don, did you know this guy Gordon Shaw? I think they called him Beaver. He was a blue job, a chopper tech. Did you know him? Did he see any action?" I do know Beaver Shaw and I did have the pleasure to operate with him!

My mind wanders off and I remember........Fireforce, a call-out, the wind in my face, the speed we were moving over the ground towards the target area.....and......."One minute out," came the words from the pilot. We pulled up and the command, "Smoke! Now!" filled my headset. I lobbed the smoke canister out the open door and we banked sharp left, the blades chopping the air in a clatter of noise; there was that brief second, when time seemed to stand still as we waited for something to happen. Then it came............

(NB - Pencil drawings in book do not have text over the pictures)

The chopper tech barked into his mouthpiece, "Roger, Gooks 10 o'clock......left, bank left, bank left now! K Car is firing!" Dum-dida-dum, the sound of the 20 mm cannon firing, dum-dida-dum and the action was on! You talk about an adrenalin rush, something to shove you to the edge of your seat, exciting stuff, all of this and more, much more! A time to pray, a time to laugh, sometimes to cry. All of these emotions come to you at different times in an airborne Fire- force assault. The experience is something once never forgotten. It is exhilarating, exciting, fast, often frightening but always, always..... magic!

In the contact described above I have recollections of glancing to my left as we circled the contact area. The tech, K Car gunner, was crouched kneeling and firing the 20 mm gun with deadly effect. His crooked smile, calm demeanor and self confidence steadied and calmed my nerves as the battle unfolded! There are flashes of green and orange on the ground followed by the roar of incoming enemy ground fire. The Perspex shatters just to the left of my head and I am stung by the plastic and shrapnel which suddenly fills the cock-pit slams into my shoulder! It feels like a hefty punch and when I touch my shoulder it's wet, sticky and hot. Apart from that I am fine and there is no time to worry about this now as things are happening and fast! The floor between my legs bursts upwards like thin silver paper being torn as rounds crash through the aircraft floor and green hornets whizz around I duck and feel vulnerable and stupid all at the same time as there is nowhere to take cover! Nowhere to hide or dodge the bullets! I look to my left once more.....the tech is still smiling, still firing and once more I relax. Beaver you biscuit sort them out, bud! You go Boy!!

(NB - Pencil drawings in book do not have text over the pictures)

So the battle continues. The para Dak runs in over the target and deploys just off to the west. The paras seem to be ejected from the aircraft but then they steady to float and swing down towards the ground and the enemy below. All the time the K Car circles and the team watches; flashes all over the place and men running. Suddenly a billowing mushroom of white smoke makes us zero in on a contact taking place below. The radio crackles to life, "Contact, contact! Stop one we have a contact!" Beaver adjusts his position and shuffles left or right on his knees behind his gun, taking in the situation He looks, aims and a split second before firing he advises both the K Car team and the troops below, "K Car firing!" and the 20 mm once more spits out its deadly load.There are yellow-white flashes and then a plumb of smoke as he makes a direct hit on a gook scrambling for cover behind a baobab tree. In an instance the gook disappears, vaporized. Everything is in slow motion now and the 20 mm spits again......Duda-doom....dud -dum!

Back in camp and safe on the ground I swing out of the chopper and onto terra-ferma. The chopper tech walks around and claps me on the shoulder, "Great stuff, Ishe! Wasn't that outstanding?" The pilot, Chas, unclasps his mouth-piece, "Good work, Beav! Spot on shooting, mate well done!" Chas and I saunter back to the Ops room for a debrief and some hot tea. For us the show is over for a while anyway. But for Sgt Beaver Shaw and the other chopper techs like him it has only just begun. He must now get to work and work quickly as there is no time to waste. The next call-out could come at any moment and he must re-arm, clean his gun to avoid stoppages, check everything on the aircraft, refuel, re-grease, check all oil levels and seals, all joints and blade tips as everything must be 100 % before the next siren blast signals another call-out!

Later that evening in the troop's canteen the lads relive the battle. Stories are told and retold.The drinks flow but eventually, rather quickly actually, the lads are finished, expired, too much adrenaline has been pumping; one by one they peel off but before they go each and everyone says , Hey Beav...thanks bro you were magic up there, man. You made that 20 mil sing boet.....thank you Beav, thank you!" There are high fives all around. Eventually only a few of us are left and we reflect one last time on the day's action and punch-up! The swirl of the last swallow and one last look at the dying fire. "Good night you all.....good job Chas and great shooting Beav. Cheers everybody. See you tomorrow." So ends a normal Fire Force day; what will the morrow bring?

Sgt Beaver (Gordon) Shaw was one of those dedicated chopper techs, a true professional who loved every minute of his work and calling. As a gunner both in the G Car and K Car he was unparalleled; apart from being a deadly shot with an uncanny knack of knowing the gooks next move before it happened he was also a great guy and a superb airborne soldier who always remained extremely modest.

I met Beaver in 1978 when he was posted as part of Fire Force Delta to Beitbridge where I was OC 1 (Independent) Coy RAR. The area was tough, dry and very hot in both meanings of the word - temperature wise and gook action. Beaver worked with me as tech/gunner in the K Car on many a call-out and I can honestly say I was always impressed by this quiet often shy young man in olive green overalls. For me he was and will always be one of the Blue Job's (Air force's) unsung heroes as during his time with 7 & 8 Squadron his accurate shooting accounted for hundreds of gooks killed. He spent day after day doing what I described in just one action, never bitching, whinging or finding fault in anyone....just quietly doing his job!

Beaver went on to be actively involved in almost every operation where choppers were deployed as well as airborne assaults into Mozambique like the raid on Chimoio in Operation Dingo. In fact the list of his deployments is staggering.

Beaver also accompanied pilots into neighboring hostile (enemy) countries on "hot extraction" missions playing an important role in rescuing soldiers from life threatening situations and bringing them back to safety. Tasks the normal soldier never spoke or heard about but which were very real. Again, chopper techs like Beaver were never praised for their part in these highly dangerous airborne mercy missions; to this day they remain unsung heroes!

Beaver's memoires, "Chopper Tech" is a must read for both military historians and civilians alike. It is a wonderful record from a totally different perspective of the Rhodesian war and our fight against terrorism.

I am honored to have been asked to write a foreword for this quiet totally unassuming and modest professional ….. Sgt Gordon (Beaver) Shaw.


Major Don Price BCR
OC 3Cdo
1 RLI



Editions:-
Soft Cover, A4 sized:. Includes many photos and pencil / charcoal drawings, approx 47 pages of photos.
Hard Cover, A4 sized: Leatherbound numbered Limited Edition limited to 100 copies only. Produced after the publication of the softcover, once fully subscribed. This Limited Edition will have slightly more content and photos. Approx Recommended Selling Price £90.00. Once the cost of the Limited Edition has been finalised, this book will be added to the order selector below. If you are interested in the Limited Edition but have not joined the mailing list to be kept informed about this version, simply send an email with the subject line "Choppertech Limited Edition request' to info@booksofzimbabwe.com

NOTE (07/04/11): The softcover book will be printed in SA mid-late May 2011, and copies should arrive here end June / early July. However we are hoping to arrange for a few copies to be brought over via air (in kind souls luggage) and these copies will be allocated strictly on the First Come First Serve basis. (SA orders will be dispatched direct from within SA end May).
NB - Book Selector below. If the parcel delivery country is to a Southern Africa country address (SA, Botswana, Zim, etc) , select 'Choppertech SB - SA', for the rest of the world, select 'Choppertech SB - ROW'
~Select deliver to country|9992|Choppertech SB - Rest of the World|X9992 SB - ROW Early Bird Disc|Choppertech SB - SA|A9992 SB - SA Early Bird Disc|~316~12673~choppertech helicopter gunner fireforce~
Contact: A tribute to those who serve Rhodesia / Rhodesia at War - John Lovett~Subtitled 'A tribute to those who serve Rhodesia' or 'Rhodesia at War'
Magnificently illustrated throughout with countless very rare photos, a fascinating survey of the 1970s Rhodesian Bush War. Packed with information on the various specialized units formed and employed as well as their accomplishments, and what life was like for both soldiers and civilians throughout the various operational areas.
Published by Galaxie Press 1977 and reprinted Khenty Press 1978, 1982 . Large format hard cover, 240 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available, most without dustjackets. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code CON1 in 4th box).
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~~~316~12240~Contact, lovett~
Contact 2: Struggle for Peace - Paul Moorcraft~This is the follow-up to the very successful Contact, although the new book, Contact II, can also stand in its own right as a chronicle of the Rhodesian war. The second volume is not intended to be a blow-by-blow account of the war nor a detailed analysis of each unit of the Security Forces - it is instead a pictorial overview of what the war has meant to all in Rhodesia.
Sygma Books 1981. ISBN 0868760064. Large format hard cover, 208 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code CON2 in 4th box).
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~~~316~12473~Contact, lovett~
Contact 2: Struggle for Peace - Paul Moorcraft (Softback Reprint, 2009)~Softcover Reprint Edition
Contact II has been out of print since 1982, despite the very rapid sell-out of its first two printings in South Africa. The reprint has been held up for over 20 years and now the author, Paul Moorcraft, has allowed the Reprint to satisfy the worldwide demand of this important title with this special edition. When Contact II was first published in late 1981, it was the natural successor to the bestselling Contact, but this title stands on its own two feet as an independent chronicle of the Rhodesian war. The book contains over 600 photographs plus a compelling narrative by the renowned military author, Dr Paul Moorcraft. The title concentrates on the climax of the war: from December 1976 until the ceasefire of January 1980. Many of the pictures taken in this book have been lost or deliberately destroyed at the end of the war - it would be almost impossible to re-create a similar pictorial record; hence the importance of this title as an historical legacy.
In order that this title be accessible and affordable to everyone wanting a copy of a key Rhodesian historical legacy, this book has been reproduced / reprinted in a lower quality & lighter format (as opposed to the high quality paper, etc as used in the original version, plus a slight reduction in size to A4), to keep costs down.
Reprint, 2009. Softcover.

NOTE: 17/11/10. We have been informed by the author that the above reprint was done without his permission. The above statement about permission being granted was provided to us by the USA based bookseller when we first listed this particular edition about an year ago. An approved and better version than the above 'bootleg' version with a new identifying cover is currently being looked at. The 'Register Interest' form below is for this proposed approved print.
NOTE 2: 20/10/11 - This book project has now been scrapped in favour of the proposed 2 volume boxset listed below.~~Contact 2 (Softback Reprint, 2009)|9461|Contact 2 (Softback Reprint, 2009) PAL|9461 PAL|Contact 2 (Softback Reprint, 2009) NTSC|9461 NTSC|~316~12721~~
Contact & Contact 2: 2 Volume Box Set - Paul Moorcraft~Paul Moorcraft is currently re-working both Contact and Contact 2 with new material and photos being added. The two new versions will be produced as a boxset.
More details to follow.

Planned print date: Late 2012
ITEM CODE: CONBOXSET~~Contact 2 (Softback Reprint, 2009)|9461|Contact 2 (Softback Reprint, 2009) PAL|9461 PAL|Contact 2 (Softback Reprint, 2009) NTSC|9461 NTSC|~316~13818~~
Counter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fire Force in the War in the Bush 1974–1980 - JRT Wood~Includes 60-minute DVD, produced by Chris Cocks, author of Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry.
'Fireforce' as a military concept dates from 1974 when the Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) acquired the French MG151 20mm cannon from the Portuguese. Coupled with this, the traditional counter-insurgency tactics (against Mugabe's ZANLA and Nkomo's ZIPRA) of follow-ups, tracking and ambushing simply weren't producing satisfactory results. Visionary RhAF and Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) officers thus expanded on the idea of a 'vertical envelopment' of the enemy (first practised by SAS paratroopers in Mozambique in 1973), with the 20mm cannon being the principle weapon of attack, mounted in an Alouette III K-Car ('Killer car'), flown by the air force commander, with the army commander on board directing his ground troops deployed from G-Cars (Alouette III troop-carrying gunships and latterly, Bell 'Hueys' in 1979) and parachuted from DC-3 Dakotas. In support would be a propeller-driven ground-attack aircraft armed with front guns, pods of napalm, white phosphorus rockets and a variety of Rhodesian-designed bombs; on call would be Canberra bombers, Hawker Hunter and Vampire jets.
ISBN 9781920143336. May 2009. Hardback, 234x 153mm, . +/- 308 pages, 150 colour & b/w photos, maps, diagrams. Plus 60-minute DVD.
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~ISBN: 9781920143336
Cloth & dust jacket (hard back)
234 x 153mm6 x 9
308 pages
150 colour & b/w photos, maps, diagrams
Foreword by Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, US Marine Corps
Accompanying 60-minute DVD, produced by Chris Cocks, author of Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry * comprising of interviews with the author, army and air force veterans of Fireforce



The Book
The militarily acclaimed Fireforce concept that has received worldwide acclaim in military circles for the past 30 years.

'Fireforce' as a military concept dates from 1974 when the Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) acquired the French MG151 20mm cannon from the Portuguese. Coupled with this, the traditional counter-insurgency tactics (against Mugabe's ZANLA and Nkomo's ZIPRA) of follow-ups, tracking and ambushing simply weren't producing satisfactory results.

Visionary RhAF and Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) officers thus expanded on the idea of a 'vertical envelopment' of the enemy (first practised by SAS paratroopers in Mozambique in 1973), with the 20mm cannon being the principle weapon of attack, mounted in an Alouette III K-Car ('Killer car'), flown by the air force commander, with the army commander on board directing his ground troops deployed from G-Cars (Alouette III troop-carrying gunships and latterly Bell 'Hueys' in 1979) and parachuted from DC-3 Dakotas.

In support would be a propeller-driven ground-attack aircraft armed with front guns, pods of napalm, white phosphorus rockets and a variety of Rhodesian-designed bombs; on call would be Canberra bombers, Hawker Hunter and Vampire jets.


Includes a 90-minute DVD documentary with interviews with:

Dr JRT Wood (author and historian)
Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Robinson OLM, MLM (OC C Squadron, SAS)
Major Grahame Wilson GCV, SCR, BCR (C Squadron, SAS)
Major Nigel Henson MLM (OC Support Commando, 1RLI)
Captain Peter Stanton (Special Branch and Selous Scouts)
Lieutenant Alan Thrush BCR (A Company, 2RAR)
Sergeant Gordon 'Beaver' Shaw (Rhodesian Air Force)
Sergeant George Dempster (MA2 Medic, 1RLI)
Chris Cocks (3 Commando, 1RLI)

All the above gained several years of combat experience in the Rhodesian Bush War and all were heavily involved with the use of helicopters and fireforce tactics.


The Author
Richard Wood, BA (Hons) (Rhodes), PhD (Edinburgh), FRHistS was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He was educated at St George's College, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Edinburgh University, Scotland. He was a Commonwealth scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Research Fellow at the University of Rhodesia and a Professor of History at the University of Durban-Westville. He is undoubtedly the foremost historian and researcher on the history of Rhodesia in the decades following World War II and, with exclusive access to the hitherto closed papers of Ian Smith, has written three definitive publications: The Welensky Papers; So Far and No Further!* and A Matter of Weeks Rather than Months*. He is a renowned military historian, having served as a territorial soldier in the Rhodesia Regiment, and the Mapping & Research Unit of the Rhodesian Intelligence Corps. He has published The War Diaries of André Dennison (1989)*, numerous articles, conference papers and chapters in books. He has a lifelong interest in matters military, rugby and fly-fishing. He lives in Durban, South Africa with his wife Carol.

* Available on this website~Counter-Strike from the Sky|ISBN 9781920143336|Counter-Strike from the Sky|X ISBN 9781920143336|~316~12315~~
Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare - D Marston, C Malkasian~Throughout history, armies of occupation and civil power have been repeatedly faced with the challenges of insurgency. British and American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has highlighted this form of conflict in the modern world. Armies, sometimes reluctantly, have had to adopt new doctrines and tactics to deal with the problems of insurgency and diverse counterinsurgency strategies have been developed, ranging from conventional operations to a combination of propaganda and political strategy. Here, 13 authors examine the development of counterinsurgency from the early 20th century to the present. Including information on the Arab-Israeli conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq, this book is a timely and accessible survey of a critical facet of modern warfare. Included is a chapter on the Rhodesian Bush War - 'Countering the Chimurenga: The Rhodesian Counterinsurgency Campaign 1962-80', written by authoritive Dr JRT Wood.
April 2008. Hardback, 304 pages~April 2008
ISBN: 9781846032813
Hardback 304 pages



About this book
Through history armies of occupation and civil power have been repeatedly faced with the challenges of insurgency. US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has highlighted this form of conflict in the modern world. Armies, sometimes reluctantly, have had to adopt new doctrines and tactics to deal with the problems of insurgency and diverse counterinsurgency strategies have been developed. These have ranged from conventional military operations to a combination of military and political strategy including propaganda, Psy-Ops, and other approaches. In Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare, 13 contributors examine developments in counterinsurgency from the early 20th century to the present. Each author, an expert in his field, discusses in depth the conduct and outcomes of operations across the globe, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq, and draws out the lessons to be learned from them. This book is a timely, serious yet accessible survey of a critical facet of modern warfare and present-day global conflict.

Contents


Reviews
"A wide-ranging, sophisticated anthology that all serious students of counterinsurgency should read and savor. Challenging, candid and provocative."
Francis J.'Bing' West; author of No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah and The Village

"The editors have recruited an impressive lineup of contributors comprising many of the leading experts... they provide an introduction to some of the leading counterinsurgency campaigns of the 20th century. Soldiers and civilians alike will learn a great deal here to help them better understand the challenges that confront us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond."
Max Boot, Senior Fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New

"A fine collection that should contribute significantly to contemporary debates about what leads to success or failure in counterinsurgency. The provocative essays reveal that such conflicts are always unique, requiring counterinsurgent forces to develop cultural awareness and learning organizations if they want to have any hope of victory."
Dr Conrad Crane, lead author of The US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual~Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare|ISBN-13 9781846032813|~316~12377~~
Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War - Dan Wylie~ It is January 1978. Groups of nervous, dutiful white conscripts begin their National Service with the Rhodesian security forces. Ian Smith's white minority government is in its dying days and negotiations towards majority rule are already under way. For these 18-year-old rookies there is nothing to do but go on fighting, hold the line while the transition happens around them. Dead Leaves is a richly textured memoir in which an ordinary young soldier grapples with the unique dilemmas presented by an extraordinary period in history: the inner spectres of inner violence and death; the pressurised arrival of manhood; and the place of conscience, friendship and beauty in the pervasive atmosphere of futile warfare.
ISBN 1-86914-005-2 Softcover. 196pp; size 215 X 138mm. ~ISBN 1-86914-005-2 Softcover.
196pp; size 215 X 138mm.
It is January 1978. Groups of nervous, dutiful white conscripts' begin their National Service with Rhodesia's security forces, Ian Smith's minority regime is in its dying days and negotiations towards majority rule are already under way. For these inexperienced eighteen-year-olds, there is nothing to do but go on fighting, hold the line while the transition happens around them ...

Cattle are moving ... and Mbiti says quietly, `Don't shoot, it is cows only.'

There are more than cows. There are two men, dressed in the classic dark denims of the guerrillas, bowing away into the shadowy bush, melting away. I am looking through the legs of cattle, I do not want to shoot the cows. I do hot want to shoot. I see the men, I know that I have seen them. But I do nothing, say nothing. I am spooked. No one else appears to have seen them. I am prepared even to doubt my own eyes; I can take the sighting with me to the grave.

The consequence of my silence isn't long in coming ...


Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War is an absorbing memoir in which an ordinary troopie grapples with the unique dilemmas presented by an extraordinary period in history: the spectres of inner violence and death; the pressurised arrival of manhood; and the place of conscience, friendship and beauty in the pervasive atmosphere of futile warfare.

`Perhaps the most important part of our humanity is our capacity to question both our public and private selves, and how honestly they confront our experiences. Dead Leaves superbly achieves this task.' - Anthony Chennells, Professor of English. University of Zimbabwe~Dead Leaves|ISBN 186940052|~316~1477~Dead Leaves%3A Two Years in the Rhodesian War - Dan Wylie~
Delta Scout: Ground Coverage Operator - Anthony Trethowan~The story of a British South Africa policeman (BSAP) in Rhodesia's bush war, a young man who signed up as a raw eighteen year old and thence serving with this fine force for 8 years. Told with a sensitivity and pathos that is rare in military memoirs, it is a brutally honest, compelling account of innocence lost. After Uniform Branch, the author became a Ground Coverage operator (GC) before joining Special Branch (SB) towards the end of the war.
"A true story from one of Africa's forgotten wars ... of ordinary people fighting for thier lives in a war in the Rhodesian bush ... it made me laugh, it made me despair" - Will Leitch
ISBN 978-1-920143-21-3. April 2008. Softback, 304pp incl 32pp photo section (60 photos, 6 maps).
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~30 Degrees South Publishing
ISBN 978-1-920143-21-3
April 2008
Softback
234 x153mm
304pp incl 32pp photo section (60 photos, 6 maps)



Delta Scout was the call sign for Tony Trethowan's Ground Coverage 'stick' during the Rhodesian bush war of the late seventies. This is the story of an ordinary policeman, a young man who signed up with the British South Africa Police as a raw 18 year old and who was to serve eight years with that fine force.

As a young Patrol Officer, he was to experience rural life in remote stations in the bush of Matabeleland. He embraced the experience and learned Sindebele within a few months. The book is richly interspersed with anecdotes of wild frontier life-of rowdy prospectors, obstreperous farmers, maverick hunters and bizarre eccentrics. He deals with a wide array of crimes and incidents - from murder, tribal suicide, sorcery, robbery and drunkenness to horrific vehicle accidents.

But as the bush war intensifies, Tony finds himself more and more involved in paramilitary operations. Ground Coverage was a BSAP intelligence-gathering unit- operating literally 'on the ground' in the rural areas. Known by his enemy, Nkomo's ZIPRA guerrillas, as Baleka, or 'he who runs hither and thither' because of his propensity for rapidly covering vast areas, alone in his beaten-up police Land Rover, the second part of the book deals with the author's conversion from civilian policeman to full-blooded counter-insurgency operator in an African guerrilla war.

Told with a sensitivity and pathos that is rare in military memoirs, Delta Scout is a brutally honest, compelling account of innocence lost.



The Author
Tony Trethowan was born in England in 1955. His parents immigrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1958, where he grew up. He served in the BSA Police from 1974 to 1981 but resigned shortly after Zimbabwean independence. He has had three careers-policeman, educator & trainer and health & safety professional. He is presently studying for an MSSc in Occupational Safety and Health at Queens University in Belfast. His home is in Northern Ireland, but he is currently working for a large oil and gas company as an HSE consultant in Yemen. Delta Scout is his first book.



Lord Walker's address at the Delta Scout launch
London, 2 October 2008

"My Lords, Mr Trethowan, Ladies and Gentlemen,

"I am very honoured to be asked to join you all tonight to say a few words as part of the book launch for Delta Scout. For unlike many of you, my credentials do not stretch to having served with the British South Africa Police or having participated in the events of the 70s in Southern Rhodesia-merely to having been born there to one of its regimental officers in earlier times.

"It is the story of an ordinary policeman; a young man who signed up with the British South Africa Police at a very tender age as a very raw recruit and who, as a young Patrol Officer, was to experience rural life in remote stations in the bush where he dealt with a wide array of crimes and incidents-from murder, tribal suicide, sorcery, robbery and drunkenness to horrific vehicle accidents. Indeed, while reading Tony's book, I was struck during the early parts just how redolent of my father's service was Tony's. My father joined the BSAP from the UK in 1929, some 50 years earlier than Tony, at the age of 20 and indeed my family returned to the UK in 1958 just as Tony's was going out there. Although Land Rovers and Motorcycles had become the norm in the 70s, as opposed to the horse that was my father's routine transport, I could have substituted my father's name for Tony's. I suppose, at the end of the day, the policeman's lot is a pretty consistent one although I would venture a happier one than Gilbert and Sullivan claim.

"But, of course, with onset of the war the similarities ceased and as the bush war intensifies, Tony found himself more and more involved in paramilitary operations. Ground Coverage was the name given to the BSAP intelligence-gathering units-operating literally 'on the ground' in the rural areas. Known by his enemy, Nkomo's ZIPRA guerrillas, as Babaleka, or 'he who runs hither and thither' because of his propensity for rapidly covering vast areas, alone in his beaten-up police Land Rover, the second part of the book deals with his conversion from civilian policeman to full-blooded counter-insurgency operator in an African guerrilla war.

"For campaigns in the modern era, there is much to consider here. For warriors with the courage and aggression to employ such confrontational tactics, this book illustrates clearly what fast moving small deployments can achieve. The Rhodesian Government security forces believed passionately in what they were fighting for and their lethal aggression ensured their enemies didn't survive to fight another day. The combat strain on those conducting the fight was almost unbelievable, for the Rhodesians, who were always desperately short of ground troops, were sometimes obliged to send the same men into action more than once a day.

"There is a piece in his book which resonates with everyone who has been involved in fighting wars. Without being pious or sentimental I genuinely believe that values like duty, honour and respect underpin the actions of successful warriors. Often these values originate in the distinctive chemistry of the small group. Men wish to be valued and valuable; to gain the respect of others whose opinion they esteem; to be brave-or at least not to seem too frightened. Although, oddly enough, showing physical courage often turns out to be easier than men expect, especially if failure seems the worst enemy of all. Tony describes this well and he and his close buddies were bonded together by a unity of experience that had shaken off every kind of illusion and which was utterly unpretentious. These men were family and home to each other; closer than it is possible to say; closer than their friends were or ever would be. None would ever let the others down.

"There are a number of books that chronicle and describe the Rhodesian Bush War and one is able to get some sense of the intensity of the fighting, the extraordinary acts of bravery and the extent to which blood was spilt. At the time none of this received the sort of high profile media coverage that we see in Iraq or Afghanistan. As far as I know Tony's is one of the few books that give so personalized an account of one man's endeavours in pursuit of a cause. A cause that, with independence, and what we know now, was to lose its lustre.

"Although for a short time after independence Robert Mugabe was hailed as a liberation hero admired around the world who ushered in prosperity, health care and a literacy rate of 85 percent-the highest in Africa, it was not to last. His politics have turned into thuggery and holding on to power has become his top priority. During the last seven years, intimidation has become his chief weapon. His radical land redistribution plan set out to seize white-owned farms and turn them over to black farm workers. Instead the farms were given to members of his inner circle, who don't know how to run them. A once-thriving agricultural economy has been brought to its knees, and many of Zimbabwe's most productive farms now lie fallow.

"Over the course of his rule, he has brought each one of the country's democratic institutions to heel; he has muzzled the media; he has politicized the police force and the military and he has rewritten the laws to maintain his power base. It all must have become an increasingly bitter pill for Tony and his contemporaries to swallow after the enormous sacrifices they all made. This makes it even more important that stories like Delta Scout are told and read. I can only offer my warmest congratulations to Tony Trethowan on his remarkable book, commend it to all who have not read it and look forward to its widest possible success."

General the Lord Walker of Aldringham GCB CMG CBE DL
Governor, The Royal Hospital Chelsea~Delta Scout|ISBN 9781920143213|Delta Scout|X ISBN 9781920143213|~316~11845~BSAP, Delta Scout, Ground Coverage Operator, British South Africa Police~
Don't Die in the Bundu - Col. D. H. Grainger~Written by a colonel in the Rhodesian Army, the book was originally intended as a concise book on bushcraft set out in simple terms, for members of the Rhodesian Forces.
Extract from book's Foreward by The Rt Hon Sir Hugh Beadle....
"Don't Die in the Bundu" is a handbook of survival techniques which are based on many years' experience of men who have lived - and some who have died - in the bush. Above all, it is based on common sense. .... Men still get lost - and hurt - in the bush in this Twentieth Century. "Don't Die in the Bundu" has been written primarily for the soldier, the airman and the policeman, whose duties often take them into the bush. The book is aimed at sup­plementing the knowledge they acquire in their basic training and specialised exercises, but this book will also prove of great value to all those whose work, hobbies or recreation take them into the bush - the land surveyors, the contractors, the members of the National Park staff and the hunters. Organisa­tions such as Outward Bound and youth organisations such as the Boy Scouts, whose members often spend much of their time in the bush, will also find much of interest in its pages. .....
ISBN 0869780565 . First printed in 1965, and reprinted in several editions up to 1984. Softback. 172 pages. Size:17.5 x 11.5 cms. Black and white illustrations of edible plants & setting of traps, and beautiful colour photos of snakes (taken from another book - "Poisonous Snakes of Southern Africa")

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Echoes of an African War - Chas Lotter~A photographic anthology by Africa's acclaimed soldier-poet. Coffee-table format with alternative pages of haunting poetry, mirrored by some stunning original photography. Echoes of an African War follows the story of the Rhodesian teenaged army recruit who exchanged his home and his family for the world of barrack life. It sketches the years, until 1973, when a low-intensity war allowed a young man to explore the African bush. The story then bursts into the late 1970s when the conflict escalated into a vicious civil war. It covers the war's end in 1980 and his subsequent readjustment to civilian life before finishing in 1999 when, as a mature man, he looks back and remembers events that are now history.
Size - 330x248mm, 208 pages, 650 colour photographs.
ISBN 0 620 23091 6 - Standard Edition
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Echoes of an African War marks a high point in Chas Lotter's 25 year writing career. This soldier poet's craft had humble beginnings - Chas Lotter admits that many of his earlier poems were "written on the back of cigarette boxes". Chas Lotter's writing quickly attracted critical acclaim in poetry journals even before his work appeared in Peter Badcock's volume : Shadows of War. The commercial success of Shadows of War led to another Lotter - Badcock collaboration; Faces of War. Chas joined the Rhodesian Diaspora in 1980 and settled in South Africa. In 1984, he published Rhodesian Soldier - a volume that matched verse with original photographs. Now long out of print, Rhodesian Soldier has become a much sought after collector's item with the scarce copies commanding a premium price.

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Chas Lotter juggled part-time writing with his business interests and although he achieved occasional success with the select pieces in various journals, he knew that he had not yet told the full story of his service in the Rhodesian War. In the early 1990s, Chas committed himself to the project that would ultimately culminate in the publication of Echoes of an African War. Aware of the appeal of the poetry - photograph format, Chas set out on an ambitious quest to locate as many original unpublished photographs from the Rhodesian war as he could. His task was aided by the explosive expansion of the internet.

Photographs poured in from all corners of the world. Ex-servicemen of all descriptions as well as civilians, reacted generously to Chas Lotter's call for photographs. Within a year or two of beginning his research, Chas had accumulated hundreds of original photos and had become the unwitting custodian of a substantial collection of Rhodesian bush war related photographs. All were carefully scanned and converted into electronic format. Then began the painstaking task of searching out the few score photographs that would form part of the collage in the final book. Chas made use of the internet to generate advance interest in Echoes of an African War. His web site published galleries of photographs and published teasers and samples from the book as the launch date approached.

Echoes of an African War was published in 1999 and quickly disproved a long held belief - namely that poetry does not sell in commercially viable quantities in South Africa. The book was published in two versions - a leather bound collector's edition and a coffee table size hard back volume with a richly illustrated dust-jacket. Echoes of an African War is more than a volume of poetry, however. It forms a remarkable cultural record of the Rhodesian bush war and a unique window into some of the bitterest years in southern Africa history.~Select edition||Echoes of an African War - Std|ISBN 0620230916 Std|Echoes of an African War - Ltd|ISBN 0620230916 Delux|~316~13598~Echoes of an African War - Chas Lotter, war poems~
Everywhere! But at Home: My Story of the Rhodesian Corps of Engineers - Alf Herbst~Here is a book with a difference - much has been written about the very active and high profile Rhodesian combat units such as the RLI, SAS and the Selous Scouts, but very little on some of the army's vital supporting corps such as the Engineers. This is the author's story as he saw it and what he went through whilst serving with the Rhodesian Light Infantry and later, the Rhodesian Corps of Engineers, during the escalating Rhodesian Bush War and afterwards, between 1969 and 1983. There are no political viewpoints or discussions as to the reasons for the war, the author simply speaks about his life and experiences. Read about the men who drove the vital mine detecting Pookies and many other key supporting roles.
NB - A follow-up pictorial 'A Sapper's Journey in Pictures' is in the pipeline, will be published after 'Everywhere! But At Home'. This will have many photos not included in the 1st book. Details to follow.

Book Status:
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New Revised Edition 2011. Softback, A4 size, 200 pages. B/W photos.

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ITEM CODE: EBAH~~~316~13395~~
Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80 - Peter G Locke & Peter D F Cooke~Leopard, Pookie, Crocodile, Puma, Kudu, Rhino........strange beasts from the bush war. A unique book on the fascinating armoured vehicles and weapons developed for counter-insurgency. Includes a general history of the bush war and tactics employed. The only book dedicated to this topic, it details the inventive approach taken by a desperate society under attack from all quarters and forced under international sanctions to use the only resources and materials available. The book shows the incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Rhodesians in developing the unique vehicles designed to combat that scourge of modern warfare, the land mine. It also deals in its later chapters with the local manufacture of various firearms, and ambush & anti-ambush devices, other munitions and communication equipment. Here again the most innovative designs or even replicas of other weaponry were used to subvert the arms embargo and reduce our reliance on imported material. Well illustrated with over 350 photos. 152 pages. A collector's item - an good reference book covering items not covered in any other book - a good aid for military modellers too.

A unique well researched book produced many years ago covering Rhodesia's attempts in producing home made armoured protected vehicles, firearms, anti-ambush weapons and mines during the Rhodesian Bush War. Co-author Peter Locke served with the Rhodesian Corps of Intellegence during the Bush War and collected vast amounts of knowledge about the technology developed during the war, including firearms, anti-ambush weapons and of course the wierd and wonderful mine-proof vehicles.
1994. Softback. Size - A4, 152 pages, 362 black/white photos, diagrams, maps, appendices.
Book status: Out of Print - scarce (Has been selling on the internet for up to US$130 for good second hand copies)

A box of copies has recently been found 'forgotten' in a warehouse, so not many left - these are being sent over in small batches as needed. Delivery in 3-6 weeks. Once they are all gone, they are gone - any copies located after that will revert to the 'scarce' price!~Published 1994
Softback. Size - A4, 152 pages
362 black/white photos, diagrams, maps, appendices.



Reviews from the Rhodesia.com website

Best of its Type
In a number of areas, this A4, 152 paged book is sure to be a winner. Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80, by Peter G Locke and Peter DF Cooke, is the best of its type to be published to date. It covers the amazingly wide range of armoured vehicles, including those using the railway system that were put together in Rhodesia during the years of conflict. There is also a section that deals with the selection of weapons, both conventional and rudimentary, that were produced in Rhodesia. These include mortars, a number of machine carbines, and a strange collection of weapons that fired a 12-bore shotgun cartridge and whilst claimed to have been effective, had rather a rough finish.

Put together, the collection of odds and sods that are dealt with and dealt with in detail by the authors, comes as a big surprise. Generally, the black and white photographs are good and the text is explicit. It covers in detail the history and development of the vehicle. As an example, there are four pages devoted to the Kudu/Ojay, with 11 photographs and a small box detailing the manufactured components used, specifications and the number of the type that were built. In this instance the stated figure is some 1,300 of 10 marks, including the railway version.

Towards the end of the conflict, Rhodesian industry was reaching the stage when it was able to produce vehicles designed to meet specific military requirements. Kew Engineering of Gwelo designed and started production of the Mine-Protected Combat Vehicle (MPCV), and by the end of the conflict had produced sixty. Based on the Unimog chassis and power-plant, the MPCV was designed to carry ten men, never taken into service by the Rhodesians, but was later used in an operational role by the Zimbabwe Defence Force.

The main section of the book is supported by appendices that show the Order of Battle of the Rhodesian Armoured Corps and other units, and another dealing with the development of the Zimbabwean Defence Force, from which a good idea of the present order of battle can be gleaned. Finally, there is a good Glossary of Technical Terms and Slang. This is one book that is going to find many readers worldwide.

Peter MacIntosh
African Armed Forces
Johannesburg South Africa, February 1995



One of a Kind
That thunderous explosion that came without warning was one of the dreaded features of the Rhodesian bush war. In this book the authors chronicle the incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness of Rhodesians in developing the unique vehicles designed to combat that scourge of modern warfare, the land mine. It also deals in its later chapters with the local manufacture of various firearms, and ambush devices, other munitions and communication equipment. Here again the most innovative designs or even replicas of other weaponry were used to subvert the arms embargo and reduce our reliance on imported material

What is termed "the rhino mentality" symbolised the tough and resilient attitude adopted by this doughty band of people to face and overcome all challenges. There is a concise summary of the country's history and an introductory background detailing the progressive phases of the bush war. However, the greater part of this informative book covers the action taken against the mine threat which destroyed irreplaceable transport, disrupted communications, discriminately killed and injured soldiers and civilians and had a profound impact on morale. For ease of concealment these mines were usually laid in unmetalled roads. As a result, an extensive programme of tarring important rural routes was part of the defence mechanism.

The history of the numerous types of mine and ambush protected vehicles that were created is treated depth. Protective measures were applied to standard vehicles such as the Land Rover and Bedford and Mercedes trucks. At the same time wide variety of special vehicles progressively appeared on the scene, generally used the monocoque principle and involved the deflection of the potentially lethal explosive. The names given to them reflect Rhodesian's natural affinity with their wildlife. We had the Rhino, Hyena, Leopard, Puma, Crocodile, Kudu and Cougar. A description of the design features of each vehicle is given, together with the developers and manufacturers. Particular mention is made of the Pookie. , the very successful mine detection vehicle that was produced. The most important point of all, however, is that they saved countless lives or prevented serious injury. An unusual highlight has been recorded that sedated baboons were used to test the effectiveness of each prototype. There were no casualties amongst these volunteers' except one perforated eardrum.

The whole of this section of the book contains excellent photographic illustrations of every model. The weapons chapters cover the pistols, carbines, sub-machine guns, shotguns, mortars and rocket launchers produced by Rhodesian inventors and entrepreneurs, some of which served the country well and in particular helped to arm the civilian population. Anti-ambush devices were many and varied and a number were put into use by farmers an others without any official approval. Nevertheless, they served their purpose. Several types of mines of novel design were manufactured, together with items of demolition equipment. A significant article deals with the highly successful Agricalert system which linked farmers especially to their neighbours and to the nearest Army or Police post.

All in all, this book is one of a kind and is highly recommended to all those interested in this proud nation's ability to overcome obstacles and meet the challenges.

E.A.SUTTON-PRYCE
Former Deputy Minister, Rhodesian Government
South Africa, March 1995



A Goldmine
I've been looking forward to this book for years, and I havn't been disappointed. If you like armoured cars, buy this book! The text is informative, the photos are excellent and the information is a goldmine. The modellers out there will be scratch building Rhinos and Kudus and Pumas like crazy.

David Haugh
Armored Car Oregon USA, #27 Jan-Feb 1995



Rare Look
Produced after 3 years of research by the authors into the Bush War, also known as the Second Chimurenga War of Liberation. This war is generally regarded as starting with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965 and ending with the peaceful hand-over of power through monitored elections in 1980. It was a guerrilla and counter-insurgency war that grew in the last two years to a total war in which the Rhodesian government forces targetted economic and infrastructural points in neighbouring countries. Martial law covered much of the country and all white men over 17 were called up. This war was little seen by the outside world.

The Technology: Although a number of books have been published about the war itself, none have been devoted to the technology developed by Rhodesians to prosecute the war. They developed a wide range of mine-protected and armoured vehicles, anti-ambush devices, firearms and munitions, all done in a vacuum of international sanctions.
Fighting Vehicles: Light passenger vehicles were mine-protected to prevent loss of life from mines laid on back roads, and were used by govt departments, civilians, farmers, as well as the Army and paramilitary Police. Larger armoured vehicles were made for more conventional warfare.
Anti-Ambush devices: A bewildering variety of these were developed to oppose ambushes laid by guerrillas against farms & vehicles. Most involved shotgun cartridges or muzzle-loading canisters arranged so that a lone driver could retaliate in the event of ambush.
Firearms: At least 7 different types of sub-machineguns, pistol-carbines, and combat shotguns were designed and manufactured. At the peak of the war, men and women went about their daily business on the farm or in the vulnerable towns toting a sub-machinegun.
Munitions: A number of mines, including wooden box, pressure, AP and non-detectable, were made and used by the thousands. This book is a rare look inside Fortress Rhodesia and the strange vehicles that evolved.

AFV News Ontario Canada, Apr-Jun 1995



Bush Battle Wagons
THE prize for the year's most obscure title must go to the fruit of Wellington desk-top publisher Peter Cooke's unusual obsession: the -Bush War+ that led to Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, and specifically the even more ingenious means the combatants found to kill each other or defend themselves. Cooke has joined forces with Zimbabwe historian Peter Locke to produce the remarkably detailed and copiously illustrated Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80, whose bizarre and sinister contents are signalled by the cover picture of an armour-plated car bristling with anti-ambush guns: underneath all that weaponry is the unmistakeable shape of an Austin Cambridge.

Evening Post Wellington NZ, Sat 29 April 1995



Fascinating Reference
The war in what was then Rhodesia lasted some fifteen years and few people in southern Africa were unaffected by its progress and outcome. Peter Locke and Peter Cooke have written a rather different book about this conflict - they concentrate on the tools in use rather than the causes or moral implications. Beginning with an overview, Fortress Rhodesia and the background, Bush War, they go on to the main section, Fighting Vehicles which describes the many and varied vehicles employed by the Rhodesian security forces, most of which, leaving aside the British-made armoured cars inherited, were indigenous designs built on available chassis. Crafted totally from scratch, and on a very limited budget, the results were often as good as anything produced by major industrialized powers. Some of these vehicles were converted to rail operations, enabling them to patrol vulnerable tracks. Circumstances demanded that vehicles damaged by mines, a common enough occurrence, be repaired if at all possible, and there are pictures here of mine-protected vehicles awaiting rehabilitation. Some of them were so badly mauled that any sane insurance assessor would have written them off without even a second glance.
The section on firearms covers semi-auto carbines, pistols, and SMGs. There appeared to he no problem with the supply of rifles and general purpose machine-guns, but the sudden demand for arms for the civilian market was met with typical colonial ingenuity. Some pistol production was attempted (the ill-fated Mamba was conceived in Rhodesia) but attention was concentrated on the manufacture of pistol carbines+ and sub-machine-guns; same thing really, but the latter fired full-auto. Most of these devices are illustrated and they displayed a high level of mechanical ingenuity. Even those weapons turned out on a limited basis in back-yard workshops showed considerable style. Some, such as the GM15/16, later known as the SANNA 77, Well made and sold in South Africa. The authors report that this gun was (based on the excellent Czech M25) failed to perform as well as expected, leading them to suggest that wear and tear evident in captured originals may have been inadvertently designed into the copy. I had the opportunity to fire the Kommando, one of the pistol carbines illustrated, in Cape Town some 20- years ago. Loaded in error with 9mm Short ammunition, it went full-auto, the low power of the 9mm short preventing sear engagement after each shot.
Rhodesians were never short of humour, even at the worst of times, and this comes over well in the Mine-Protected Wheelbarrow, a heavily sandbagged, camouflage-painted wheelbarrow with a 30-calibre Browning MG attached to a tripod mount above the front wheel! This device actually saw use at some outlying police posts. Some of the anti-ambush weapons developed strain ones credulity - the Spider was a 24-barrel 12-bore shotgun, the barrels radiating from a central point. It was mounted on the roof of your car, pick-up truck or lorry and fired by means of a rotating han le within the cab. The effect must have been truly awesome.
In addition to weapons and vehicles there are chapters on Mines & Munitions and Miscellaneous Technology which includes radio equipment, bullet-resistant glass, minefield techniques and dummy artillery pieces. Particularly good are the potted histories of Rhodesian Regiments, the Protective Forces and the British South Africa Police. There is a comprehensive glossary of technical terms and slang current in the forces during the period. Fighting Vehicles & Weapons is soft covered, square backed and contains 154 A4 (210x300mm) pages printed on good quality paper. There are about 600 photographs [362! - Ed] and many drawings. On the whole picture reproduction is remarkably good, all the more so when one considers that the original material was not always of the best quality. There is an excellent index, very necessary in a publication which is bound to serve as a fascinating reference work for years to come. This book is a must for fighting vehicle and weapons buffs.
Keith Dyer
Man Magnum Durban South Africa, May 1995~Fighting Vehicles|ISBN 0473024136|~316~13425~~
Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Chris Cocks~Widely acclaimed as the classic account of counter-insurgency warfare in Africa, as told by the combat soldier "on the ground". The gut-wrenching account of brutal face-to-face combat in the Rhodesian bush is not for the squeamish. This is the compelling, brutally honest account of Chris Cocks' service in 3 Commando, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, during the Rhodesian bush war was considered a close parallel to the French Foreign Legion. He joined the RLI at the age of 18, after living a somewhat sheltered life. Fireforce, a method of combat developed by the Rhodesians and perfected by the RLI, involved troops being helicoptered or parachuted into an area immediately after a guerrilla presence had been reported or a sighting made. Due to the enormous shortage of ground troops the same men were sometimes parachuted into contacts as many as three times per day. This is his story of his experience. Includes the RLI roll of honour, citations and operational orders, and appendices. *** RECOMMENDED READ ***
ISBN 0958489092, 4th Edition Paperback. Size - 228x152mm, 368 pages, 120 colour & b/w photos, map and sketches.

Sequel to Fireforce - Out of Action (formerly titled as Survival Course) is available under Rhodesia - Autobiographies.
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ISBN 0-9584890-9-2
Softback with gatefolds
222x152mm
320pages with 48 page photo sections



Fireforce is the compelling, brutal but true account of Chris Cocks' service in 3 Commando, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, during Zimbabwe's bitter civil war of the '70s - a war that came to be known almost innocuously as 'the bush war'. 'Fireforce', a tactic of total airborne envelopment, was developed and perfected by the RLI, together with the Selous Scouts and the Rhodesian Air Force. Fireforce became the principal strike weapon of the beleaguered Rhodesian forces in their struggle against the overwhelming tide of the Communist-trained and -equipped ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas.

The combat strain on a fighting soldier was almost unbelievable, for the Rhodesians, who were always desperately short of ground troops, were sometimes obliged to parachute the same men into action into as many as three enemy contacts a day. While estimates of enemy casualties vary, there seems little doubt that the RLI accounted for at least 12,000 ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas - but not without cost.

Fireforce is not for the squeamish. Although it has been written with unforgettable pathos and humour, it tells of face-to-face combat in the bush and death at point-blank range. It is a book which does nothing to glorify or glamorize war, for as Chris Cocks found at such a young age, war is merely a catalogue of suffering, destruction and death.

Fireforce has been described by critics as being to the Rhodesian War what All Quiet On The Western Front was to World War I and Dispatches was to Vietnam. Read it - it will an experience you will never forget.

Reviews
Southern African Review of Books, Issue 7, February/March 1989
Reviewed by Paul Moorcraft
Bullets versus ballots, reform versus revolution. Ah, the standard clichés of the massed army of rearguard writers on southern Africa. Few writers ever get close to real ballots, let alone live bullets. Military events have often shaped southern African history, but most analysis is cerebral and hands-off.

For example, one of the modern classics of war, The Face of Battle , by historian John Keegan, despite its brilliance, lacks the immediacy of being in a battle. An experienced warrior, from the British SAS, complained after reading the book that it did not portray, for example, the smell of conflict, the cordite, the stench of decaying bodies and, above all, the sense of fear. Very few books, written from any sides of the many wars in the region, capture the real feeling of what war is like. No amount of piety or righteous indignation fired off from the UN or Bloomsbury or even Lusaka can compensate for a well-written, first-hand account of the 'struggles' and the white racist counter-insurgencies to contain them.

Few men of action can write well. The exceptions, though, such as T.E. Lawrence, have contributed greatly to the study of war. An African example is Deneys Reitz's Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War , first published in 1935. A book in that classic mould, but this time about the Rhodesian war, and entitled Fireforce , has recently been published. Like Reitz's work, Fireforce, by first-time author Chris Cocks, is a personal account of frequent, close-quarter warfare.

The book is likened on the cover blurb to the famous novel, All Quiet on the Western Front . That is an exaggeration, particularly as the book has been slightly marred by the occasional, racially-biased, editorial intervention by the South African publisher, himself a former senior Rhodesian policeman and well-known author. As one starts the book, the reader may be tempted to think, 'Oh, no, not another gung-ho story of how the tough, good guys lost because the world betrayed them'. It is not. It is a unique, compelling, sometimes brutal account of a young conscript's three years of service in the elite Rhodesian Light Infantry during the height of the bush war (1976-9).

Cocks was an 18-year-old white Rhodesian when he was called up for 18 months. He had wanted to go to university in England, but that had to wait, he was told by the authorities. His family had been opposed to Ian Smith and he planned to avoid his national service by making his way out of Africa via Mozambique. He had attended a multi-racial school, where he had, he says, made many black friends. Cocks notes:

... in my youthful mind I appreciated vaguely that something had to be radically wrong with the policies of the Rhodesian Front. Yet, I still went and fought for the green and white flag of Rhodesia ... and I certainly was no patriot. I still cannot understand it ... even to this day.


He was persuaded by his family to give up the idea of going into exile. Instead, he joined the tough 3-Commando of the RLI, as an ordinary trooper because the army decided he was not officer material. Originally the RLI had been an all-volunteer unit comprised largely of white Rhodesians and South Africans. By 1976 the tempo of the war had forced the RLI to take conscripts as well as a veritable legion of foreign adventurers, rogues and anti-communist idealists.

Much of Cocks' time was taken up by 'fireforce' duties. The RLI was one of the main reaction forces to hunt and kill nationalist guerrillas. The object was to land as many troops as quickly as possible on the ground, using initially French Alouette helicopters (later larger ex-Israeli Bell choppers) and also aged Dakotas for dropping paratroopers. (One of the Daks had actually flown at Arnhem in 1944.) Each fireforce had a K-Car (Killer-Car) gunship, an Alouette with a 20 mm cannon, which usually carried the operational commander. G-Cars, ferrying ground troops to and from the contact area, supported the K-Car. Often a Cessna 'Lynx' would initiate the attack, using rockets and napalm, and then the K-Car would direct the ground troops to ambush the escaping survivors. Heavy resistance would bring out Hawker Hunter fighter-bombers and Canberra bombers.

Fireforce, which relied upon good intelligence, mainly from trackers and observation points, accounted for 12,000 guerrillas killed. In hard military terms, the fireforce concept was an operational development which has attracted much detailed attention in army staff colleges throughout the world. But the Rhodesian obsession with body-counts made them blind, like the Americans in Vietnam, to the political requirements of combating and even comprehending the nature of the protracted people's war fought by the insurgents. Hearts and minds do, after all, live in bodies.

Cocks saw a lot of fireforce action. In blunt terms he describes the first kill he witnessed. He writes that a corporal:

spotted what looked to me like a bundle of rags beneath a bush. In an instant his rifle was at his shoulder and he fired three shots. The bundle grunted and rolled over, a Communist AK rifle clattering to the side. I was astonished ... so that was a guerrilla. The bundle had seemed so inoffensive. I studied the body curiously. Still-smouldering napalm had bored ugly holes into the flesh, which gave off a sickly sweet smell. The skull had been shattered by a bullet and brains were oozing through the scalp in a riot of blood and plasma. The mouth was fixed in a grimace of death while the eyes stared upwards as if in a trance.
So this was death. It was gruesome. It was messy. I suddenly wondered if RLI soldiers looked the same when they were killed.... I soon learned the practice of immediately shooting at anything suspicious regardless of whether it was obviously dead or not. If in doubt, shoot ... that was the way you stayed alive.


Clearly, the book is not for the oversensitive, but it does describe what war is really like. It is messy and dirty.

The details are there for the military specialist, but it is also an anti-war tract for the layman. And it is more: the sociologist's eye, the novelist's ear for down-to-earth dialogue and the unpretentious, sometimes amusing, narrative add up to a surprising tour de force . The style is very simple; initially it appears almost simplistic. At the end of the book, however, like Bunyan's Pilgrim, you have travelled a long way. This might seem like excessive praise, but, in this writer's opinion, after many years of researching on and working in African war zones, Cocks' work is one of the very few books which adequately describe the horrors of war in Africa. Vietnam seemed to have grabbed the stylists.

Like Bunyan's Christian, Cocks' load gets heavier. Towards the end of 1978, he confides:

One of the American Vietnam vets brought a "Doors" tape to the barrack room and the melancholy, almost death-laden voice of Jim Morrison, saddened my already numb and exhausted mind. We lost track of the kill rate as the days wore on. None of us really cared any more. Did scores matter anyway? The enemy had an inexhaustible supply of replacements, no matter how many we killed.


As the war escalated in 1979, the Rhodesian security forces advanced towards the heart of darkness. Cocks' friends are killed or badly wounded. They continue the grotesque tradition of looting the corpses of dead insurgents, despite their officers' disapproval. Cocks hears about an RLI machine-gunner who shot an African child he had enticed with a sweet. Cocks explains that atrocities were never encouraged, and that he worried about repeating a My Lai when civilians were caught in crossfire. He describes the psychopaths and the weirdos, such as a soldier who went to war in a tall black top hat adorned with a yellow AA badge. (As the war intensified the army tightened up on combat dress.) There are the booby-trapped radios and guerrilla uniforms treated with contact poisons. Cocks and his men didn't disapprove of the dirty tricks. 'After all, if it was effective it saved us the job of going out to kill them and maybe getting killed ourselves in the process.'

There are landmines and raids into Zambia and Mozambique. By this time few prisoners were taken. After a firefight, the now promoted Corporal Cocks gives the order to finish off a wounded guerrilla.

A year ago we might have saved him, but not in 1979. We didn't want guerrilla prisoners who might only get a gaol sentence, or even be reprieved and integrated into the army as a reformed ally. Execution in the field, we rationalized, saved the troops extra work ... to say nothing of taxpayers' money The officers still insisted that Special Branch badly needed captures for information purposes, but the intelligence we got in the field was always out of date and second grade anyway ... so what did it matter. Besides that a whole chopper would have been taken up to casevac [casualty evacuate] him, which meant a stick [patrol] would have had to stay out over night.

Besides life or death issues, more mundane matters intrude: letters home to his fiancée, and the obsession that all frontline soldiers have with food and with the soldiers who never leave the safety of their barracks, 'jam-stealers' in Rhodesian parlance.

When Cocks leaves the RLI in January 1979, the guerrilla onslaught is swamping the security forces. Cocks describes how on occasions cooks, clerks and bottlewashers were pulled into the front line. As he walks out of the barracks, the burden falls from his shoulders: 'I felt the weight of my fifty years lifting. Perhaps it was because I was still only twenty-one'.

Cocks asks himself what was it all for. 'I do not believe I had any blood lust. It was just a big adventure which slowly began to turn sour only when I discovered that upwards of thirty thousand people had been killed in the conflict.' Cocks was initially a reluctant conscript. Yet he volunteered to stay on as a regular soldier to complete three years of very active duty.

Cocks' minor masterpiece explains why people fight. Cocks risked his life for his mates. Not Ian Smith. Most soldiers fight well because of peer group pressure -- solidarity with small unit or larger regiment -- no God, Queen or country. Cocks was no exception: it was the camaraderie of the highly professional RLI 3-Commando which motivated him to volunteer, and to fight, sometimes three times a day, in fireforce actions.

A small minority of whites refused to fight. Some slipped off quietly to colleges or exile in Britain and a few publicly registered as pacifists. In most wars the bravest of men are usually found in the ranks of either frontline combat troops or conscientious objectors.


WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Fireforce is bound to enjoy a large readership . . . Of the many books that are appearing dealing with Rhodesia and the war years, this is probably the best." - Armed Forces South Africa

"The Rhodesian bush war, like most conflicts, has spawned a large number of books but none has been written with the passion of Fireforce. Cocks' book, more than any other of this particular conflict, smashes home the gross corruption of youth by war . . . it is an immensely moving story." - Patrick Taylor, The Citizen

"Chris Cocks' Fireforce . . . is informative, entertaining and, at times moving stuff." - The Frog, Pretoria News

"This (book) is however notable in that it is the first account of the Zimbabwean war by a Rhodesian soldier which does not attempt to deify the Rhodesians or their war. The strength of the book lies in that in the same way as Platoon refuses to disguise the psychological trauma consequent on youth being conscripted into the army, Fireforce highlights some of the debasement and brutality which face the average recruit." - Oudtshoorn Courier

"Chris Cocks has resisted the temptation to glorify the fighting to any extent at all. He sees it for the catalogue of destruction, suffering and death that war is all about; and in the bush it was, very often, a matter of face-to-face combat at point-blank range." - "Homefront" The MOTH Magazine.

"Fireforce will be to the Rhodesian War what Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front was to World War 1. A high claim indeed, but perhaps valid, for this moving book is a classic in any sense." - Jim Mitchell, The Star.

"This is one of the best books to come out of the Rhodesian War . . . these pages put you right back in the bush." - Armed Forces South Africa.

"Few books have brought home the reality of war as well as Fireforce . . . Fireforce is not a book for the tender- hearted, but it makes for a cracking good read." - Jean Gardine, Personality.

"It (Fireforce) is one of the few books to emerge from that era which is brutally honest, and intensely moving." - Joy Cameron-Dow, SABC - Radio South Africa's "Talking of Books".


~Fireforce|X ISBN 0958489092|Fireforce|ISBN 1919874321|Fireforce|Z ISBN 0958489092|Fireforce|X ISBN 0958489092|~316~11090~Fireforce - One Man%27s War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Chris Cocks, elite parachute battalion, rhodesian bush war~
From Border Control to Airborne Strike Force: The Rhodesian Light Infantry - edited and complied by Mark Adams & Chris Cocks~Few, if any, regiments have left their mark on the history of modern warfare as didthe Rhodesian Light Infantry. Raised on 1 February 1961 the RLI first evolved intoa commando unit then became involved in mundane border-control duties in theZambezi Valley. Later as the bush war intensified the RLI was to evolve into a ruthlesslyefficient 'killing machine'. This book chronicles the military evolution of the RLI fromthe peacetime soldiering days through to the constant high-intensity combat of thefinal years. Initially comprising volunteers from South Africa and Britain the RLI wasalways under strength until 1976 when the percentage of national servicemen servingin the RLI was dramatically increased to meet ever-increasing operational demands.The historical record will show how these young men, led and commanded by anoutstanding combination of tough and battle-hardened non-commissioned officersand a skilled and aggressive officer corps, inflicted massive damage on the ZANLA andZIPRA insurgent forces. The ruthless efficiency of the joint Air Force and RLI Fireforceoperations where the RLI was deployed by helicopter and later also by parachute wasto account for the deaths of in excess of 12,000 insurgents during the course of thewar at a rate of 160 enemy killed for every one of their own lost: a truly remarkablerecord. Throughout the war the RLI never ceased to learn, adapt and evolve militarilyand as such provides many important lessons for students of modern warfare in how asmall military structure making the maximum and creative use of the limited resourcesavailable can achieve so much with so little. Disbanded after the political settlement on31 October 1980 the RLI marched into history. Gone but never to be forgotten, thisis the story of "the incredible RLI".
Softback 260 x 215cm. 416 pages. 500 colour & B/W photos. Illustrations and maps.

Target dispatch date: Nov/Dec 2011
ITEM CODE: TRLI~The RLI … killing machine extraordinaire ...

Few, if any, regiments have left their mark on the history of modern warfare as did the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Raised on 1 February 1961 the RLI first evolved into a commando unit then became involved in mundane border-control duties in the Zambezi Valley. Later as the bush war intensified the RLI was to evolve into a ruthlessly efficient ‘killing machine’.

This book chronicles the military evolution of the RLI from the peacetime soldiering days through to the constant high-intensity combat of the final years. Initially comprising volunteers from South Africa and Britain the RLI was always under strength until 1976 when the percentage of national servicemen serving in the RLI was dramatically increased to meet ever-increasing operational demands.

The historical record will show how these young men, led and commanded by an outstanding combination of tough and battle-hardened non-commissioned officers and a skilled and aggressive officer corps, inflicted massive damage on the ZANLA and ZIPRA insurgent forces. The ruthless efficiency of the joint Air Force and RLI Fireforce operations where the RLI was deployed by helicopter and later also by parachute was to account for the deaths of in excess of 12,000 insurgents during the course of the war at a rate of 160 enemy killed for every one of their own lost: a truly remarkable record.

Throughout the war the RLI never ceased to learn, adapt and evolve militarily and as such provides many important lessons for students of modern warfare in how a small military structure making the maximum and creative use of the limited resources available can achieve so much with so little.

Disbanded after the political settlement on 31 October 1980 the RLI marched into history. Gone but never to be forgotten, this is the story of “the incredible RLI”.


Target Date: Nov/Dec 2011
ITEM CODE: TRLI~From Border Control to Airborne Strike Force|ISBN 9781920143596|~316~13022~~
Half a Century in Uniform: The Life story of Group Captain OD Penton OLM AFC - Rob 'Ralpapajan' Thurman~The life story of a journeyman pilot who spent his entire working life connected to aviation and the Air Force. Group Captain Ossie Penton helped establish the Rhodesian Air Force and epitomised its spirit and excellence.
"I commend this story to the reader, not only as the fascinating one of the career of a Service Pilot, but also because it gives a very clear picture of the chronicle of events and politics pertaining to the period of time that it covered." Air Commodore Dickie Bradshaw OLM
Lulu 2007. Hardcover 242 pages.~This is the life story of Ossie Penton, who has been described as a "Journeyman Pilot." When I started preparing the manuscript I was told by him that he did not "...really have a story to tell, I am not an "ace of the base" like Douglas Bader or Neville Duke. To me most of war was like a Cook's Tour."

This is the man who flew 114 missions over Malta, the Adriatic, Albania and Italy. He earned his wings with the South African Air Force and then went "Up North" attached to the RAF and flew with the Desert Air Force over the Italian War Theatre.

In his log one comment epitomised the man. He wrote it after he landed from a ground strafing mission in Albania with several bullet holes in his plane. It read: "Hit several times. The Big Twitch!"

When he finally returned to South Africa he could not leave flying alone and emigrated to the then Southern Rhodesia where he joined the Southern Rhodesia Auxiliary Air Force. With that force he took part in the longest ferry of Spitfires ever undertaken, setting the scene and providing the ground work for another ferry some 25 years later. This was the Ferry of 18 Cessna 337G (Skymaster %7E Milirole Ground Attack platform) aircraft from Rheims in France to Salisbury against United Nations sanctions. Both the Ferries are detailed in the book with the original logs from both recorded. The detailed account of how the Rhodesian Aircraft ferried the Skymaster code named the Lynx %7E the aircraft designed especially for operations in Viet Nam includes photographs only published in this book.

Ossie was a founder member of the Rhodesian Air Force and rose to high rank due to his unique personality and his ability as a leader as well as a pilot. He helped train several of the men who became Officers Commanding of the Air Force.

In addition to recording the story of a unique man the book also shows the political climate and events of a turbulent time in South Africa's and Rhodesia's (now Zimbabwe) history.

Ossie finally retired from flying in 1982 after serving with the fledgling Air Force of Zimbabwe. One of his students was at that time the Air Marshal in charge of the Air Force.~Half a Century in Uniform|8960|~316~11687~Rhodesian Air Force, Ossie Penton~
Insignia and History of the Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890-1980 - Col. Dudley Wall~4th Edition
Dudley Wall has thoroughly researched the history and insignia of the Armed Forces of Northern and Southern Rhodesia - now Zambia/Malawi and Zimbabwe respectively. He describes and illustrates insignia, badges, patches, equipment, history and organisation of the various branches starting with the British South Africa Police, the forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Rhodesian Air Force and the Air Askiri Corps, to the complex structure of the Rhodesian Army. This consisted of Mounted and Infantry/Rifle regiments plus Commando units and Special Forces such as the Rhodesian SAS and the legendary Selous Scouts. Detailed text on the military history of Rhodesia plus synopsis of the units and regiments mentioned is accompanied by many beautifully reproduced colour photographs of the insignia, badges, caps and some contemporary uniforms.
"This book is a record of the insignia and history of the Rhodesian armed forces from inception to 1980. Rhodesia had a fascinating history that characterised the pioneer spirit of early Africa. The continent of Africa was in a stage of being colonised by the various European countries. It must be noted that the politics and motivations of the various political parties are not discussed in this book at all. There are many writers who have looked at this from different viewpoints and there are many books published on the subject. The purpose of this book …. is, rather, a reflection on the spirit and actions of the military kith and kin of a country." - Dudley Wall
Nov 2009. 4th Edition. Softback. A4 size, 156 pages. Colour illustrations/photos~~Insignia and History|X ISBN 9781920315535|~316~12807~~
Jack Malloch: Tango Romeo: The Life and Times - Alan Brough~ (Title not finalised. 'Cover' on left is not the book, just a picture & painting we have selected pending the official cover design from the publisher)
This biography is a true life action adventure story of incredible human achievement set against the backdrop of Africa's bloody and turbulent past - a past which has been largely forgotten by the rest of the world. After flying spitfires in WW2, Jack Malloch went onto being a pioneering aviator who ran numerous clandestine airlines in Africa in the early post-independent years where he was involved in gun-running against the encroachment of Communism, basically being involved wherever mercenaries were in Africa - The Congo, Yemen, Biafra, Comoros, Dahomey and the Seychelles. He actively fought against the UN, yet was in the pay of both the CIA and the French secret service. He is most well known as the arch Rhodesian sanctions buster who almost single-handedly kept Rhodesia alive through a steady supply of consumer goods, arms and ammunition throughout the years of Rhodesia's UDI. He also piloted many of the long range RLI / SAS parachute drops into Mozambique and Zambia. This 700+ pages book is not a 'Rhodesian War' story, rather its a 'Rhodesian at War' story of a highly active and secretive man - a man the public generally only started to become aware of, shortly before his death flying his restored Spitfire during filming of a documentary in 1982.
Planned publication date: 3rd/4th quarter 2011
ITEM CODE: TRJM~ (Title not finalised, 'cover' on left is not the book, just a picture & painting we have selected pending the offical cover design)
World War 2 Spitfire pilot, erstwhile CIA agent and participant in a dozen African wars, coups and revolutions.

It is a classic series of tales about one man's determination to help those whom he believed needed assistance during a period when many of Africa's conflicts were fuelled and abetted by Cold War politics. Africa was not only the battleground of Moscow and Washington, it was also a remarkable cauldron of intrigue, violence and power play that often overflowed national borders.

Jack Malloch was closely involved with Rhodesia's Special Air Service regiment, including having direct involvement in some of that unit's long-range cross border operations.

The CIA also enters the picture, from their initial involvement with Jack in Katanga, through the civil wars in the Congo right to getting US Senate approval to sell him DC-8's in the early/mid 1970's with jet conversion training for his crews in America - which was sponsored by the wife of Claire Chennault, the founder of the CIA's Air America!

Malloch was also involved with the British Military at about the time of Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and was subsequently involved in some military support flights into the Sudan for Whitehall. There were also clandestine military flights into the Aden desert in the early 1960's delivering weapons for the British SAS in their fight against the Communists. While in the mid-1970's it seems that the British bases in Sharjah were facilitating the sale of second hand equipment and parts for Rhodesia's British built Hunter strike aircraft, subsequently used against the guerrillas who were invading Rhodesia from Mocambique and Zambia.

But most of the 'secret' work that Jack did was with the French Secret Service. The Elysees Palace was linked to a series of events in Katanga and in the Congo (once Tshombe took over) and the French appear to have financed much of Jack's support for the break-away Nigerian enclave of Biafra.

As a result one of Malloch's good friends over the years was the French mercenary Bob Denard. In fact it was Malloch that airlifted Denard and his group of fighters into both Dahomey (Benin today) and the Comoros archipelago the second time he invaded and took the country by force.

Into that mix arrives Jean-Louis Demage, who was in Jack's employ, and who was Bob Denard's second-in-command in the Congo - and apparently Africa's first hijacker. Soon after one of Jack's aircraft was shot down by the U.N. forces invading Katanga, Jean-Louis commandeered a DC-3 on the runway at Katanga's Elizabethville (Lubumbashi today) and forced the pilot to fly a group of wounded mercenaries who had been captured by the U.N. to safety in Kariba along Rhodesia's northern border.

For much of the 1970's Jean-Louis ran the Libreville office of Affretair, Malloch's aviation company which was used to very successfully break the UN's embargo against Rhodesia as well as ferrying cargo, arms and equipment into numerous other African countries.

Jack's flying career started with flying Spitfires in the Italian campaign during WWII, where he was shot down behind enemy lines. In the early 1950's he then flew a Spitfire Mk XXII all the way from the UK to Rhodesia for the embryonic Southern Rhodesian Air Force, and it was in that same Spitfire, after the Rhodesian bush war, that his flying career (and his life) came to an abrupt end in 1982.

He was a very secretive, remarkable and patriotic man who had a major influence on the military history of not only Rhodesia, but of many African countries throughout the 1960's and 1970's. He also had a rare 'flying intuition', which is summed up in the words of one of his WWII comrades: "In terms of ethics, character and flying ability I would compare him to Chuck Yeager".

This biography of Jack Malloch is indeed a true-life aviation 'epic'.


Planned publication date: 3rd/4th quarter 2011
ITEM CODE: TRJM
~~316~13531~Jack Malloch, spitfire pilot~
James and the Duck: Tales of the Rhodesian Bush War (1964 - 1980) - Faan Martin~A very different tongue-in-cheek personal account about a forgotten war. Between 1964 and 1980 Rhodesian men from all walks of life left their families and jobs to fight for their country. They were farmers, bankers, railwaymen, shopkeepers, miners and even Members of Parliament, who every six weeks, changed their soft civilian life for battle dress, rifles and grenades.These are their stories.It's not really about war heroes. It's more about bluestone charged, but still lustful troops coping with fighting terrorists, boredom, longing, fear and death. All this set against the background of Africa's sweltering heat, annoying insects, dangerous animals and venomous snakes. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.The reader will meet a long suffering prisoner-of-war, infantry soldiers, helicopter gunship pilots, tribesmen, pompous army officers, mercenaries and even a duck.Some of the personal incidents will have you laughing and crying at the same time.No matter how you view the Rhodesian Bush War, you will enjoy the humour and at times satire and even sadness of this true account of how men coped with the horrors and hardships of war.
ISBN 9781434319739, 2007. Paperback 284 pages, large font.~Authorhouse, Sept 2007
ISBN-13 9781434319739
Paperback, 284 pages
Large font



About the author

Faan Martin, was born in 1947 in the scenic Rhodesian border city of Umtali. He was educated in Rhodesia and South Africa. During the war he was a cattle rancher in the Manicaland province of Rhodesia.

After completing his national service with 1 Independent Company he served as a territorial soldier with the 4th Infantry Battalion.

During his time in uniform, he qualified as a marksman and served in the Operation Hurricane, Thrasher and Repulse areas. He also took part in external operations into neighbouring Mozambique and served with a helicopter gunship group known as a "Fire Force."

In November 1978, Rhodesian Security Forces attacked 200 terrorists on a mountain on the Martins' farm.

Three days after the battle in which eight ZANLA insurgents were killed and a Rhodesian helicopter was shot down, the author and two friends searched the mountain and found a huge arms cache.

Not long afterwards Rhodesian Special Branch policemen visited the author and his wife Jayne and warned them that their names had been found on a ZANLA death list after a highly successful attack on a massive terrorist base in Mozambique.

One night in January 1979, 12 terrorists launched a bazooka attack on the Martins' family. They survived the attack, but it changed their lives.Concern over the safety of their four small children, the regular theft of their cattle and knowing Robert Mugabe would soon become the new political leader of the country, eventually made the Martins immigrate to South Africa.

After a short spell of teaching and farming in South Africa, Martin became a journalist. He has written 500 published magazine articles and was the Editor of two weekly newspapers, the Northern Review and The Pietersburger. Later he was the Assistant Editor of the Farmer's Weekly magazine.

He now lives in Scotland.~James and the Duck|ISBN-13 9781434319739|~316~11546~Faan Martin~
Long Range Desert Group Rhodesia: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway~"2nd Edition" - re-titled, revised, updated. and re-worked with a lot of new material added to the earlier book 'LRDG Rhodesia: Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group' .The first of 3 similar books on the Rhodesian Special Forces by the same author.
This title offers a comprehensive view of the Rhodesian contribution to the special forces LRDG during the 2nd World War. Covering the organisation, training and operations, it contains the most detailed account of the Rhodesian patrols of the LRDG - as written by men who were actually there. The book is lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel and includes personal stories by well known men, and details gallantry citations. The upcoming revised 2nd edition SAS Rhodesia and the new Selous Scouts Rhodesia will follow a similar format and includes respectively, full nominal rolls, Rolls of Honour, chronologies, orbats, tables, medals, badges, uniforms, documents, maps and miliaria. There are numerous black & white & colour illustrations throughout, and is officially authorised by the respective local Associations.
Private publication. Nov 2008. Softcover, US Letter size, coffee-table quality, gloss finish, 462 pages, 1000 photos,.

As we can only order stock in small batches, there is currently a waiting list. Order now, we will endeavour to dispatch your copy in approx 1-7 weeks. ~~LRGD%3A Rhodesia 2|X ISBN 9780620389|~316~12353~~
LRDG Rhodesia: Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group - J Pittaway & C Fourie~1st Edition - now 'Out of Print' collectable. replaced by reworked & updated Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia, listed above
"Not by strength, by guile". This book traces the history of the Rhodesian contribution to the LRDG Patrols from their formation in 1940 to disbandment in 1945. It follows their exploits in the Western Desert, The Agean (including Leros), Middle East & Balkan theatres. Lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel, including such well known leaders as Ralph Bagnold, David Stirling & Le Clerc. The book details gallantry citations, some of which are in the public domain for the first time. It has a full nominal role & a comprehensive order of battle by rank & number. There are numerous black & white & colour illustrations throughout of varied & rare examples of LRDG cloth insignia & badges.
Private publication 1st Edition (2002). Large format (A4 size) hard cover, 268pp, 600 + colour & b/w ills, maps etc.
~~LRDG Rhodesia|ISBN 0620293462|~316~1479~LRDG Rhodesia%3A Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group - J Pittaway & C Fourie, rhodesian special forces~
Mapolisa - Some Reminiscences of a Rhodesian Policeman - D Craven~The author's memoirs of his service in the British South Africa Police (BSAP) 1948-69. Capturing a colonial era as the winds of change were blowing across Africa. A delightful account of an ordinary policeman simply getting on with his job in the then Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
ISBN 0 620 22522 X. Size - 222x152mm, 216 pages, 66 b/w illustrations, map.
Price on request~~Mapolisa|ISBN 062022522X|~316~1480~Mapolisa - Some Reminiscences of a Rhodesian Policeman - D Craven~
Masodja: The History of the Rhodesian African Rifles and its forerunner the Rhodesia Native Regiment - Alexandre Binda~Commissioned and compiled by Brigadier David Heppenstall and the Rhodesian African Rifles Regimental Association (UK).
Originally formed as The Rhodesia Native Regiment during World War I, this fine regiment first saw action in East Africa, pitted against the wily von Lettow-Vorbeck and his army of German askaris. Disbanded and later re-formed, the regiment was to distinguish itself during World War II in the North Africa and Burma campaigns. Using the counter-insurgency experience gleaned from the Malayan Campaign of the 1950s, the RAR provided the front-line troops in the battle for Rhodesia in the country's bitter bush war of the 1960s and 1970s. A companion volume to the superb history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, 'The Saints', this book follows a similar format, and features over 1200 photographs and illustrations, as well as a detailed text.
Includes the award-winning documentary DVD Frontline Rhodesia by Richard Cecil and Nick Downie. This is the first time this extraordinary documentary is available commercially.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).
2007. ISBN-13 9781920143039. Hardback. 447 pages, 1200 photos.
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~30 Degrees South Publishing, 2007
ISBN-13 9781920143039
Hardcover with dustjacket
400 pages. 26.8 x 22 x 3.6 cm



Includes the award-winning BBC documentary DVD Frontline Rhodesia

Nhowo, pfumo, ne tsvimbo
Shield, spear and knobkerrie
Ndiyo RAR, muhondo ne runyararo
That's RAR, in war and peace
Ndichakutengera sweet banana
I will buy you a sweet banana
Burma, Egypt ne Malaya
Burma, Egypt and Malaya
Takarwa tikakunda
We fought and we conquered
Federation ne Rhodesia
The Federation and Rhodesia
Takarwa tikakunda
We fought and we conquered
Muhondo, muhondo, muhondo
In war, in war, in war
Muhondo RAR, inorwa nokushinga
In war, she fights with bravery

… are some of the lyrics of the Rhodesian African Rifles' regimental march, Sweet Banana … words that magically capture the spirit and ethos of a once-proud regiment, that, barring its colonial past, could, and should have, been the pride of the African continent.

Formed in 1916 as The Rhodesia Native Regiment, its Shona and Ndebele troops were blooded with honour in the East African campaign, pitted against the wily General von Lettow-Vorbeck and his German askaris. Disbanded in 1919, the regiment was re-formed in 1940 during World War II as The Rhodesian African Rifles, seeing action in Egypt and Burma. In the 1950s, the regiment distinguished itself further during the Malayan Emergency.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the regiment was at the forefront of hostilities in the bloody Rhodesian 'bush war'. In the specialist Fireforce role, heli- and para-borne, the soldiers of the RAR were to earn themselves a fearsome reputation as counter-insurgency fighters par excellence.

Ironically, it was after Zimbabwean independence in 1980, that the RAR's finest hour came, when, fighting for their erstwhile enemy, Robert Mugabe, the soldiers of the RAR defeated Joshua Nkomo's invading ZIPRA armies at the battles of Entumbane in Bulawayo.

The sadness and tragedy of it all was how the warriors of the RAR faded, almost unnoticed, into history … Ndichakutengera sweet banana.


Contents include:
The formation of the Rhodesia Native Regiment
RNR operations in East Africa during WWI
Armistice and the disbandment of the RNR
The formation of the RAR
The RAR in the Burma campaign
The RAR in the Malayan Emergency
The Nyasaland Emergency
The RAR in the Rhodesian bush war~Select enclosed DVD version||Masodja (DVD - PAL format)|X ISBN-13 9781920143039|Masodja (DVD - NTSC format)|ISBN-13 9781920143039 NTSC|~316~11632~Masodja, RAR, Rhodesian African Rifles, Brigadier David Heppenstall, Alexandre Binda~
Modern African Wars: Rhodesia, 1965-80 No. 1 - P. Abbott, Philip Botham, Mike Chappell~This book examines the uniforms, equipment, history and organisation of the troops that served in the African Wars of the 20th century. The course of the war is summarised, and security forces are also covered. Uniforms are shown in full illustrated detail.
ISBN 0850457289, 1989, paperback. 42 pages.~~Modern African Wars%3A Rhodesia, 1965-80|ISBN 0850457289|~316~11025~Modern African Wars%3A Rhodesia, 1965-80 No. 1 - P. Abbott, Philip Botham, Mike Chappell~
Never Quite a Soldier: A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982 - David Lemon~The author was a policeman with Rhodesia's elite British South Africa Police during the Bush War days. His first involvement with the war came when he was member-in-charge of Macheke Police Station. Groups of infiltrating ZANLA guerrillas moved into the area and embarked on a murderous campaign targeting both black and white civilians.The war throughout the country escalated and indiscriminate acts of terror like the bomb detonated in a Woolworths branch in Salisbury that killed 12 black shoppers and wounded 76 more, the June 1978 massacre by ZANLA of nine white missionaries and four children - one a three week old baby, the shooting down of a Viscount airliner and the subsequent massacre of survivors and countless other terrible incidents decided him to join the elite Police Support Unit which comprised 12 companies of fighting policemen, most of them black.The Black Boots as they were known, were as smart or smarter than the Brigade of Guards on parade, and as fighting men they matched or surpassed any elite fighting unit anywhere in the world.This is an amazing firsthand account - David Lemon is one of the few white officers to have fought for Ian Smith, Bishop Muzorewa and Robert Mugabe, he is in a unique position to write about those turbulent years of war and its terrible aftermath..
Two publications exist - 2000 B/W, and 2006 Illustrated (photo of cover is shown on left).
ISBN 1902320220. Albida Books 2000. Paperback 320 pages, 212mm x 138mm
ISBN 1919854223. Galago Books 2006. Trade paperback. 268pp; size 242 X 168mm, 32pp black and white and colour pics, map

The author has written a sequel - 'Soldier No More'

NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~1st publication
Albida Books - Nov 2000
1st publication
Albida Books - Nov 2000
ISBN 1902320220
Softback320 pages; size 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm

2nd publication - illustrated version (photo of cover shown on left)Galago 2006
ISBN 1-919854-22-3
Trade paperback
268pp; size 242 X 168mm
32pp black and white and colour pics, map



The author was a Rhodesian policeman during the Bush War days. His first involvement with the war came when he was member-in-charge of Macheke Police Station. Groups of infiltrating ZANLA guerrillas moved into the area and embarked on a murderous campaign targeting both black and white civilians.

The war throughout the country escalated and indiscriminate acts of terror like the bomb detonated in a Woolworths branch in Salisbury that killed 12 black shoppers and wounded another 76, the June 1978 massacre by ZANLA of nine white missionaries and four children - one a three week old baby, the shooting down of a Viscount airliner and the subsequent massacre of survivors and countless other terrible incidents decided him to join the elite Police Support Unit which comprised 12 companies of fighting policemen, most of them black.

The Black Boots, as the were known, were as smart or smarter than the Brigade of Guards on parade, and as fighting men they matched or surpassed any elite fighting unit anywhere in the world.

Lemon fought through numerous engagements and contacts until the war ended with the elections in 1980 that brought Robert Mugabe to power and Rhodesia became the new state of Zimbabwe .

But for him the war was far from over and in November 1980 his fighting Charlie Company and the Rhodesian African Rifles were engaged in serious fighting attempting to keep ZIPRA and ZANLA guerrillas away from each others throats in Bulawayo . Fighting again broke out in February 1981 when ZIPRA forces failed in their bid to capture Bulawayo from government forces.

Meanwhile, Mugabe had formed his 5-Brigade (the Gukuruhundi) - comprising ex-ZANLA guerrillas trained by the North Koreans - which embarked on a campaign of genocide against Ndebele civilians in Matabeleland . They murdered their way through the province killing an estimated 15 000 to 30 000 people.

Appalled by this terror campaign and frustrated by the drop in standards the author resigned from the police and left the country in 1983.

This book contains important information as well as photographs regarding President Robert Mugabe's attempted genocide of the Ndebele nation using his notorious Northern Korean-trained 5- Brigade.~Select publication||Never Quite a Soldier (Illustrated - Galago)|X ISBN 1919854223|Never Quite a Soldier (non-illustrated - Albida)|ISBN 1902320220|~316~11316~British South Africa Police, rhodesia bush war, ZANLA ZIPRA, 5TH Brigade~
Nickel Cross - 'Prop' Preller Geldenhuys~By author of Rhodesian Air Force Operations: With Air Strike Log
A biography about the authors life in the Rhodesian Air Force - a very personal account of his participation in the anti-terrorist war.

"I am always impressed by those who have the skill, creativity and determination to record a history of important events in a readable, interesting form so that the history will not be forgotten and so that others may get so much enjoyment from it. This book by Prop Geldenhuys does just that. It is the result of many hours of effort and research, determination and patience, creativity and sensitivity that will be valuable not only to those directly involved with this period in Southern Africa, but to all who read it. Prop's book joins a growing number of fine, new books set in Southern Africa and deals with the history of various aspects of life in the country and especially life in Rhodesia in the latter half of the 20th century. These books are a valuable record"
Air Vice-Marshal Hugh Clarke Scudamore Slatter

ISBN 978-1-9201-6977-0, 2007. Softback, 334 pages.~~Nickel Cross|ISBN 9781920169770|~316~13476~~
No Mean Soldier - The autobiography of a Professional fighting man - Peter McAleese~"This was the first time I had been in contact and killed anyone. I felt good, I felt fit, I felt hard. But the euphoria was nothing to do with ending another person's life. I felt good because I had not panicked, I had not let down my friends, I had reacted as a professional soldier trained by professional soldiers, and the excitement of the firefight was nothing short of fantastic. I've never taken drugs but I can't believe there is anything which can equal the thrill of battle. I loved it."
Peter McAleese obsessive quest for action and danger took him to many theatres of war - as a British SAS soldier in mountainous Aden and Borneo jungles, as a mercenary for the FNLA in the african bush in Angola, as a Rhodesian SAS soldier in Rhodesia, Zambia and Mozambique, as a South African SADF soldier in Angola .....
292pp. 16pp b/w pics.
Hardback - Orion / BCA 1993.
Softback - Orion 1994, Cassell 2001

Status: Publications 'Out of Print' - reasonably good condition 2nd hand copies available. IE Not sold as NEW.~Peter McAleese's record of servicein the world's finest elite regiments is unique. Brought up in Glasgow's tough Shettleston district ('where the boys from the Gorbals came to learn how to scrap'), he was determined from an early age not just to be a soldier, but to be the best.

Joining the Parachute Regiment in 1960, he quickly volunteered for the SAS and saw action first amidst the arid mountains of Aden and then in the jungles of Borneo. When the SAS could no longer provide him with that intense 'high' of battle, he signed up as a mercenary, fighting for Holden Roberto's FNLA in Angola, where he came face-to-face with full-scale Soviet-Cuban armoured columns and the murderous chaos perpetuated by the notorious 'Colonel' Callan.

His obsessive quest for action and danger took him to Rhodesia where he took part in almost continuous operations with the Rhodesian SAS, including parachute assaults on massive ZANLA training camps in Mozambique, covert assassination operations against ANC personnel while attached to the Rhodesian Special Branch. Later, as a soldier in the SADF, he fought against SWAPO guerrillas in Angola and suffered terrible injuries in an ill-fated parachute jump. But it was in Colombia, again fighting as a mercenary, that he came the closest to death, when a daring attempt to assassinate drug baron Pablo Escobar in his mountain stronghold ended in disaster.

Told with great humour and remarkable humanity, Peter McAleese's brutally honest account of 25 years of almost constant combat is a uniquely revealing portrayal of the realities of modern warfare. It is the rivetting story of the ultimate professional soldier.


Status: Publications 'Out of Print' - reasonably good condition 2nd hand copies available. IE Not sold as NEW.~Select Edition||No Mean Soldier (S/B)|ISBN 0304356840|No Mean Soldier (H/B)|ISBN 1857972503|~316~1481~No Mean Soldier - The autobiography of a Professional fighting man, Peter McAleese, SAS~

Operation Dingo: Rhodesian Raid on Chimoio and Tembue 1977 - JRT Wood~Africa @ War Series - a new series of thin light-reading books, covering specific subjects in general.
Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighbouring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased in late 1979. Fireforce as a military concept is a "vertical envelopment" of the enemy, with the 20mm cannon being the principle weapon of attack, mounted in an Alouette III K-Car, flown by the air force commander, with the army commander on board directing his ground troops deployed from G-Cars (Alouette III troop-carrying gunships and latterly Bell "Hueys" in 1979) and parachuted from DC-3 Dakotas. In support would be propeller-driven ground-attack aircraft and on call would be Canberra bombers, Hawker Hunter and Vampire jets.On 23 November 1977, the Rhodesian Air Force and 184 SAS and Rhodesian Light Infantry paratroopers attacked 10,000 Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army cadres based at 'New Farm', Chimoio, 90 kilometres inside Mozambique. Two days later, the same force attacked 4,000 guerrillas at Tembué, another ZANLA base, over 200 kilometres inside Mozambique, north of Tete on the Zambezi River. Estimates of ZANLA losses vary wildly; however, a figure exceeding 6,000 casualties is realistic. The Rhodesians suffered two dead, eight wounded and lost one aircraft. It would produce the biggest SAS-led external battle of the Rhodesian bush war.
Sept 2011. Softback, 297 x 210 mm. 80 pages. 8-page colour & B/W Photo Section, Maps.~~Operation Dingo|ISBN 9781907677366|~316~13705~~
Operation Hurricane - DVD~The north eastern border of Rhodesia - a vast and rugged area extending from below Kariba Dam across to the upper reaches of the eastern highlands of the Inyanga mountains, and dipping south far enough to include the capitol city of Salisbury and its surrounding district. Within this area lay some of the richest farm lands of the country, as well as a vast number of Tribal Trust Lands and African Purchase Areas.It was into this region in the late 60s that the leaders of the Patriotic Front began their 'chimurenga' or 'war of liberation' in earnest. Their mission was simple… to win over the hearts and minds of the local population and build a platform from which to expand their military offensives and ultimately bring about political change. It was traditionally the duty of the 'first force' of Rhodesia, the British South Africa Police (in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs) to administer and maintain law and order across these rural areas. The Security Forces had no idea of the vast extent to which their enemy was established and living within the rural communities right under their noses. The depth and effectiveness of the terrorist infiltration soon had a marked effect on the supply of information to the police authorities. The information was simply not coming to hand as it had in the past. Despite being poorly trained and ill equipped, the sometimes ruthless methods of the 'freedom fighters' were beginning to have the desired effect on the local population.

These high standard DVDs are reproduced from archived material stored on broadcast quality digital video tape sourced from graded original 16/35mm films and transferred via professional telecine.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).~~Select DVD format|9950|Op Hurricane - DVD PAL|9951 PAL|Op Hurricane - DVD NTSC|9951 NTSC|~316~13576~~
Operation Miracle: Three Bold Airmen - Prop Geldenhuys, Bob Manser, John McKenzie~Compliled by the author of 'Rhodesian Air Force Operations: With Air Strike Log' and 'Nickel Cross', both available on this website.
Operation Miracle is a fascinating story. The Operation consisted of attacks on five well defended ZANLA camps forming the core of the Chimoio Circle that was spread over a large mountainous area of which Monte Cassino was the prominent feature. From an Air Force perspective, this story is, in a nutshell, a sincere tribute to three bold airmen, KIA 3 October 1979. They lie in unmarked graves, God alone knows where. Selous Scout Trooper Gert O'Neill was killed on Day 1 of Operation Miracle, clearing trenches; Trooper Ted Mann was tragically killed later when a captured weapon exploded while being made safe. Their bodies were repatriated and given decent burials. The aircrew that the book honours are Hunter pilot Brian Gordon, and Canberra crew Kevin Peinke and JJ Strydom (SAAF navigator on secondment). They were killed on Day 5 of Operation Miracle, after most of the ground troops had withdrawn from the battle field. Two months later, the ceasefire of the bush war was declared, followed four months later by a change of Government - a Government who was really not interested in recovering the aircrew (bodies) who had paid the supreme sacrifice in the defense of their country.
Former airman Bob Manser set out in July 2007 and not only found the Hunter crash site, but managed to recover parts of the wreckage (metal is a valuable commodity - metal collectors scavenge the countryside to sell scrap to China). Then in November, Bob found the Canberra crash site - and again, miraculously, recovered bits of aircraft wreckage. However, more importantly, when the story broke, Eddy Norris of ORAF's fame, via his fantastic network, flashed the news across the globe .... generated a magnificent response ..... literally from all four corners of our planet. With Eddy Norris's help, the relatives of all three airmen killed in action were traced. Meanwhile, John 'Kutanga Mac' McKenzie, started fashioning a Memorial, at great personal sacrifice, coupled with his ingenuity, to commemorate the event that occurred 29 years ago. With all this information, 'Kutanga Mac' and the author decided to arrange an 'Unveiling of the Miracle Memorial' reunion in Durban, South Africa, together with the launch of this book on the 29th anniversary date - i.e. 3 October 2008 .......
JDP, Oct 2008. Softback A5, 160 pages. Colour and B/W photos~Operation Miracle - 21 September to 6 October 1979. This Operation will be remembered for the loss of Brian Gordon and his Hunter and the shooting down of Canberra crews Kevin Peinke and JJ Strydom. The Rhodesian Army lost Gert O'Neil and Ted Mann. Eleven enemy were accounted for, despite the heavy involvement by the Selous Scouts and Rhodesian Light Infantry.

"Much has been written about the Afro-Rhodesian conflict. Armed aggression continued to escalate, especially with Portugal's withdrawal from Africa. It peaked in the latter half of 1979 - just as the participants to the Lancaster House were gathering in London. Both sides of the armed conflict were pulling out all the stops to gain political leverage at the constitutional talks.

This then is the story about the total loss of a Hawker Hunter fighter ground attack aircraft, and a Canberra bomber, both on the same day, the 3rd October 1979. Even more tragically, the loss of the aircrew was the worst experienced by the Air Force in its entire history. When the new Government came to power, they made no effort to recover the bodies of our fallen colleagues. But, nearly twenty-eight years later former airman Bob Manser miraculously found both the crash sites. The finding was flashed across the globe by Eddy Norris and his ORAFs network.

This all happened between July and November 2007. Congratulatory messages flooded in from all over the world - bringing forth mixed emotions. John McKenzie set about making the Operation Miracle Memorial, while Prop Geldenhuys compiled the commemorative booklet. In doing so, the writer has been reduced to tears and fits of anger occasionally."




"What is it that makes Op Miracle so unique? It was certainly not the first time that the Rhodesian Forces had carried out bold attacks on the enemy, beyond their borders. Nor was it significant in the size of the air or ground effort employed by them. But it was a time when the emphasis was moving inexorably from a bush conflict into a war with sophisticated weapons and technology. The advantage of air superiority, long enjoyed by the Rhodesian Air Force was slipping away.

The crews flying on air operations were well aware that the risks, particularly on cross-border missions, were becoming very high. Negotiations for a political settlement were underway. Only six short months after Op Miracle, a new government would take over the country.

Many Rhodesians had already left their homeland even as it became obvious that the war was drawing to a weary end. The combatants were mentally and physically exhausted and were clamouring for peace.

It was at this time of change that Op Miracle demanded one last, big effort from the Air Force. This was given as always, with courage and determination.

These are the qualities that we now seek to honour and remember after all the years.

Op Miracle symbolises all that was courageous and audacious in the fighting men and women of Rhodesia. It is a tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice."

- Tol Janeke~Operation Miracle|ISBN13 9781920315115|Operation Miracle|9125|Operation Miracle|X ISBN13 9781920315115|~316~12150~Operation Miracle, Rhodesian Air Force~
Parachute Training School - Peter Garratt~ (NOTE - 'Title' is not the name of the book, its what the book is about - title still to be finalised by the author. 'Cover' on left is not the book, just a photo we have used pending the official cover design from the author/publisher)
A very broad account of the role of the Rhodesian Air Force's Parachute Training School and its Parachute Jump Instructors, Dispatchers and Staff. The book will cover the period from its formation in 1961, when training facilities was needed for the new Rhodesian SAS, through the bush war and afterwards up to 1982. By 1970, the school had logged it's 10,000 jump with only 1.39% accident rate. The important role of this unit was further increased in the mid 1970s when the Rhodesian Light Infantry were trained as airborne troops. With the successful use of these airborne troops on operations, the training was extended to include the Rhodesia African Rifles. This vital and key training further increased dramatically the effectiveness of the Rhodesian Forces. The Rhodesian PJI's were quite unique in that they were a mixture of both Airforce and Army due to the critical shortage of manpower experienced in the later years of the war. There were more parachute descents by the Rhodesian Security Forces during the 'Bush War' than by any other military in history, yet the injury rate remained below 0.7%, in spite of the practice in jumping from very low altitudes. This says an enormous amount about the professionalism and the training techniques of the PJI's.
The book will be a A4 coffee-table sized pictorial in hardcover and there will also be a leather-bound Limited Edition with slip case. (limited to 50 copies).
Planned release date: TBA
ITEM CODE: RPTS~~~316~12674~~
Pathfinder Company: 44 Parachute Brigade 'The Philistines' - Graham Gillmore~After the most audacious but successful parachute assault since the Second World War - The Battle of Cassinga, Operation Reindeer, deep inside Angola against the tactical HQ of SWAPO's PLAN army, a need for a specialist Pathfinder Company was patently clear. 44 Parachute Brigade was formed later that year (1978). Into the ranks came professional veterans from the UK, USA, Australasia, Rhodesia and elsewhere, from Rhodesian Special Forces units such as the SAS, Selous Scouts and the RLI. This book is a collection of stories about the founding and deployment of a unit of 'Foreign Legionnaires', from different parts of the world who became welded together into a remarkable combat unit, unsurpassed by any other South African Defence Force unit in their positive and aggressive approach to battle.
Softback, 260 x 215mm. 160 pages. 200 colour & b/w photos, maps.

Two ordering options:-
* Normal Copy
* Autographed Copy (NB - Few signed copies left)~Colonel Jan Breytenbach writes in the foreword:

"On Ascension Day, 1978, a composite South African parachute battalion jumped onto the tactical HQ of SWAPO's PLAN army, based at Cassinga, 250 kilometres north of the Angolan border to destroy the facility, their logistics, and to wipe out a strong concentration of SWAPO guerrillas. The airborne assault, part of Operation Reindeer, was an unqualified success; the whole base was destroyed. 608 PLAN fighters were killed, with many more wounded which pushed the final SWAPO death toll to well over a thousand. We lost only four paratroopers killed in action plus a dozen or so wounded. According to airborne experts in Britain and Australia, this was the most audacious parachute assault since the Second World War; the mounting airfield was well over 1,000 nautical miles away. I was the commander of that airborne assault, which although successful above all expectations, also highlighted many shortcomings, some of which nearly led to a disastrous outcome."

44 Parachute Brigade was formed later that year, with the need for a specialist Pathfinder Company patently clear. Into the ranks came professional veterans from the UK, USA, Australasia, Rhodesia and elsewhere, from Rhodesian Special Forces units such as the SAS, Selous Scouts and the RLI, during the closing stages of and shortly after the Rhodesian Bush War.Formed by Col. Jan Breytenbach, the Pathfinder Company was organised to to provide an independent unit capable of conducting covert unconventional warfare in the border areas of South-West Africa (modern day Namibia) and Angola.The primary mission of the unit was the selection and operation of drop and landing zones for the remainder of the parachute brigade, and to establish OP's along SWAPO infiltration routes. The information gathered from these activities would then be relayed back to Section 10 headquarters who would deploy troops, such as 32 Battalion, to intercept and bring SWAPO into contact.The Pathfinder Company was disbanded in January 1982. The company never numbered more than 30 members, and given the short period of its existence, it created problems for SWAPO and its allies out of all proportion to its size.

"This is their book, a collection of stories about the founding and deployment of a unit of 'Foreign Legionnaires', from different parts of the world who became welded together into a remarkable combat unit, unsurpassed by any other South African Defence Force unit in their positive and aggressive approach to battle. For me it was an honour to have faced incoming lead together with them."


The Author
Graham Gillmore enjoys country life in the natural beauty of East Anglia and the Fens but was born a Londoner in 1952. An innate fascination with history and all things military inevitably led him to joining the Grenadier Guards, and for six months the Guards Depot drilled into him soldiering skills of the highest standard. Graham left the British Army in 1977 to join the Rhodesian Light Infantry in their war to prevent communist terrorists overthrowing the country. After two years as the signals rep to Support Commando, 1RLI, Graham was promoted to Signals Troop Sergeant, but with the fall of Rhodesia to the Marxists in 1980, he moved to South Africa to continued the anti-terrorist fight with the Pathfinder Company, 44 Parachute Brigade. He returned to England still on crutches after being wounded in Angola and joined the Territorial Army. After a career in VIP security Graham is now a leading member of the Victorian Military Society for whom he runs The Diehard Company, an internationally known and highly regarded re-enactment group. He advises and writes articles on the British Army on Home Service and on campaign during Queen Victoria's reign.


Softback, 260 x 215mm. 160 pages. 200 colour & b/w photos, maps.

NOTE for UK Residents: Steve Crump of '30 Degrees South UK' has invited anyone interested to attend the UK 'Pathfinder Company' book launch being held at the London Club of the Rifles, London - 16/09/10. 18:00hrs for 18:30 start. Guest Speakers - Graham Gillmore (Author) & Lt Col Stuart Tootal DSO, OBE (Former CO 3 PARA). Dress code: Lounge suits. Select 'Book Signing Copy' below. PS - there is no obligation to purchase from us in order to attend the Book Launch event, you can purchase from Steve Crump / 30DS directly.

Three ordering options:-
* Normal Copy - dispatch when stock in hand
* Autographed Copy - dispatching from September 17th onwards
* Book Signing Copy - Attend / collect at 30 Degrees South UK organised 'Launch Event & Book Signing'. We will pass your details to Steve Crump for the Invite - we will supply your copy there. (No P&P will be added to the order)~Select option||Pathfinder Company|ISBN 9781920143480|Pathfinder Company - Autographed|ISBN 9781920143480 - Auto|~316~13131~~
Pathfinder Company: 44 Parachute Brigade 'The Philistines' - DVD~This documentary comprises original combat footage from operations in which Pathfinder Company was involved as well as other military footage relevant to this elite unit. It also contains interviews with the units founder, Colonel Jan Breytenbach; its first CSM, Pete McAleese; the author, Graham Gillmore as well as other members of the brigade. You've read the book, now hear additional anecdotes and stories related with an 'I-was-there realism' and see never-before released footage on this company's involvment in the border conflict that strangled southern Africa for decades.
DVD running time: 90 minutes. RRP £18.00
Planned Release Date: (as of 12/03/11) Originally scheduled for Dec 2010. Project not complete - Release Date TBA
ITEM CODE: PC44PB-DVD~~~316~13023~~
Reunion: RLI 49th Birthday Reunion - DVD~The 49th Birthday Reunion to celebrate the forming of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, held in Durban, South Africa, February 2010. Guests of Honour: Lt-Gen Peter Walls, Lt-Col Charlie Aust and Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly
DVD running time: 60 min.
Ordered on Request ~~Reunion RLI 49th-DVD|9647|~316~12925~~
Rhodesia Medal Roll: Honours and Decorations of the Rhodesian Conflict 1970 -1981 - David Saffery~The Rhodesia Medal Roll is the first book to list all gazetted recipients of more than 12,000 medals, honours and decorations of the southern African country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from their inception in 1970. It even includes almost 2,000 previously unpublished awards made between September 1979 and the abolition of the Rhodesian honours system in October 1981.
ISBN 0955393604, Paperback. 2006. 316 pages ~Jeppestown Press, Aug 2006
ISBN 0955393604
Paperback, 316 pages, colour throughout.



A quarter of a century since the award of the last honours and decorations of the southern African country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), this is your chance to own the definitive roll of medal recipients. Rhodesia Medal Roll is the first book to list all gazetted recipients of Rhodesian honours and decorations from their inception in 1970. It even includes over 1,700 previously unpublished awards made between September 1979 and the abolition of the Rhodesian honours system in October 1981. Authoritative: the product of two years' research in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Comprehensive: listing over 12,000 separate awards, including awards to foreign nationals and former members of the Rhodesian security forces Accessible: fully indexed by surname.

With a separate chapter for each award, Rhodesia Medal Roll's large type, spacious layout and generous size (over 6" by 9") make it a pleasure to use -whether researching medals or family history, or simply browsing. Awards are presented in date order, and a full alphabetical index means that it is simple to cross-check awards and confirm entitlements.

A definitive record of the award of Rhodesian honours and decorations, and an indispensable companion for enthusiasts of genealogy, medals or military history of southern Africa. ~Rhodesia Medal Roll|ISBN 0955393604|~316~11196~~
Rhodesia Remembered - DVD~A new DVD release from the Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association (UK Branch). Three superb films produced by the RLI Assn (UK) and Westminster King Productions including:-

Rhodesia Remembered: 45 minutes. Narrated by James Faulkner, Rhodesia Remembered, tells the story of the Rhodesian bush war in the 1970's as seen through the eyes of men who served in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, a unit which honed the art of Fireforce to its ultimate deadly perfection.

The Troopie: 35 minutes. At the end of the war the Trooper, a bronze statue cast to commemorate those who served and died in the RLI had to be smuggled out of Zimbabwe to avoid imminent destruction. The Troopie, narrated and including music by Isla St. Clair, captures the poignant events on a sunny day in September when over 200 members of the RLI from around the world came together to celebrate and remember those that fell and to commemorate the end of the "Troopie's" long and eventful journey with a rededication ceremony in Hatfield, England.

The Nkomo Assignment: 30 minutes. This is the story of the attempt to assassinate Joshua Nkomo, leader of ZIPRA, the military wing of ZAPU, after the shooting down and the massacre of the civilian survivors of the Viscount aircraft Hunyani in the Rhodesian bush. Tasked to carry out the operation, a member of the Selous Scouts, tells the story of the raid, his betrayal, capture and torture.~~Rhodesia Remembered DVD|9339|~316~12587~~
Rhodesia: Aviation Scrapbook 1970-1974 - Robin DW Norton~Air technician & pilot Robin DW Norton took thousands of photographs during his time whilst based at New Sarum, Rhodesia during 1970-74. The A4 sized 'scrapbook' is in the format of detailed captions accompanying the photos. The photos have been placed into sections, with the Rhodesian Air Force pages being grouped into Squadrons and the civil aviation pages into Air Rhodesia, Air Trans Africa, etc. Photos includes of all the Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, English Electric Canberra, Hawker Hunter FGA9, De Havilland Vampire T 11, Douglas C47 Dakota, Sud Aviation Alouette 111, Aermacchi AI60 Trojan as well as all the aircraft operated by Jack Malloch's Air Trans Africa and associated companies, Douglas DC7, Douglas DC8, Super Constellation, Air Rhodesia aircraft at the time comprised Douglas DC3 and C47, Vickers Viscount and latterly, Boeing 720. The excellent never-released-before quality photos along with the informative captions will be of great interest to all with an interest in Rhodesia's aviation during that time including historians and model makers.
Softcovered, A4. No. Pages - TBA
Planned release date: TBA (as of 6/3/11)
ITEM CODE: RAS70-74~Air technician & pilot Robin DW Norton took thousands of photographs during his time whilst based at New Sarum, Rhodesia during 1970-74. The A4 sized 'scrapbook' is in the format of detailed captions accompanying the photos. The photos have been placed into sections, with the Rhodesian Air Force pages being grouped into Squadrons and the civil aviation pages into Air Rhodesia, Air Trans Africa, etc. Photos includes of all the Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, English Electric Canberra, Hawker Hunter FGA9, De Havilland Vampire T 11, Douglas C47 Dakota, Sud Aviation Alouette 111, Aermacchi AI60 Trojan as well as all the aircraft operated by Jack Malloch's Air Trans Africa and associated companies, Douglas DC7, Douglas DC8, Super Constellation, Air Rhodesia aircraft at the time comprised Douglas DC3 and C47, Vickers Viscount and latterly, Boeing 720. The excellent never-released-before quality photos along with the informative captions will be of great interest to all with an interest in Rhodesia's aviation during that time including historians and model makers.
Softcovered, A4. No. Pages - TBA
Planned release date: TBA
ITEM CODE - RAS70-74

Below is an sample page to give you an idea.~~316~12944~~
Rhodesian Air Force Operations: With Air Strike Log - Prop Geldenhuys~The author joined the Rhodesian Air Force in 1962 as a young hopeful to attend "No 16 Pilot Training Course" and flew throughout the Rhodesian bush war in a variety of aircraft. The book records the operations of the Rhodesian Air Force during the Rhodesian bush war, and includes a complete log of all the airstrikes carried out as well as maps where these strikes have been meticously plotted, covering the period from 28/04/66 to 23/01/80. This log clearly shows how operations started slowly and built up to a situation where virtually the entire country became involved, with each log entry listing the dates/operational area, names of aircrew, target location, aircraft/s used, weapons expended, and the result/s. There are numerous black and white photographs that illustrate the text, and maps showing locations of strikes, operations, etc. The book also includes brief write-ups about the various operations from 1959 onwards.
ISBN: 978-1-9201-6961-9. July 2007. Softback, A4 sized 296 pages. Maps and photos. Both Black/white and colour editions available.~JDP Publishing
Cover Type: Softback
ISBN-13 978-1-920169-61-9
No of Pages 296
Size A4
Publication Date: July 2007




This book records the operations of the Rhodesian Air Force. It includes a complete log of all the airstrikes carried out as well as maps where these strikes have been meticously plotted. There are numerous black and white photographs that illustrate the text.

Preller "Prop" Geldenhuys joined the Rhodesian Air Force in 1962 as a young hopeful to attend "No 16 Pilot Training Course". He flew during the entire period covered by this book and is thus eminently qualified to write about this subject.




From the forward by Air Vice-Marshal Hugh Clarke Scudamore Slatter

"I am always impressed by those who have the skill, creativity and determination to record a history of important events in a readable, interesting form so that the history will not be forgotten and so that others may get so much enjoyment from it.

This book by Prop Geldenhuys does just that. It is the result of many hours of effort and research, determination and patience, creativity and sensitivity that will be valuable not only to those directly involved with this period in Southern Africa, but to all who read it.

Prop's book joins a growing number of fine, new books set in Southern Africa and deals with the history of various aspects of life in the country and especially life in the latter half of the 20th century. These books are a valuable record, but also play an important role in the remedial process to assuage the pain that many of us who live, or lived, in Africa still feel at this time. Hopefully, they also help awaken the World to the realities of life in Southern Africa in the 20th/21st centuries."



As Group Captain Tol Janeke writes in the introduction:

"... He has painstakingly and methodically recorded the history, not only of the airmen who were privileged to fly the aircraft involved in the air strikes, but so many others.

... Here are the names of soldiers, policemen and internal affairs, men and women who added to the often unheralded courage behind the exciting story of these air strikes. The troops on the ground and those that flew in our aircraft with us, some of whom hated leaving their own familiar environment on the ground and in the bush. .....


To those historians and collectors of militaria, this book is one that fills in much detail.

....... It shows how operations started slowly and built up to a situation where virtually the entire country became involved. The mass of little numbered dots on the maps shows the position of widespread strikes in all the operational areas." ~Select edition||Rhodesian Air Force Operations (B/W)|ISBN 9781920169619|Rhodesian Air Force Operations (Colour)|X ISBN 9781920169619colour|~316~11509~Rhodesian Air Force, raf~
Rhodesian Air Training Group - Garyth Hart~(Title not finalised, the above is to indicate what the book is about.)
The Rhodesian Air Training Group (RATG) started in early 1940 with the arrival of around 360 pilots, technicians, wireless operators and mechanics from the UK. The aim was to train personnel who mostly went to serve in one of the three newly created Rhodesian Squadrons. They were :-237 (Rhodesia) Squadron, a fighter squadron that was initially based in East & North Africa and then later in Italy & France. 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron, also a fighter squadron, based in southern England. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron, the first squadron to go operational with Lancaster bombers, also based in southern England. By April 1941, the RATG comprised of 9 separate schools in Rhodesia, for training pilots, bomb aimers, air gunners and instructors.
Garyth Hart, ex BSAP GC, is at present researching the possibility of writing a book on the Rhodesian Air Training Group. If you have info that you are willing to contribute - photos, logbooks, documents, reminiscences etc relating to this group (instructors, pilots, aircrews, soldiers, maintenance/supply teams, friends & family), please email Garyth - Garyth . Hart [at] Pearson . com

Planned release date: TBA
ITEM CODE: RATG~~~316~13349~~
Rhodesian Bush War Poster - Dudley Wall~This detailed poster was originally designed by Dudley Wall, author of Insignia and History of the Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890-1980 (listed above). With a background theme reproduced from an actual Rhodesian Army camouflage cloth, the poster shows the various armed forces badges & insignias, weapons etc spread around a central map of Rhodesia. It is a great conversation piece and completely unique.
Approx. 445mm x 620mm - A2 size~This detailed poster was originally designed by Dudley Wall, author of Insignia and History of the Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890-1980 (listed on this site). With a background theme reproduced from an actual Rhodesian Army camouflage cloth, the poster shows the various armed forces badges & insignias, weapons etc spread around a central map of Rhodesia. It is a great conversation piece and completely unique.
Approx. 445mm x 620mm - A2 size

~Rhodesian Bush War Poster|10049|~316~13586~~
Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour 1966-1981 - A Haggett & G van Tonder~FROM THE ORIGINAL BY DR J.R.T.WOOD

The dreams for which young heroes died
How cheap they seem today -
Except to those who loved so much
And watched them march away
We live because they died, and yet
They live if we do not forget

The intention of this publication is to honour all who lost their lives in action, or while on active service, with the Rhodesian Security Forces during the period 1966-1981. This publication represents the single most comprehensive Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour covering the so-called Rhodesian Bush War. Many people have researched the casualties of the Rhodesian Bush War and it is highly unlikely that a single researcher will ever compile a definitive list of all those who perished. Dr J.R.T. Wood produced the first 'most comprehensive' Roll of Honour of the Rhodesian Combined Forces while many others, including Gerry van Tonder and Adrian Haggett, have used his Roll as a base for expansion, correction and addition. It is, therefore, thanks to Dr Wood's original work that the Roll of Honour has been improved to this point.
Hardback with dust jacket

One off Special offer - Order and pay by 11 November 2011 for dispatch January 2012.~~Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour|10122|~316~13798~~
Rhodesian Forces 1 & 2 - Double DVD set~An overview of key security forces and events / operations during the Rhodesian Bush War.
Rhodesian Forces One - DVD 1 - 71 Minutes, Mono
'Pamwe Chete' - The story of what it took to be a Selous Scout, with introduction and commentary from Lt. Col.Ron Reid-Daly
'Mkushi/Westland Report' - the famous 'Green Leader' external raid into Zambia
'The Saints' - the Rhodesian Light Infantry 1974
'Chimoio Report' - the external operation into Mozambique
'Chaplain to the Forces' - the Rhodesian Corps of Chaplains with the Rev. Norman Wood
Rhodesian Forces Two - DVD 2 - 76 minutes, Mono
'They Who Dare' - C Squadron, 22 SAS in Rhodesia
'Mapai Report' - The external operation into Mozambique
'A Pride of Eagles' - On Exercise Vanguard, with the Rhodesian Air Force
'Black Boots' - the BSAP Support Unit
'A War on Words' - a public awareness film about the dangers of 'loose talk'

These high standard DVDs are reproduced from archived material stored on broadcast quality digital video tape sourced from graded original 16/35mm films and transferred via professional telecine.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).~~Select DVD format|9940|Rhodesian Forces 1 & 2 - DVD PAL|9941 PAL|Rhodesian Forces 1 & 2 - DVD NTSC|9941 NTSC|~316~12803~~
Rhodesian Forces: A Tribute in Sound - CD~This compilation of Regimental Marches and Songs as well as original battle sound effects was digitally re-mastered from original recordings. It is the result of lengthy searching, the goodwill of collectors and a pride in the legacy that the Rhodesian Forces left to the world. It is a tribute in sound to the men and women of all races who committed themselves to the cause of history, many of whom paid the supreme price in defence of their beliefs. It contains several original tracks only available on this CD. Forces represented are:- British South Africa Police, Rhodesian African Rifles, Rhodesian Corps of Signals, Rhodesian Light Infantry, Rhodesian Special Air Service, Selous Scouts, Rhodesia Regiment, and the Rhodesian Air Force.
CD - approx 70 min. 26 songs~This compilation of Regimental Marches and Songs as well as original battle sound effects was digitally re-mastered from original recordings. It is the result of lengthy searching, the goodwill of collectors and a pride in the legacy that the Rhodesian Forces left to the world. It is a tribute in sound to the men and women of all races who committed themselves to the cause of history, many of whom paid the supreme price in defence of their beliefs. It contains several original tracks only available on this CD.
Tracks on the CD:-
  1. 'The Msasas are Turning' - 'When the winter has gone, and time has moved on, the memory will never grow tired...' A nostalgic song from Clem Tholet. 2.30
  2. 'Rhodesians Bold' - A march originally composed by BSAP Bandmaster Charles Warren-Day in 1918 and dedicated to all the members of the Rhodesian Forces. 1.16
  3. 'Kum-a-Kye' - The Regimental March of the BSAP and a favourite played by the band on all occasions. The band was a popular part of the BSAP structure from the very earliest days of inception. 1.40
  4. 'Sweet Banana' - RAR - An ORIGINAL RECORDING of the men of the Rhodesian African Rifles as they sing an impromptu rendition of their Regimental March at Shaw Barracks in Balla Balla. 2.27
  5. Rhodesian African Rifles on parade - A musical montage of the various company songs as sung by the men whilst parading on the drill square at the barracks. ORIGINAL RECORDING. 3.04
  6. 'Sweet Banana' - Rhodesian Corps of Signals Band - The Regimental March 'Sweet Banana' came about during WW 2 when RAR troops escorting Italian prisoners of war bought bananas from vendors in Durban. 2.12
  7. RAR Jazz Band - A live ORIGINAL recording of a performance by the RAR 'Dixieland' Jazz Band in 1978. 2.26
  8. 'The Happy Wanderer' - This march was an arrangement by Roger Barsotti of a German folk song and was the march played at the passing out parades of the new troops having completed their initial training at Llewllyn Barracks near Bulawayo. 2.54
  9. Rhodesian Light Infantry on parade - On the 17th October 1980, the men of the RLI assembled for the last time on the parade square at Cranborne Barracks to finally lay up their Regimental Colours. 0.31
  10. 'The Rhodesian Light Infantry' - Composed especially for the RLI by Major Frank Sutton, this slow march was renamed 'The Incredibles' after the comment from Prime Minister Ian Smith in reference to the calibre of the men of the Regiment at the time. 1.58
  11. 'When The Saints Go Marching In' - Soon after its birth, the RLI had a piper, L/Cpl McMartin who would pipe for the commando, and 'The Saints' was one of tunes he used to play for the troopies. This arrangement by Major Frank Sutton was later officially adopted as the Regimental March of the RLI. 1.11
  12. Fireforce - A description of the Fireforce concept pioneered by the RLI in conjunction with the Rhodesian Air Force. The sounds heard are from historic recordings of live combat operations during the bush war. Narrated by Patrick McLaughlin. 2.56
  13. 'Pamwe Chete' - 'Huyai Mose' - the identity song of the Selous Scouts, and 'Basa Redu Re Selousi' - a song sung as the men march on to the parade square. These are ALL ORIGINAL RECORDINGS of the Selous Scouts and have never been previously available. 2.29
  14. Selous Scouts Roll Call - On the 16th June 1978 the Selous Scouts held a special medal parade at the Andre Rabie Barracks. 1.31
  15. 'Mhoroyi Mose' - A Shona song of welcome sung with gusto by the Selous Scouts when receiving guests. 2.25
  16. Selous Scouts - Honours and Awards - The song 'Garayi Neni' sung behind this part of the medal parade was taken from a Shona hymn usually sung at funerals. 0.58
  17. 'Selousi Shumba' - This original Shona song was usually sung at sporting events to encourage your team. The men changed the lyrics to suit their purpose. 1.50
  18. Selous Scouts 'March Off' - Singing their favourite marching song 'Nhasi Pano Tsangana', the Regiment proudly leaves the parade square at Andre Rabie Barracks. 1.44
  19. Rhodesian Special Air Service - The SAS was Rhodesia's elite Special Force Squadron and first saw the light of day when Rhodesians served with distinction during the Second World War as part of the British SAS in the desert and in Italy. 1.04
  20. 'Marche des Parachutistes' - The official march of the Belgian Parachutist Regiment composed by C. Leemans before the outbreak of the Second World War and later adopted by the Regiment. 2.28
  21. Rhodesian SAS disband - A telegram from 22 SAS in Britain in December 1980, bidding farewell to their sister unit. 0.26
  22. Rhodesian Air Force Aircraft - The airspace over New Sarum and Thornhill Air Force Bases comes alive with the sounds of the various historic aircraft of the RhAF. 2.04
  23. 'Winged Assegais' - A march written especially for the Rhodesian Air Force, the title for which was taken from the rondel markings on the aircraft. 1.31
  24. 'Vudzijena' - Rhodesian Corps of Signals Band - A traditional African folk tune meaning 'White Hair' arranged here as a military slow march. 4.26
  25. Westland's Farm / Operation Gatling - Early on the 19th October 1978, following the shooting-down of the Air Rhodesia Viscount Hunyani, combined air and ground strikes were made on terrorist bases deep within Zambia. The famous 'Green Leader' speech to the Lusaka Control Tower was recorded from the cockpit of the leading Canberra. This is an ORIGINAL RE-EDIT from the master 1/4" tape of the operation. 25.07
  26. 'Abide With Me' - The mounting of the evening guard and closing retreat ceremony provide a fitting closing to the Regimental day. ORIGINAL ARRANGEMENT to include pipes by Neil Thain, recorded at Memphis Studios, Johannesburg. 2.45
CD - approx 70 min~A Tribute in Sound - CD|9943|~316~12805~~
Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials / Rhodesian Memorials - Prop Geldenhuys~Another collection of books from prolific author and former Rhodesian Air Force pilot Prop Geldenhuys, author of 'Operation Miracle: Three Bold Airmen', 'Rhodesian Air Force Operations: With Air Strike Log', & 'Nickel Cross'. This book should interest anyone who has lost a relative or close friend during the Rhodesian Bush War 1965 - 1980. The book comes in three parts: Rolls of Honour, List of the 40 aircraft shot down or lost on operations (The four crash sites recently found by Bob Manser / Rick van Malsen has been expanded on with more detail), and brief write-ups with some photos of the numerous associated memorials, monuments, museums & shrines. This is a comprehensive Rhodesian Roll of Honour - 1965 to 1980. It is but one of the many that lay claim to being the most up to date list yet published. It may not be complete but it is not the content that matters, but more so those brave souls who gave their lives so that we may live. The input of Dr JRT Wood, pre-eminent expert in Rhodesian history, is greatly valued.
Forward by Dr Richard Wood
"..... In this and his other books, Prop Geldenhuys supplies not just information of where the memorials are, where names of the lost are to be found, but he has inspired others to join him in seeking out aircraft crash sites in Mozambique and solving other mysteries. The record can never be complete, but, with the aid of the indefatigable Prop, many gaps in it are filled. His consolidation of the rolls of honour, compiled from many sources is of value in itself. Certainly what he has provided will be mined by historians henceforth.". Dr R Wood

Versions produced/available:-
- Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - A5 Softback, Colour photos, 327 pages.
- Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - A4 Softback, Black/White photos, 327 pages.
- Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - A4 Softback, Colour photos, 327 pages.

Additional publication - 'Rhodesian Memorials' Colour Supplement - has been withdrawn.~~Select Edition||Rhodesian War Casualties - A5 Colour|X ISBN 9781920315443 A5|Rhodesian War Casualties - A4 B/W|ISBN 9781920315443 A4 B/W|Rhodesian War Casualties - A4 Colour|X ISBN 9781920315443 A4 Colour|~316~12638~~
Sabotage and Torture - as told to Barbara Cole~"When they said they were going to charge you, did you realise they meant with electricity?" Air Commodore Phil Pile to Air Vice-Marshal Hugh Slatter and Wing Commader Pete Briscoe.
This torrid, true tale of torture and sabotage (13 ZAF planes were blown up in one attack) in independent Zimbabwe tells of the bizarre events involving a group of loyal Zimbabwean Air Force officers, and brings to readers the horror, the humanism and occasionally the humour behind the story that made head-lines around the world.
ISBN 0 620 13026 1. 3 Knights Publishing, 1988. Hardback 202 pages, 16 pages b/w photographs, maps & diagrams.

Book Status: Out of Print~3 Knights Publishing, 1988
ISBN 0 620 13026 1. 202 pages, 16 pages b/w photographs, maps & diagrams.
The Air Force that African nationalist Robert Mugabe inherited when he took over as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, was a potent force of dedicated airmen and well-maintained aircraft which had justifiably earned an enviable reputation in military aviation circles around the world.

Aptly dubbed The Pocket Air Force, it was manned by airmen who were a good blend of youth and experience, and the seven years of war had honed it to a fine edge.

Following the British-sponsored elections of 1980, the form of government changed overnight from the capitalism of Rhodesia to the Socialism/Marxism of Zimbabwe.

Large numbers of skilled airmen emigrated, but those who remained believed in the reconciliation preached by Mugabe, despite the rantings of some of the hot-heads in his Cabinet. After all, it was their country too and they were determined to make the Air Force viable and effective and one of the most sophisticated in black Africa.

However, as time went on, the lack of meaningful communication between the new government and the leaders of the Air Force renewed the mistrust which had been created during the war years.

Suspicions deepened and the leadership element of the Air Force found itself more and more cut off from government intentions and direction.

Then came disaster. A group of saboteurs slipped silently into Thornhill, the midlands Air Force Base, and systematically attacked thirteen strike planes, including four brand-new prestigious Hawk jet fighter/ground-attack bombers, the finest in their class. By the time the devastating explosions and fires had died down, half the country's air defence deterrent lay crippled, twisted and in ashes.

Now, the long-simmering tensions were about to boil over. What happened next was destined to destroy the Air Force as an efficient, operational, fighting service.

Suspicion immediately and illogically fell on the white airmen, and eighteen were indiscriminately rounded up and imprisoned, including many who had helped fight the flames of destruction and pull planes to safety.

Eventually, all but seven (including three high-ranking officers, each destined to become Commander one day) were released and it is the bizarre, torrid experiences of these men that ultimately captured world headlines and caused an international outcry.

The airmen soon found themselves deprived of food and sleep, leg-ironed, handcuffed, with some stumbling barefoot through the African bush with hoods over their heads, looking the very epitome of desperadoes in filthy, smelly, loose-fitting clothes; with lank, greasy hair, wild beards and dark rings under their frightened, bloodshot eyes.

Repeatedly denied access to their lawyers, they were then systematically tortured and traumatised into making false, incriminating statements that told a common story: six of the scapegoats "confessing" to playing a part in what they claimed was a treasonous South African-orchestrated sabotage plot.

Their torturers' attempts to short-circuit the legal system included giving them electric shock treatment and beatings, aided by psychological torture of the worst kind: isolation, disorientation, helplessness and death threats.

"It was as if someone had taken a syringe and sucked out my soul," recalled one victim, pilot Neville Weir. It would take them a year in prison before the airmen could prove their innocence. It was then, in what was to become Zimbabwe's most celebrated court case, that the airmen, the new state of Zimbabwe and its system of justice went on trial.

The airmen's acquittal was followed by their immediate re-detention, which sent shock waves throughout the Western world and had British Premier Margaret Thatcher and American President Ronald Reagan calling for an explanation. They were eventually released and expelled from the country that they had called home; their promising careers in tatters, their futures uncertain.

Now the airmen, initially blackmailed into silence by the Zimbabwean government, tell the true, torrid tale behind all the headlines. They detail the deceit, deception and despair; the brutality and bravery; the horror and the hell that continues to cost them dearly and which caused Zimbabwe such serious loss of face and credibility.

It is a story that will shock you, but not nearly as much as it did the airmen.

Barbara Cole is the author of the best-selling book The Elite, The Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service, the most detailed SAS book ever written. The Elite has been hailed as a classic book in counter-insurgency and as possibly the best military book to come out of the Rhodesian bush war. Barbara followed this with a companion volume, The Elite Pictorial, which, like its predecessor, gave readers a fascinating insight into the workings of one of the world's most formidable forces. Now, with SABOTAGE, she brings another detailed, intriguing and true account of events in Africa. It is the torrid, true tale of torture and sabotage in independent Zimbabwe and tells of the bizarre events involving a group of loyal Zimbabwean Air Force officers.

Working in close co-operation with the officers and other personalities now scattered throughout the world, Barbara brings readers the horror, the humanism and occasionany the humour behind the story that made headlines around the world.

As a former human interest affairs journalist in England and a High Court reporter on The Rhodesia Herald, Barbara's background was particularly suited to piecing together the myriad of fascinating facets that make up SABOTAGE.~Sabotage and Torture|ISBN 0620130261|~316~1483~Sabotage and Torture, Barbara Cole, Rhodesian Air Force pilots~
SAS Rhodesia: Rhodesians and the Special Air Service - J Pittaway & C Fourie~1st Edition - now 'Out of Print' collectable. replaced by reworked & updated Special Air Service: Rhodesia, listed below
This fine book traces the history of Rhodesian SAS. It follows their exploits in the Southern Africa theatres (Rhodesian Bush war) and also includes WW2, Malaysia, and the Rhodesia Federation. Lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel. The book includes personal stories by well known SAS men, and details gallantry citations, some of which are in the public domain for the first time. It has a full nominal role & a comprehensive order of battle by rank & number, Rolls of Honour, chronologies, citations, orbits, uniforms, weapons, etc. There are numerous black & white & colour illustrations throughout.
Private publication (2004). Hardback large format (A4 size), 320pp, 700 + colour & b/w ills, 8 detailed maps, battle plans.
NOTE - this book has now been completely redone as a new edition with more material, titled as 'Special Air Service: Rhodesia'. (Listed below)~Private publication (2004).
Large format (A4 size),
320pp, 700 + colour & b/w ills, 8 detailed maps, battle plans.


A brand new, companion volume to the splendid LRDG Rhodesia. This comprehensive new volume on Rhodesians in the Special Air service covers all aspects of the regiment's operations in World War II, Malaya, The Federation, & the Bush War in Southern Rhodesia including actions in Zambia, through to its final winding up after the 1980 elections which brought Robert Mugabe to power. Included within the book's 320 pages are more than 1,000 colour & black & white illustrations of individuals, units, dress, weapons, equipment, insignia & decorations, plus details of operations, Nominal Rolls, Rolls of Honour, campaign maps & orders of battle. A must for students & historians of twentieth century Special Forces A brand new, companion volume to the splendid LRDG Rhodesia. This comprehensive new volume on Rhodesians in the Special Air service covers all aspects of the regiment's operations in World War II, Malaya, The Federation, & the Bush War in Southern Rhodesia including actions in Zambia, through to its final winding up after the 1980 elections which brought Robert Mugabe to power. Included within the book's 320 pages are more than 1,000 colour & black & white illustrations of individuals, units, dress, weapons, equipment, insignia & decorations, plus details of operations, Nominal Rolls, Rolls of Honour, campaign maps & orders of battle. A must for students & historians of twentieth century Special Forces~SAS Rhodesia|ISBN 0620293470|~316~1484~SAS Rhodesia%3A Rhodesians and the Special Air Service - J Pittaway & C Fourie, rhodesian special forces~
See You in November: The Story of Alan 'Taffy' Brice - an SAS Assassin - Peter Stiff~*Formerly titled See You in November - The Story of an SAS Assassin. Updated 4th edition (Nov 2010) with additional information and photographs.
In September 1979 'Taffy', a Rhodesian Central Intelligence Organisation operator, went to London to assassinate Robert Mugabe at the Lancaster House constitutional talks. His plan to detonate an explosive device in the foyer of the Royal Gardens Hotel, Kensington, was advanced to trigger stage when the operation, code named 'November' was called off....
This is the true account of the Rhodesian Intelligence war, told by Taffy, the code name of the leader of the Central Intelligence Organisation's most secret external operational team. It is an incredible story of more than six years of high adventure, of bravery and of cunning, of fortitude and of an aloneness brought about by the participants being aware that if they were caught, their country, Rhodesia, would disavow all knowledge of them. It is a story that if Rhodesia still existed, would not have been told.
3rd Edition, 2002. ISBN 1-919854-05-3 Softback - 352pp; 242 X 168mm; 24pp b/w pics.
Status: Out of Print / Stock.

NOTE: There have been three editions since this book was first published in 1985. Since the third edition, 'Taffy' (whose story it is) has regrettably passed on, so in this latest edition his true identity, Alan 'Taffy' Brice, is revealed for the first time and his photograph is included (His face is now shown on the book cover, earlier book covers his face was not shown). Many other important players in these events who have passed on also appear under their real names. Because Alan Brice's heroic exploits against terrorist organisations during the Rhodesian War seemed almost unbelievable, some people doubted his story and accused the author of inventing 'Taffy'. But after reading this latest edition, no one will doubt the existence of this brave Rhodesian.

4th Edition manuscript finalised Oct 2010.
Trade soft cover. 320pp, size 242 X 168mm, 25pp b/w and colour illustrations . NB: New cover (photo on left) - any copies located with a different cover will not be of the updated edition.
NOTE: 30/09/11 - The 4th Edition has now been printed - We expect to receive stock mid-late Nov 2011.~ISBN 1-919854-05-3 - 3rd Edition - Titled See You in November - The Story of an SAS Assassin
Softback - 352pp; 242 X 168mm;
24pp b/w pics.

4th Edition , Nov 2010 - Titled See You in November: The Story of Alan 'Taffy' Brice - an SAS Assassin
Revised with actual operator's names. (Operators known by code names in the earlier editions have since passed away). New photos included.

Cover pic is one of a series posed by the late Alan 'Taffy' Brice for the cover of the first edition published in 1985. In those, his head and face were not shown.

Alan 'Taffy' Brice (the late - an indomitable former member of Britain's elite 22-SAS Regiment) led a Rhodesian Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) secret undercover team in Zambia that comprised Hugh 'Chuck' Hind (also a former 22-SAS member) and Ian and Priscilla Sutherland, whose Zambian farm became their rear base. Their orders were to create divisions between the two Rhodesian dissident organisations, Joshua Nkomo's ZAPU/ZIPRA (backed by Soviet Russia) and Robert Mugabe's ZANUZANLA (backed by Red China), both rear-based in Lusaka. This true story tells how for six years they led both dissident parties by their noses in a bewildering dance of death and destruction, successfully leading each to believe the other was responsible for their woes.

They blew up, machine gunned and rocketed ZIPRA's Lusaka HQ four times and ZANLA's Lusaka HQ twice. To stir Zambia's disenchantment with hosting the dissidents they bombed both the Central Post Office and the Times of Zambia's and blasted an imperial stone lion off its plinth at the high court leaving obvious clues behind them. When President Nyerere of Tanzania openly criticised Joshua Nkomo, they bombed his Lusaka Embassy 'in retaliation'. In March 1975 they eliminated ZANU's Chairman, Herbert Chitepo with a car bomb. Certain his death was caused by internal divisions, President Kaunda arrested its top leaders and kicked the organisation out of Zambia - this halted the war in Rhodesia for more than a year. In 1976 Brice killed ZAPU's number two man, Jason Moyo, with a parcel bomb.

Chuck Hind was killed in a road accident in 1977, but the team continued operations. Ordered to conduct limited economic warfare against Zambia they derailed two trains, rocketed Lusaka's Shell/BP fuel depot and much more. In 1978 Ian Sutherland was arrested, convicted for the possession of arms of war and sentenced to five years in prison. He was tortured and beaten but they couldn't break him. He bravely held out knowing that if he confessed to anything more serious than possession, it could have attracted the death sentence.

But this was not the end of operations for Taffy Brice. He guided an SAS flying column to Lusaka to attack Nkomo's house. His final operation for the CIO was to fly to London to assassinate Mugabe while he was attending talks at Lancaster House. A briefcase 'claymore' was prepared for detonation at the Kensington hotel where he was staying, but the operation was inexplicably stopped by the CIO only hours before he was to carry out his death mission..

This is a remarkable story of high adventure, of bravery, of cunning and of loneliness where the participants knew that if they were arrested they were likely to face certain death.

And it is all true.~See You in November|ISBN 9781919854366 Early Bird Disc|~316~1485~See You in November - The Story of an SAS Assassin - Peter Stiff , rhodesian special forces~
Selous Scout: The Authorized Biography Lt Col Ron Reid-Daly - Hannes Wessels & Ron Reid-Daly~The biography of the founder of the successful counter-insurgency psuedo-terrorist Selous Scouts Regiment of Rhodesia - Lieutenant Colonel Ron Reid-Daly.
More details of book content , number of pages, photos, etc, to follow.

Planned release date: Latter half 2012
ITEM CODE: SSTAB~~~316~13804~~
Selous Scouts: Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists - Peter Baxter~Africa @ War Series - a new series of thin light-reading books, covering specific subjects in general.
Formed in 1973 by the legendary Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly at the behest of Rhodesian military supremo General Peter Walls, the Selous Scouts were to write their name into the annals of military history as one of the finest counterinsurgency units of all time, through their innovative pseudo-guerrilla tactics, brilliant reconnaissance operations into Zambia and Botswana and daring flying-column raids into Mozambique. Feared and hated by the liberation movements ZIPRA and ZANLA, the Scouts wreaked untold havoc and destruction on their Soviet- and Chinesebacked enemies, accounting for 68% of guerrilla casualties within Rhodesia alone, during the bitter bush war of the 1970s. Uniquely ahead of its time, the regiment-a brotherhood of men that traversed cultural and racial barriers; their Shona motto was 'Pamwe Chete' (together only)-was to produce the type of soldier that earned for the unit one Grand Cross of Valour, nine Silver Crosses and 22 Bronze Crosses of Rhodesia.
"Its members consisted of some of the finest guerrilla-fighting men in the western world, unconventional in many ways, disregardful of parade-ground discipline, unorthodox in their dress, yet a force so tightly knit in the face of danger that those who knew anything about them could only marvel" - The Citizen
Nov 2011. Paperback 297mm x 210mm 72 pages 8pp colour photos, many b/w photos, maps~~Selous Scouts%3A Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists|ISBN 9781907677380|~316~13712~~
Selous Scouts: Rhodesian War, A Pictorial Account - Peter Stiff~A coffee-table pictorial - it tells briefly the story, starting with the hunter, FC Selous, recounting stories of past ingenuities of special forces (SAS), leading up to the formation of the Selous Scouts and the reasons behind the decision to form such a unit. It covers the period from 1973 to 1980. It does not cover in depth the history or of operations, rather the book presents a graphical 'picture' of what life was like in Rhodesia and of some of the scout operations. The photos are predominantly black and white with a handful of color photos sprinkled throughout the book. The pictures are mostly of the Rhodesian Bush War in general with roughly one third of actual Selous Scouts photos of operations, individuals, and miscellaneous day-to-day photos of the scouts themselves. A few of the photos are quite graphic as they portray the reality of war and as well as the brutality of terrorism that was inflicted on the innocent rural black population.
Galago. ISBN-1: 9780947020064, 1984. 194 pages large format, 498 predominately b/w photos.

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~~~316~12266~~
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~The story of the elite Selous Scouts Regiment of Rhodesia, (Special Forces psuedo-terrorist unit) formed in 1973 and abolished without benefit of formal disbandment in 1980, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. Its purpose on formation was the clandestine elimination of ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas, both within and outside Rhodesia. Their success in this field can be gauged by the fact that Combined Operations Rhodesia, officially credited them with either directly or indirectly being responsible for the deaths of 68% of all guerrillas killed within Rhodesia during the war - losing less than 40 Selous Scouts in the process.
16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
ISBN 0 620 06674 1. Paperback, 752pages
ISBN 0 620 05771 8. Hardback, 431 pages

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~~~316~12257~selous scouts, psuedo-terrorist~
Selous Scouts Rhodesia: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway~The third book in the series about the Rhodesian Special Forces by J Pittaway.
This title follows a similiar high quality format to the earlier revised publications - Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia and the Special Air Service: Rhodesia. The book will be lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel and includes personal stories by well known men, and details gallantry citations. It includes full nominal rolls, Rolls of Honour, chronologies, orbats, tables, medals, badges, uniforms, documents, maps and miliaria. There will be numerous black & white & colour illustrations throughout.
Softcovered, US Letter size, coffee-table quality, gloss finish, with over 400 pages, 1000 photos.
Planned release date: TBA
ITEM CODE: SSR~~~316~12678~~
Shadows in an African Twilight - Kevin Thomas~Game Ranger, Special Force Soldier, Professional Hunter and Personal Security Officer -This is a collection of fascinating stories about a life of adventure spread across nearly four decades in Africa and culminating in Iraq. Many of the stories are not for the squeamish and tell of the aberrant behaviour of man-eating lions and killer crocodiles, stories of courageous Rhodesian game rangers who while fighting to preserve the wildlife of a beautiful country were also fighting against brutal terrorist forces. The author relates some of his experiences as a pseudo counter-terrorist operator in the elite Selous Scouts during the Rhodesian War and explains the cloud of suspicions cast over him that eventually led to his sudden forced departure from his beloved unit. He also covers many of his experiences as a professional hunter in the exciting world of African safari. Having also served in the previous South African era "black homeland" of Ciskei he offers an often humorous insight into life during the wayward period. This exciting book of high adventure ends with a discerning look into what it is like to work in war-torn Iraq in the specialized field of Security Escort Teams.
ISBN 978-0-620-39727-8. Nov 2008. Soft cover, 240mm x 170mm. 705 pages. Numerous black and white photos.
NB - Book is heavy - 1kg+, hence above average postage

NOTE: 28/09/11 - Autographed copies out of stock. Expect to receive more in early December. Order now to reserve your copy.~New Voices Publishing
Nov 2008
ISBN 978-0-620-39727-8
Soft cover, 240mm x 170mm
705 pages (1.2kg packed)
Numerous black and white photos



About the Author:

Kevin Thomas was born in Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, in 1950. He grew up in the remote Sabi Valley where the wild environs would have an indelible effect on the rest of his life.

Upon leaving school he joined the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management where he served as a game ranger for close to six years, some of which were spent in the Zambezi Valley.

During this time he met his wife, Brenda, and due to the escalating bush war, and following a short-lived safari venture, decided to join the regular Rhodesian Army. As fate would have it, he ended up as one of the founder members of the Rhodesian Army's Selous Scouts, a formidable counter-insurgency unit.

When his career as a young soldier came to a controversial end he again took up the pastime of professional hunting and wildlife management in South Africa and Zimbabwe. More recently he worked in Iraq for two years as a Security Escort Team project leader. This is his first book.

Kevin is an accomplished hunting writer and for more than a decade now, has been a regular feature writer for African Hunter magazine. His hunting articles have also appeared in Successful Hunter.

"... When the vessel upended, the hippo burst onto the surface
and as I toppled backwards into the river, my last glimpse was
of Tjoi falling onto the hippo's exposed head, I then disappeared
beneath the surface...."




Extracts from the book: Foreward

In developing this Foreword, I asked the author, Kevin Thomas, if there were any particularly outstanding details of his life experiences that should be highlighted. He replied modestly, that he really could not think of any! I have known Kevin for some twenty years and have consistently regarded him as the embodiment of what many of we, his readers, define as the ideal modern man of action. When we attempt to step into someone else's shoes, we often find that the shoes only partially fit. A few of us may have shared some of his multitude of hair-raising experiences with a variety of dangerous game and also during conflict. To have encountered much of what he has, and survived, is fortunate indeed. The fact that he has survived to tell so many exciting tales is little short of a miracle for him and an enjoyable treat for us. His many years as a National Parks game ranger, professional hunter, outfitter, guide and soldier in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), makes him highly qualified to describe life and death in the bush. In 1968, at age 17 he was selected by the Rhodesian Government for one of the few highly contested positions of cadet game ranger, which put him on the track for the many exciting years to come. But that was only the beginning.

Kevin's roots are deeply embedded in the sands of Africa, and date back to 1820, when his British forebears became early settlers in South Africa's Eastern Cape colony. However, like many others, his family moved on and in time settled in the old Rhodesia, where his fascination with the outdoors, wildlife and hunting became firmly entrenched. Growing up in Rhodesia provided him with the experience that only the 'Old Africa' could provide. He, along with many others, saw this gradually disappear with the introduction of fences, settlements and game ranches. The days of spontaneously loading a truck with food, gasoline, spare tyres, tents, along with other necessities for safari, and then hunting wherever the hunting looked good, are now long gone. Most of us have been forced to accept that hunting changes along with everything else in life.

In endorsing a book of this nature, it would be tempting to concentrate solely on Kevin's outstanding hunting skills but that would be selling him short. I would not be doing Kevin's multifarious talents full justice if I failed to mention his life-long long interest in wildlife management and conservation, irrespective of whether the subject is big-game, birds, fish, butterflies or dung-beetles.

His varied gifts as writer, artist and craftsman prove his versatility, a feature that has made him such an interesting friend and delightful company over the long period I have known him.

The concept of 'Hunter-Warrior', which many big game hunters often apply to themselves, is one, which fits the author particularly well. Witnessing the end of the colourful colonial era was a sorrow in itself but Kevin stepped forward, manfully, as did many other young Rhodesians to defend a way of life they could not save. From the initial 100 candidates in early 1974, he was one of about fifteen selected for the famed Rhodesian Selous Scouts, admittedly one of the finest guerrilla Special Operations' Forces ever established in any war. He remained in the regular Rhodesian Army until just before the 'Winds of Change' blowing across Africa brought that conflict to an end.

Whenever and wherever veterans gather, exchanging 'War Stories' is par for the course, but Kevin's war efforts did not end on that one adventure alone. After the invasion of Iraq by American and British forces, Kevin volunteered his services as a civilian Private Security Officer and was assigned to Baghdad in January 2004, where he soon became the Erinys Security Manager of the International Relief Development program and was later made Erinys Sector Manager in Basra. After two years in Iraq, he returned to South Africa, physically and spiritually intact.

Kevin once informed me that he could think of no highlights in his life, but I reckon I could write a text on each adventure alone! As you read Kevin's vivid, firsthand account of his exciting adventures, you will find yourselves empathising with the 'Hunter-Warrior' and may realise, for the first time, just how many unsung heroes there have been among our unique brotherhood of hunters and soldiers. We owe them all our respect and regret their gradual passing.

John H. Brandt. Captain (ret) Alamosa, Co. November 2006~Select book||Shadows in an African Twilight|X ISBN 9780620397278|Shadows in an African Twilight - Autographed|X ISBN 9780620397278 Auto|~316~12608~~
Soldier Blue - Paul Williams~Sometimes you can't choose your own battles. Paul Williams' superbly written memoir of coming of age in Rhodesia explores his experiences as a young conscript caught up in the bush war of the late 1970s. This is a compelling, touching and often humorous account of growing up in Rhodesia and the absurdity of fighting in a loosing war. The ugliness of the conflict, the trauma of transformation, the agonies of conscience of the writer, the beauty of the landscape: all are captured here in brilliant detail. Threading through the narrative is the story of Williams' obsessive infatuation with the enigmatic, sharp-tongued Bianca Pennefather, who leads him on a painful emotional and spiritual journey. Looming over this fragile world is the grotesque experience of the battlefield, where young soldiers like Paul Williams inexorably shed their illusions and lost their youth.
ISBN-13: 978-0868547145. July 2008. Softcover, 410 pages~David Philip Publishers, New Africa Books
ISBN-13: 978-0868547145
May/July 2008
Softcover, 410 pages



The Book
Sometimes you can't choose your own battles. Paul Williams' superbly written memoir of coming of age in Rhodesia explores his experiences as a young conscript caught up in the bush war of the late 1970s. This is a compelling, touching and often humorous account of growing up in Rhodesia and the absurdity of fighting in a loosing war. The ugliness of the conflict, the trauma of transformation, the agonies of conscience of the writer, the beauty of the landscape: all are captured here in brilliant detail. Threading through the narrative is the story of Williams' obsessive infatuation with the enigmatic, sharp-tongued Bianca Pennefather, who leads him on a painful emotional and spiritual journey. Looming over this fragile world is the grotesque experience of the battlefield, where young soldiers like Paul Williams inexorably shed their illusions and lost their youth.

A brilliant, captivating and deeply moving coming-of-age memoir set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian bush war of the 1970s. Paul Williams's writing sparkles with wit, irony and pathos as he explores the appalling truths of the battlefield, and the fragile world of romantic love.



Reviews
"A vivid story of coming of age in a country falling apart, told with wry, dry, self-deprecating honesty."
Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Wizard of Earthsea and Left Hand of Darkness

"Paul Williams' memoir of his childhood in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) is a wonderfully readable and informative story that weaves together a number of themes: The country's tragic history, first as a British colony, followed by the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Ian Smith's all-white government, and the brutal war that inevitably followed before a majority government could be installed, are all vividly portrayed. The author's 'coming of age' experiences as a Medic in the Rhodesian Army paint a picture of the horrors and ultimate futility of war, but also of the many moments of poignancy, humanity and even humour. But the central thread running through the book is the inner experiences of a sensitive soul, navigating through childhood and the demands and challenges of young adulthood, full of idealism and romantic yearnings. His love for the girl he had idealised, and the story of unrequited love that unfolds, before it is ultimately resolved, is told wistfully and touchingly.
Altogether this is an impressive memoir that tells a very human and moving story, while at the same time brilliantly evoking the historical, social and cultural milieu that was Rhodesia."
D. H. Liknaitzky

"Best Reads of 2008: The past few years have seen a slew of books about the Rhodesian Bush War and - following on from that - Zimbabwe's sad decline from the great hope of a post-independent Africa to a bankrupt, pariah state shunned by the Western world. Author Paul Williams's coming-of-age memoir, Soldier Blue, must rank among the best of these - a lucid, insightful and unflinchingly honest account of what it was like growing up during the last days of white rule."
Anthony Stidolph - Weekend Witness (KZN, South Africa, Nov. 2008)

"Wars, as this compelling coming-of-age memoir - set during the last days of white rule in Rhodesia - reminds us, do not necessarily end when the guns fall silent or the politicians declare them to be over. The aftershocks continue to reverberate for those that have survived them as they struggle to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives.
Although written almost 30 years after the events described, author Paul Williams's memory remains clear and his account of the bravery and foolishness, the stoicism and cruelty and the general dislocation of wartime remains vivid and real.
In recalling his not always smooth passage from a callow, love-lorn youth hopelessly infatuated with an unattainable beauty to a war-weary, disillusioned adult, he does not always paint himself in a heroic light. His book is also more than just the usual nostalgic trawl down memory lane. For one thing he is too honest.
By his own admission a somewhat reluctant soldier, Williams perfectly captures the prevailing air of unreality with his description of his stint, as a medic, at Vila Salazar, a remote, godforsaken, heavily fortified military garrison situated in a no-go zone on the Mozambique border. Left very much to their own devices, its scruffy, laconic residents had long since dispensed with any semblance of military etiqutte or discipline and reverted to their traditional beer and braai lifestyle while the shells continued to explode around them.
As is the case in conflicts of this sort it is often the defenceless who suffer the most. Transferred back to his old company, now on operations in the Matobo Hills, Williams's moment of personal crisis arrived when he was forced to witness the cold-blooded shooting of an unarmed civilian suspected, on the flimsiest of evidence, of being a "terrorist collaborator". Sickened by the casual brutality of this act he attempted to lay a charge against his gung-ho Commanding Officer (who, in another incident, had "accidentally" shot one of his own black soldiers while on a training exercise) - a brave but ultimately futile gesture which saw him being hastily re-assigned to another unit.
If this makes the book sound a trifle sombre it is anything but. Williams is a sharp and funny observer with a style that manages to be both tongue-in-cheek and buttonholing at the same time while possessing the kind of wry intelligence that makes you glad he was around to keep tabs on events.
Vividly evocative, this is a wise, colourful and at times touching account of what it was like growing up in a country torn apart by war."
Anthony Stidolph, The Witness

The Author
Paul Williams was born in England but grew up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He completed his PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and has lived and taught in South Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the USA. In 2001 his mystery novel 'The Secret of Old Mukiwa' won the Zimbabwe International Book Fair prize for young adult fiction. He is Professor of English and Humanities at South Florida Community College and lives in the USA with his wife and son.~Soldier Blue|ISBN-13 9780868547145|~316~12634~~
Special Air Service Rhodesia: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway~The "2nd Edition" - re-titled, revised, updated. and re-worked with a lot of new material added to the earlier 2004 publication SAS Rhodesia: Rhodesians and the Special Air Service - J Pittaway & C Fourie
This title has been lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel and includes personal stories by well known men, and details gallantry citations. It includes full nominal rolls, Rolls of Honour, chronologies, orbats, tables, medals, badges, uniforms, documents, maps and miliaria. There are numerous black & white & colour illustrations throughout.
Oct 2009. Soft cover, US Letter size, coffee-table quality, gloss finish, with over 400 pages, 1000 photos.

As we can only order stock in small batches direct from the author, sometimes there's a waiting list. Order now, we will endeavour to dispatch your copy in approx 1-7 weeks. ~~SAS%3A Rhodesia 2|X ISBN 9780981432120|~316~12677~~
Stick Leader: Revised Edition - Charlie Warren~Formally titled 'At the Going Down of the Sun' (un-official incomplete edition, 2006) - Re-edited & re-published "officially" as 'Stick Leader: RLI' in 2007 but this version still contains many typos / and is very badly edited. Now this work has been provisionally re-titled as 'Stick Leader: Revised Edition' and is currently being revised, updated with inclusion of new chapters plus several new photos (2011 /2012).
This is Charlie Warren's account of his service in the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) from 1974 -1980. You will be swept into a vacarious experience of the daily life of a member of this highly effective, elite unit that was involved in most of the hottest action during the Rhodesian war. Charlie relates tales, using the language and slang from that time, during his service with 3 Commando (The Lovers), RLI in their Fire Force role as well as of his (reluctant) qualification as a parachutist at 1 Parachute Battalion (SADF) and his further qualification as a despatcher. His stories of barracks life are interesting but he speaks extensively the stories of combat and operations. He takes you along with him in the K-Car helicopter gunship, and into contact on the ground. You feel the exhaustion and frustration of combat, the regret and sadness at the loss of comrades. As you share his experiences you will understand his conflicted feelings about his decision not to permit the execution of Robert Mugabe during the time of transition.
An excellent narrative from a Team Leader/Squad Leader level soldier, someone who has been there in one of the most active units in the Rhodesian war, where it was common to have as many as 2-3 call-outs / contacts a day. A recipient of the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia (BCR).

Softcover, A5 size, over 300 pages, numerous new photos not included in previous editions. Plus this 'Revised Edition' incorporates extra stories, from other troopies who were also in the same contacts covered in the original editions, providing different perspectives as they saw the contacts themselves.
NOTE: 18/10/11 Charlie has just confirmed that the book is on track to be printed very soon.
Estimated dispatch date: Approx early 2012

ITEM CODE: SL2

~Formally titled 'At the Going Down of the Sun' (un-official incomplete edition, 2006) - Re-edited & re-published officially as 'Stick Leader: RLI' in 2007. Now re-titled as 'Stick Leader 2' - revised, updated with inclusion of new chapters plus several new photos.
This is Charlie Warren's account of his service in the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) from 1974 -1980. You will be swept into a vacarious experience of the daily life of a member of this highly effective, elite unit that was involved in most of the hottest action during the Rhodesian war. Charlie relates tales, using the language and slang from that time, during his service with 3 Commando (The Lovers), RLI in their Fire Force role as well as of his (reluctant) qualification as a parachutist at 1 Parachute Battalion (SADF) and his further qualification as a despatcher. His stories of barracks life are interesting but he speaks extensively the stories of combat and operations. He takes you along with him in the K-Car helicopter gunship, and into contact on the ground. You feel the exhaustion and frustration of combat, the regret and sadness at the loss of comrades. As you share his experiences you will understand his conflicted feelings about his decision not to permit the execution of Robert Mugabe during the time of transition.
An excellent narrative from a Team Leader/Squad Leader level soldier, someone who has been there in one of the most active units in the Rhodesian war, where it was common to have as many as 2-3 call-outs / contacts a day. A recipient of the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia (BCR).
Softcover, A5 size, over 300 pages, numerous photos.
Estimated dispatch date: Approx May / June 2010

ITEM CODE - SL2~Stick Leader - RLI|ISBN-13 9781920169312|~316~11339~~
Sunday Bloody Sunday: A Soldier's War in Northern Ireland, Rhodesia, Mozambique and Iraq - by Jake Harper-Ronald as told to Greg Budd~Jake Harper-Ronald wanted to be a soldier from childhood. In 1966 his ambition was fulfilled when he was conscripted as a National Serviceman into the Royal Rhodesia Regiment. He afterwards moved to the UK and passed selection for the ultra tough Parachute Regiment - the famed Red Berets. Jake was the official photographer for Britain's elite 1-Parachute Battalion when they deployed in Londonderry to deal with an IRA-inspired 'peace' march. 13 marchers were killed - the day lives on in infamy as 'Bloody Sunday'. Jake's photographs are reproduced in this book. He later joined the Rhodesian SAS and then moved to the Selous Scouts, taking part in daring cross-border raids into hostile territory with both units. After the Bush War he joined the Counter-Intelligence Division of Zimbabwe's CIO and covertly spied for South African, US and British intelligence. He left the ZCIO to took up a British MI6 offer to run anti-Renamo Militias in Mozambique for them. He afterwards served two tours with a private military company in Iraq. He died of cancer on 5 August, 2007, aged 59.
ISBN 978-1-919854-35-9. 2009. Trade paperback, size 242 x 168mm, 372 pages.32 pages of black and white pics, 16 pages of colour pics, plus in-text illustrations, cartoons and maps.~Trade paperback
372pp; size 242 x 168mm,
32 pages of black and white pics, 16 pages of colour pics, plus in-text illustrations, cartoons and maps
ISBN 978-1-919854-35-9



Jake Harper-Ronald wanted to be a soldier from childhood . In 1966 his ambition was fulfilled when he was conscripted as a National Serviceman into the Royal Rhodesia Regiment. He afterwards moved to the UK and passed selection for the ultra tough Parachute Regt — the famed red berets. The Paras were regularly deployed in Northern Ireland where a raging war was ongoing between IRA Provos and Protestant militants — with the security forces like piggy in the middle. On Sunday 30 January 1972 1-Para was deployed in Londonderry to deal with an IRA inspired ‘peace’ march, with Jake as the official photographer. The situation deteriorated and shooting broke out - the bodies of 13 dead marchers were later recovered. That day lives on in infamy as ‘Bloody Sunday’. Jakes photographs of this event are reproduced in this book.

When Jake returned to Rhodesia in 1974 UDI was nine-years-old and the Bush war was relentlessly raging. He passed selection for the Rhodesian SAS — sister unit of the British 22-SAS, and later transferred to the famed Selous Scouts. He took part in daring cross-border raids into external hostile countries while with both units. The Lancaster House Conference in 1999 and the British supervised elections in 1980 spelled the end of Rhodesia and resulted in a takeover by the Marxist dictator, Robert Mugabe, and his ZANU-PF. Jake transferred to Special Branch for a short time before accepting an appointment in Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation’s counter-intelligence division. In 1981 he was unjustly accused of spying for South Africa, beaten and imprisoned in the infamous Goromonzi Political Detention Centre. But after several months it was decided that he was innocent and he was arbitrarily released and reinstated in his CIO job.

This flagrant injustice prompted Jake to use his position to begin espionage operations for the benefit of South Africa, the United States and Great Britain. He finally cut loose from the ZCIO in 1989 when, in view of his British Army service, he was recruited by Britain’s MI6 to run militia’s to protect commercial developments in Mozambique by Lomaco — a sister company of Tiny Rowland’s Lonrho — from RENAMO rebels. He did this very effectively, even training a special forces unit for Lomaco which was eventually absorbed into Mozambique’s army.

Leaving Mozambique, Jake returned to civilian life in Zimbabwe for several years but he slowly began to sicken from cancer. After two spells working for a Private Military Company in Iraq, Jake was forced by his deteriorating medical condition to move to the UK where he died on 5 August 2007, aged 59.~Sunday Bloody Sunday|X ISBN 9781919854359|~316~12614~~
Survival Course - Chris Cocks~Sequel to the best seller, Fireforce (listed above on this page), Survival Course is the story of the author's personal journey, covering the period 1979 to 1995, in Zimbabwe. Set in two parts, the first covers the last 15 months of the Rhodesian bush war during 1979/80 whilst serving in the Rhodesian PATU (Police Anti Terrorst Unit). The second part cover's the author clumsy attempts to deal with civilian life in the newly independent, black African state.
ISBN 0 620 24115 2. Softback, 209 pages, b/w photos, drawings

NOTE - this book has now been re-worked as 'Out of Action'. Available under Rhodesia - Autobographies~~Survival Course|ISBN 0620241152|~316~1465~Survival Course, Chris Cocks, Rhodesian PATU Police Anti Terrorst Unit, bush war~
Taming the Landmine - Peter Stiff~The first book written on the development of the landmine as a tactical weapon combined with the advances made in the design of mine protected vehicles as used during the bush war in Rhodesia and later in South Africa.
The 1950s saw the beginnings of most of the post-war uprisings against colonialism in Asia and Africa. In almost every case the communists provided training as well as weapons to nationalist insurgents. The landmine, instead of being used principally in its more usual role of holding up the advance of motorised enemy forces, began being deployed as a terrorist weapon to halt the movement of all civil and military vehicles in an effort to bring a country's economy to a halt and strangle the ruling administration. In the Portuguese colonial wars in Africa, the insurgents' landmine tactics worked exceptionally well. The Portuguese found no effective way of combatting them. In the early 1970s, the landmine menace spread to both the South African-controlled Caprivi strip of South West Africa (now Namibia) and to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Both countries were stumped in their first efforts to find an answer, but they found it. A number of revolutionary ideas, including the v-shaped vehicle hull to deflect the blast of landmines, were successfully developed in both countries to minimise the explosive effects of vehicles and to reduce injuries and the deaths of people being carried in them. This told for the first time, is the remarkable story of those developments as well as the historical events that shaped them.
IBSN 0 9470 2004 7 Size 330x245mm, 128 pages, over 300 illustrations.~Galago
IBSN 0 9470 2004 7
Size 330x245mm, 128 pages, over 300 illustrations.




The first book written on the development of the landmine as a tactical weapon combined with the efforts made to combat its devastating effects.

It was the advent of superior firepower in the 19th Century, particularly the machine gun, which caused soldiers to cease fighting in the open and seek cover in trenches. A natural follow-on was the appearance of barbed wire to defend those trenches against attack. The stalemate of the trenches in World War-1 was finally broken by the tank, a weapon designed to crush barbed wire entanglements, cross trenches and provide a protective steel shield behind the safety of which the crews could fight the opposing infantry. The landmine, developed by the Germans to combat the tank, made its first tentative appearance in the final stages of the war.

World War-2 saw radical developments. The British and French hierarchy who still viewed the tank in much the same light as they had in the last war, were rudely surprised when the Germans utilised them in powerful and fast-moving formations with motorised infantry in support, to break through battle lines and cleave through the soft underbelly of the rear echelons.

By the end of the war both the Allied and Axis powers had adopted the same armoured tactics. The unglamorous and inglorious landmine laid by the tens of thousands to combat armoured breakthroughs, or making landings from the sea, had become a major weapon in the hands of all armies. To breach minefields, the South African-invented flail tank and other devices such as mine rollers were brought into service by the Allies and used with great effect at the Battle of El Alamein and later on the Normandy beaches.

The 1950s saw the beginnings of most of the post-war uprisings against colonialism in Asia and Africa. In almost every case the communists provided training as well as weapons to nationalist insurgents and successfully prised them away from Western influences. The landmine, instead of being used principally in its more usual role of holding up the advance of motorised enemy forces, began being deployed as a terrorist weapon to halt the movement of all civil and military vehicles in an effort to bring a country's economy to a halt and strangle the ruling administration. In the Portuguese colonial wars in Africa, the insurgents' landmine tactics worked exceptionally well. The Portuguese found no effective way of combatting them. In the early 1970s, the landmine menace spread to both the South African-controlled Caprivi strip of South West Africa (now Namibia) and to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Both countries were stumped in their first efforts to find an answer, but they found it. A number of revolutionary ideas, including the v-shaped vehicle hull to deflect the blast of landmines, were successfully developed in both countries to minimise the explosive effects of vehicles and to reduce injuries and the deaths of people being carried in them. This told for the first time, is the remarkable story of those developments as well as the historical events that shaped them.



Reviews and comments

A welcome addition to the limited amount of published material on that crucial topic for combat engineers - mine warfare. Peter Stiff has prepared a profusely illustrated book, aimed particularly at the lessons learned during the low level operations in Rhodesia and South Africa . . . the excellent photographs throughout provide much scope for reflection.
Few of us have had the misfortune to face the effects of mine devastation, but these photographs provide sobering insights into the consequences . . .
Royal Engineers Journal - Great Britain

Peter Stiff in his book Taming the Landmine reveals how South Africa, by learning from Rhodesia's experience, has taken the lead among Western nations in securing a highly sophisticated landmine-protection industry . . .The Star - Johannesburg

Peter Stiff, best known for his books on the Rhodesian bush war and the Selous Scouts, has found an unusual subject for his latest effort and has written the first book on the development of the landmine as a tactical weapon.The Citizen - Johannesburg

A well documented book by Peter Stiff, an authoritative writer, provides interesting and important reading.Paratus - South Africa

The book, a truly incredible work by Peter Stiff . . . a meticulous researcher.South African Sapper

South Africa, and before it, Rhodesia, was forced by necessity to find solutions to the threat of mines and I wonder what our solutions would be, faced with a similar threat, because I've seen very little so far to suggest we've given the problem anything more than passing interest.Army (Australia)

I have read with interest Peter Stiff's SA Bush war trilogy, Taming the Landmine, and others. It was (is) really stupid of the US forces to use those unarmoured and makeshift-armoured Humvees in Iraq. We should have bought Casspirs or at least licensed production of them. Robert Starnes Pleasanton, CA 94588 United States 44

I can't help thinking that the British and American forces in Iraq would do better with Casspirs than their soft-skinned Land-Rovers and Humvees. I have written to every National newspaper and TV broadcaster in the UK to try to publicise this fact without an answer. Graham Smith, Poole UK

If you don't have this book or have not read it, you are simply not on top of the world of the mine, countermine and counter-ambush. This book should be purchased en mass by the US Army and made a standard student text at the Combat Engineer School. Peter Stiff shows how the armies in the southern African area SOLVED the landmine, automatic weapons fire ambush, and if we want to avoid learning the same lessons all over again at a high cost in destroyed lives, we should read and heed this book's ideas into our own army. This is NOT being done as combat engineering concerns have been marginalised by armor/infantry branch officers dominating decision-making even though the landmine is the biggest killer of our soldiers since Vietnam. Sam Damon Jr - Fort Bragg, NC, USA.

A very good illustrated book on landmine-protected vehicles. Peter Stiff has written an excellent account of the evolution of landmine-protected vehicles in southern Africa. Apart from an initial section on early armoured vehicles and their protective capabilities, the book focuses on the development thru trial, error and experience of mine protected vehicles firstly in Rhodesia in response to the terrorist mining campaign and then in South Africa as the threat escalated. The book contains a large number of photographs of the various vehicles that were developed and used, culminating with the current South African mine-protected armoured fighting vehicles which are some of the best available in the world. All in all it's a very good read while the accompanying photos really make the book. A reader - Amazon.com

I truly think that this is a valuable contribution to the recording of the development of armaments for the particular type of conflict in southern Africa. P G Marais - Chairman, Armaments Corp of South Africa

Defence Minister General Malan has noted the contents of the book with interest and appreciation. Capt H C M Burger - Military Secretary: Ministry of Defence

It has been an interesting experience working with such an obvious expert in this field as yourself. Col J C Beyers - PP Chief of the SA Defence Force

I found the book to be a first-rate account of the Rhodesian and South African efforts at beating the landmine. Peter Cooke - Wellington, New Zealand~Taming the Landmine|ISBN 0947020047|~316~1487~Taming the Landmine - Peter Stiff~
Terrorism Stops Here - Rhodesian Army Recruitment Posters~Authentic high quality reproductions of the the full range of the six exceedingly rare posters that were produced by the Rhodesian Army during the late 70's. On the back of the original posters, and hence not being generally visible, there is a printed statement that points out that the members of the Rhodesian Security Forces are all professional soldiers and no mercenaries are employed. This statement has been reproduced onto the front of these new posters. These posters have been printed with top quality inks on 280 micron photo-matt heavyweight paper and were reproduced by professionals - they are not cheap poor quality colour & thin paper productions. A great piece of memorabilia at an affordable price - available to purchase singly or discounted full sets. Ideal as gifts too.
Each measures approx 750mm x 550mm.

Early Bird Price - full set £262.00, single print £31.50 ea
Normal Price - full set £180.00, single print £35.00 ea

~The colours in the photos have been slightly altered to prevent copying.



Each measures approx 750mm x 550mm.

Early Bird Price - full set £262.00, single print £31.50 ea
Normal Price - full set £180.00, single print £35.00 ea

~Select set/print|10056|Terrorism Stops Here - Full set of 6|10057 Early Bird Disc|Terrorism Stops Here - Poster 1|10058 Early Bird Disc|Terrorism Stops Here - Poster 2|10059 Early Bird Disc|Terrorism Stops Here - Poster 3|10060 Early Bird Disc|Terrorism Stops Here - Poster 4|10061 Early Bird Disc|Terrorism Stops Here - Poster 5|10062 Early Bird Disc|Terrorism Stops Here - Poster 6|10063 Early Bird Disc|~316~13580~~
The Bush War in Rhodesia: The Extraordinary Combat Memoir of a Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist - Dennis Croukamp~Originally titled as Only My Friends Call Me "Crouks" : Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist - (This edition now 'Out of Print')
This is a soldier's story told simply, with feeling, humour and without heroics. It also gives a fascinating insight into the personality of the author, who relates his personal experiences in a down-to-earth, no bull style of storytelling. In his career as a soldier for 16 years, Dennis at first served in an Rhodesian infantry unit (RLI) but later served as member of the elite special forces Selous Scouts under the command of Lieutanant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly. He became an reconnaissance specialist and saw action on all border areas of Rhodesia and also in Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana. The author tells it as it was, unvarnished, seen from the ground-level, no effort to safeguard careers.
ISBN-13 9781581606140, Softback. 477 pages. 2007.
Very few copies remain of the 1st print 'Only My Friends Call Me "Crouks" ' - also available to order (use Select dropdown below)

*** A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ ***
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~Paladin Press USA, 2007
(First published in South Africa, Mar 2006, reprinted 2nd Edition Feb 2007 - titled as 'Only My Friends Call Me "Crouks" : Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist')
ISBN-13 9781581606140
Softback, 464 pages



This is not a book for the faint hearted!
The language is the language of the young men who were engaged in the bush war in Rhodesia in the sixties and seventies and will unquestionably shock the majority of the readers - so will the graphic descriptions of many of the encounters described by Dennis Croukamp.
It is, however, the finest soldier's story that I have ever come across - the story of a courageous and extraordinary young man who joined the Rhodesian Army to fight and who, over a period of sixteen years, never stopped fighting.


K R Coster
Lieutenant General (retired)
2004


This is a soldier's story told simply, with feeling, humour and without heroics. It also gives a fascinating insight into the personality of the author, who relates his personal experiences in a down-to-earth, no bull style of storytelling. After 35 years the Rhodesian bush war has been largely forgotten, but the author's front line account will rekindle the memories and depict the bush war from a squaddie's point of view.

Dennis Croukamp was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and lived an idyllic life in the bush. As a young boy he spent his free time fishing and hunting and had shot his first buck at the age of seven. After leaving school he was called up to do his national service and thereafter in January 1965 enlisted in the Rhodesian Light Infantry as a Private. He served in the Rhodesian Army until 1980, rising through the ranks to eventually retire with the rank of Warrant Officer.

In his career as a soldier, Dennis at first served in an infantry unit, but later served as member of the elite Selous Scouts under the command of Lieutanant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly. During the late 1960's the Rhodesian bush war started and ZANU and ZAPU guerillas infiltrated into the country. As a member of the armed forces, Dennis was often involved in skirmishes with the guerrillas. In 1970, not only did he become the most junior rank officer to be awarded the Rhodesian Bronze Cross, but also the first recipient for gallantry and determination in action after a fierce battle.

As a member of the famed Selous Scouts, Dennis became a reconnaissance specialist and carried out numerous reconnaissance missions in Mozambique. Whilst on one of his missions he became seperated from his two companions and spent the following six days making his way back to Rhodesia, all the while being pursued by FRELIMO soldiers. During this epic escape and evasion saga, Dennis had no communication with his base; he had no food or support and had to walk nearly 200 kilometres to get back to Rhodesia.

Dennis experienced guerrilla warfare from its inception in Rhodesia in 1967 until the cease-fire in 1979 and the eventual transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. He had an exciting and adventurous career; was wounded in combat, and saw action on all border areas of Rhodesia and also in Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana. Some senior officers have told their experiences of the Rhodesia bush war, but this book gives the views and experiences of a man in the rank and file of the Rhodesian Army. He pulls no punches in telling his story and the book reflects his ability as a narrator.~Select edition||The Bush War in Rhodesia|ISBN 1920094148|Only My Friends Call Me %22Crouks%22|ISBN 1920094148|~316~11268~Dennis Croukamp, Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist, Selous Scouts, rhodesian light infantry RLI, Ron Reid-Daly, bush war frelimo zanu zapu guerillas, psuedo-terrorist unit, elite special forces, Only My Friends Call Me %22Crouks%22,~
The Cheetah: The Rhodesian Light Infantry Jubilee Edition~The Cheetah is the regimental association magazine for the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI). It was last published in hard-copy format in 1980 at the disbandment of the RLI following the cessation of the bush war in the embryonic republic of Zimbabwe. Prior to this, the magazine, renowned for its witty and informed content, was a much sought-after and eagerly-awaited publication for civilians and servicemen alike, being sold commercially through the southern African book trade. (Today, original copies change hands for ridiculously high prices, being regarded as collectables.) With the revival of the RLI Regimental Association (RLIRA) in 2007, the magazine has been published on a quarterly basis since then, in electronic format, also being viewable on the RLIRA website www.therli.com. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the RLI on 1 February 1961, and 30 years after the disbandment of the regiment, the RLIRA has decided to bring out this commemorative glossy edition that takes a nostalgic journey back in time, as well as highlighting the association's efforts of today in keeping the regimental esprit de corps alive.
Paperback, 297 x 210mm. 80 pages. 150 colour & b/w photos, sketches.~~The Cheetah|10019|~316~13441~~
The Chopper Boys: Helicopter Warfare in Africa - Al J Venter~In Association with Neal Ellis and Richard Wood.
A study of helicopter warfare in sub-Saraha Africa, from the war in Rhodesia (1962-80) to the last days of Somalia. (pre-1994). The largest part of book covers the South African Wars, with a fair section on the Rhodesian Bush War.
ISBN-13 978-1853671777 1994. Hard cover, Large format, 240 pages, numerous colour and b/w photos, maps and plans.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies may become available, some autographed, some with or without inscriptions. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code TCB in 4th box).
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~~~316~13047~~
The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - Barbara Cole~The best-selling account of Special Forces "C" Squadron, the SAS during the Rhodesian bush war of the 1970s. First published in 1985, this book is timeless in content and appeal. The Rhodesian Special Air Service, one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world, operated almost exclusively across the Rhodesian border during the long bitter bush war undertaking deep-penetration missions against insurgents being harboured inside neighbouring Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana. Long before the war escalated and the whole region became their battlefield and they were responsible for some of the most audacious and highly sensitive missions of the war.
450 pages, 56 b/w photographs, maps. (Hardcover edition has some colour photos)
ISBN 0 620 08517 7. Softback ('Out of Print')
ISBN 0 620 07421 3. Hardback ('Out of Print')


Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available in various conditions, some autographed, some with or without inscriptions. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code TEBC in 4th box).
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~~~316~12226~SAS~
The Elite Pictorial: Rhodesian Special Air Service - Barbara Cole~A pictorial sequel account of the best-selling book 'The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS' containing new pictures and stories about the crack SAS unit.
ISBN 0620093765 1986. Large format hard cover, 168 pages, Numerous colour & b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available, some autographed, some with or without inscriptions. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code TEP in 4th box).
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~~~316~13761~Rhod SAS~
The Incredibles: The Story of the 1st Battalion, the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Geoffrey Bond~One of the earliest books written on the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Nicknamed 'The Saints' or 'The Incredibles', the RLI was originally formed as a light infantry regiment in 1961, reformed as a commando Battalion in 1965, and then became a parachute Battalion in 1977.
Sarum Imprint 1977. ISBN 0797402330. Softback 159 pages.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - very hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available. Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code TI:RLI in 4th box).
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~~~316~12461~RLI, rhodesian light infantry~
The Final Chapter - DVD~The Final Chapter is an authentic and fascinating record focusing on the final two decades of Rhodesian military history. The DVD shows the political development of Rhodesia from early occupation and the granting of self-government in 1924. The political maneuvering over the next 40 years resulted in the break-up of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. This gave rise to the African Nationalist movements and lead to a long and bloody civil war, following Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence on November 11th 1965. Both the military and the civilian aspect of the war is described. The tragedy of this period in Rhodesia is illustrated very strongly. One is afforded more than a brief glimpse of society at the height of the war and learns to appreciate the magnitude of the role played by the military in defence of the people. By the late 1970s the 'bush war' had enveloped the entire country and desperate measures were taken by both sides.
These high standard DVDs are reproduced from archived material stored on broadcast quality digital video tape sourced from graded original 16/35mm films and transferred via professional telecine.

80 minutes. Dolby 2.1 Stereo.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).~~Select DVD version||The Final Chapter - DVD PAL|9938 PAL|The Final Chapter - DVD NTSC|9938 NTSC|~316~12802~~
The Long Journey - Roy Banwell~"Have you ever served in the Armed forces? Or have you ever wondered what your loved one is getting up to while he or she away? This book is all about my 22 years in the UK Armed forces. From my training to my finale in Bosnia. From a naive Private to Warrant Officer in one of the truly great Infantry Regiments. There is no rose coloured glasses. Just the reality of the pain, hardship and fun of serving in Her Majesty's Forces. The joys of comradeship and the frustrations of working alongside people you at times detest. The bizarre times when your life is in limbo, when everyone you meet has one aim, to 'kill you', by any means possible. To be able to smile at people and say 'Good morning' while they are spitting in your face. To give aid to someone you would sooner dispatch to the next world, takes a special kind of courage. The kind of courage the soldiers of Her Majesty's Forces have in bucket loads. This is my story, I hope you enjoy it."
Lulu 2007. ISBN-13 9780955542701, Paperback

Editor's note - the author served a stint in Rhodesia with the Commonweath Monitoring Forces, during the bush war cease-fire and leading up to the first Zimbabwean elections .~Lulu 2007
Paperback 194 pages
ISBN-13 9780955542701



Extracts

Rhodesia

........I had been away, adventure training with our platoon. On our return the buzzword going around Aliwal Bks, Tidworth was 'Rhodesia'. Within ten minutes of entering camp I was whisked into the OC's Office, he informed me that the Bn was putting together a twenty-man team to go to Rhodesia. Its mission was to assist in the disarming of the guerrilla forces in the country prior to elections taking place. The OC wished to put my name forward to the CO, for consideration for selection to the team. The CO endorsed his choice and I was left to go home after two weeks away and inform my wife that I was going away again.

.........After an overnight stay at South Cerney we flew out to Nairobi on route to Rhodesia. Landing at Nairobi we were treated with hostility, at first the authorities would not allow us to disembark from the plane while it refuelled. Finally when we were allowed off; we were taken under armed guard and locked in a small room (away from prying eyes) at the far end of the runway. I felt insulted, that members of the British Armed Forces could be treated this way (I told you I was naive). I had visions of us on a mercy mission to help their fellow countrymen to achieve democracy (more naivety). On reflection, I suppose that officials in this country might act pretty much the same, if a large group of foreign soldiers, (armed to the teeth) arrived at Heathrow on route somewhere. After the fuel stop our long journey continued down Africa, towards the troubled boarders of Rhodesia.

.........The Monitoring Force largely consisted of the British, but with Australian, Fijian, Kenyan and New Zealand detachments. In the main the British would go out and monitor the cease-fire on the ground and the other detachments would set up the collection areas for the guerrillas. Once we had contacted the Guerrilla forces in the bush. It was explained that we would be inserted into our areas of responsibility the next day. We were reliably informed that the local population was fully aware that we were coming and what our mission was. This information had been broadcasted on the wireless and in the papers for a couple of weeks. At the time we didn't know that where we were going, the local population in the main didn't have radios never mind local papers.

.........The general brief from the C130 loadmaster was, the plane would do a short take off and then spiral upwards within the footprint of Salisbury airport. He stressed it was important to gain height fast to avoid being shot at. Once we had enough height the plane would clear the densely populated area around the capital, Salisbury. Then once clear the C130 would fly very low, to avoid detection until it was too late for any ground forces to do anything about it. On arrival at our drop off airfield the C130 would do a short fast landing open the back cargo doors and while the plane was still in motion, we would drive off the two Landrovers with all our party on board. The C130 would then accelerate away and take off without stopping.

.........The mission was now deserted, our escort told us that this was normal when any military force arrived, the locals would dissolve into the bush for fear of being killed. It would be two days before people started to drift back to their homes. Our escort left us to fend for ourselves, (they were certain and told us), they would be back to collect our bodies later.

.........We could hear them coming long before we could see them. We could hear hundreds of men chanting in unison, banging their weapons and stamping their feet. They appeared at the village end of the football field. In five ranks they came out of the bush running along in tight formation waving their Kalashnikov's and RPG7's in the air, banging them together and stamping their feet in the dusty earth. The chanting started low and built up to a fever pitch, a second row of five ranks appeared until they were ten deep and covered the whole length of the field. A lot of men at any time, when they are all carrying Kalashnikov's and chanting like Zulu's, definitely too many. You could say we were out numbered.~The Long Journey|ISBN-13 9780955542701|~316~11574~British monitoring forces~
The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa - Colin R Owen~This is the revised edition of "The Military Badges of South Africa and Rhodesia from 1850-1976", first published 1976.
This authoritive well bound large coffee table format book contains 3991 photos of badges, 1152 photos of cloth insignia which consist of wings, half wings and parachute wings with colour centres, and 1223 colour photos, of all the badges issued from 1850 to 1990. This book still remains the top reference guide for collectors and historians worldwide.
ISBN 0620154381. Chimperie Agencies, 1990. Hardcover 215 pages. (heavy book - 2kg packed!)
LAST FEW REMAINING BRAND NEW COPIES ! (Second hand copies are even selling at double the price!)

Ordered on request - please allow +/- 6 weeks before dispatch~~The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa|ISBN 0620154381|~316~12888~~
The Rain Goddess - Peter Stiff~In the late 1960s to early 1970s Peter Stiff was a senior officer in the British South Africa Police, Rhodesia. Internal insurgency combined with major armed guerrilla incursions from Zambia had commenced, but the government played them down to the public at large. In an effort to maintain public morale/ignorance only the police, and latterly regular army soldiers, were deployed on counter-insurgency operations. The government was determined to avoid casualties amongst young national servicemen.Stiff did not subscribe to the view that the public should be kept in the dark. After resigning his commission in 1972 he wrote The Rain Goddess, a 'fictional' account of the bush war based on his own experiences and those of his former police comrades. It was impossible to write it as non-fiction because this would have carried the sanction of a prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. The Rain Goddess served its intended purpose and alerted an amazed Rhodesian public to the undeclared war then raging on its doorstep.
ISBN 1-919854-06-1. 5th edition, softcover; 256pp; 242 X 168mm~~The Rain Goddess|ISBN 1919854061|~316~11311~The Rain Goddess, Peter Stiff~
The Rhodesia Regiment: A Complete History - Compiled and edited by the Rhodesia Services Association~Project sponsored by the Rhodesian Services Association.
The history of the Rhodesia Regiment 1898-1980. More detail to follow.
To be published by 30 Degrees South. Hardback.
Planned release date: 2012
ITEM CODE: RRHB~~~316~12953~~
The Rhodesia Regiment: From Boer War to Bush War 1890-1980 - Alexandre Binda~While this regiment might not seem quite so glamorous as the Rhodesian Light Infantry, the SAS or the Selous Scouts, the Rhodesia Regiment (for some time the Royal Rhodesia Regiment) has an important history going back to Rhodesian pioneer days. They distinguished themselves in the Matabele War, in the Matabele and Mashona Rebellions, in the Boer War, World War-I in German South West Africa, German East Africa, on the Western Front in France and in Salonika. In World War-II the regiment was broken up (because of the savages losses the Rhodesians suffered in World War-I) and elements fought in every theater against the Germans and Japanese. After the war the Rhodesia Regiment was reformed and by the time the Bush War came along there were eight comprised of territorial and National Service soldiers based in every major Rhodesian centre. While virtually unsung they gave the terrorist infiltrators far more than they could hand out. The book has many first hand accounts plus over 250 Contact Reports from the bush war period. Includes Rolls of Honour (WW2 & the Rhodesian Bush War) and citations, many unpublished photos, plus illustrations and maps.

Galago. Softcover. Approx 450 - 550 pages. Over 1000 photos. (awaiting confirmation of final details)
NOTE - Only 150 Limited Edition hardcover copies is being printed and of these, we will only secure about 5 (subject to demand), so indicate ASAP (in Requests/Comments Box directly below) that you want Hardcover to avoid disappointment
Planned release / dispatch date:+/- moved out to late 2011
ITEM CODE: RRAB~~~316~12947~rhodesia regiment~
The Rhodesian War: A Military History - Paul Moorcraft~Originally titled Chimurenga! The War in Rhodesia 1965-1980, first published in 1982, this new version has had a comprehensive re-write and has been heavily updated.
This book depicts the military history of Southern Rhodesia from the first resistance to colonial rule, through the period of UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) by the Smith government to the Lancaster House agreement that transferred power. There are vivid accounts of the operations against the 'guerillas' by the security forces and the intensity of the fighting will surprise readers. Atrocities were undoubtedly committed by both sides but equally the protagonists were playing for very high stakes. But this is more than just a book on military operations. It provides expert analysis of the historical situation and examines events up to the present day, including Mugabe's operations against rival tribes and white farmers. For a thorough work on its subject this book cannot be bettered. Essential reading for those wishing to learn more about a counter-insurgency campaign. The ingenuity of the Rhodesian military fighting against overwhelming odds and restricted by sanctions is impressive but the outcome culminating in the Lancaster House Agreement was inevitable.
April 2008. Hardcover. 234mm x 156mm 208 pages 16pp b/w photos (cover photo on left) - very few copies remain.
April 2011 Softcover 234mm x 156mm 208 pages 16pp b/w photos ~~Select Edition||The Rhodesian War - Hardback|ISBN 9781844156948|The Rhodesian War - Softback|ISBN 9781848845220|~316~11851~moorcraft, bush war,~
The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry - DVD~This original DVD is the definitive documentary produced to accompany the book of the same name (book below) that celebrates the brief, but golden history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry - 'The Saints'. With previously unavailable images from external operations conducted towards the end of the bush war, commentary from former commanding officers, and noted historian Dr. Richard Wood. Includes bonus feature - 'Trooping the Colour' - a parade that has only been undertaken once (1970), with commentary from Robin Tarr RSM, 1st Battalion (1965 to 1971).
These high standard DVDs are reproduced from archived material stored on broadcast quality digital video tape sourced from graded original 16/35mm films and transferred via professional telecine.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).~~Select DVD version||The Saints - DVD - PAL|9945 PAL|The Saints - DVD - NTSC|9946 NTSC|~316~13572~~
The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alexandre Binda~Compiled and edited by Chris Cocks, bestselling author of "Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry (Listed above on this page).
The history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, arguably one of the most effective counter-insurgency units of all time. This was the unit that brought the 'Fireforce' concept to the world's attention - the devastatingly ruthless airborne envelopment and annihilation of a guerrilla enemy. Dubbed "The Killing Machine" by Charles D. Melson, chief historian of the US Marine Corps, the RLI was a veritable 'foreign legion' with over 20 diverse nationalities serving in her ranks. The RLI, fought the bitter Zimbabwean 'bush war' for 15 years, against the overwhelming tide of communist-trained guerrillas. Kill rates do not win wars, but during its brief history, it is estimated that the RLI accounted for between 12,000 and 15,000 enemy guerrillas, for the loss of 135 men. RLI soldiers were recipients of four Silver Crosses and 42 Bronze Crosses of Rhodesia. One of the RLI troopers holds the world record for operational parachute descents - a staggering 73 op jumps - most under 500 feet! This magnificent 544 page, full-colour, coffee-table format book captures this fine regiment with the inclusion of comprehensive listings, written contributions, and over 1,500 previously unpublished photos, illustrations and maps. It is not intended as a definitive history but, with more of a classic 'scrapbook' feel, the presentation attempts to capture the essence of this fine unit - what it was like to be a troopie, one of the 'ouens'.
ISBN 978-1-920143-07-7 June 2007. Hardcover. 544 pages. Includes 90 min DVD 'The Saints' with previously unseen combat footage. Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~30 Degrees South Publishing
ISBN 978-1-920143-07-7.
Hardcover with dustjacket
544 pages. 260 x 215mm



Compiled and edited by Chris Cocks, bestselling author of Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry.

At last! the history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry. We've seen the stories of the more 'glamorous' Selous Scouts, the SAS and the Rhodesian Air Force, but very little about the RLI, often underrated, but arguably one of the most effective counter-insurgency units of all time. This was the unit that brought the 'Fireforce' concept to the world's attention-the devastatingly ruthless airborne envelopment and annihilation of a guerrilla enemy. Dubbed "The Killing Machine" by Charles D. Melson, chief historian of the US Marine Corps, the RLI was a veritable 'foreign legion' with over 20 diverse nationalities serving in her ranks.

The RLI, a truly international airborne battalion, comprised of over 20 nationalities, fought the bitter Zimbabwean 'bush war' for 15 years, against the overwhelming tide of communist-trained guerrillas. Kill rates do not win wars, but during its brief history, it is estimated that the RLI accounted for between 12,000 and 15,000 enemy guerrillas, for the loss of 135 men. RLI soldiers were recipients of four Silver Crosses and 42 Bronze Crosses of Rhodesia. One of the RLI troopers holds the world record for operational parachute descents - a staggering 73 op jumps - most under 500 feet!

A glossy coffee-table, pictorial format with hundreds of colour photos, maps, rolls, honours and awards. It is not intended as a definitive history but, with more of a classic 'scrapbook' feel, the presentation attempts to capture the essence of this fine unit-what it was like to be a troopie, one of the 'ouens'.

Chris Cocks and Andre Binda have accessed a host of unique, previously unpublished photos and illustrative material and many former RLI members have embraced the project, generously contributing photos, memorabilia and anecdotes. Ian Smith has written his tribute in the front and the foreword is by RLI's last Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Charlie Aust. The book cover has a magnificent new painting of 'RLI in Action' by Craig Bone.




Alex Binda

Alexandre Binda was born in Beira, Mozambique in 1945. He joined the Rhodesian Army in 1965. Although he had attested into the Pay Corps, he was to get more operational and combat experience than any of his colleagues. Between 1968 and 1972 he took part in a dozen or so deployments with 1RLI and SAS combat-tracker teams in support of the Portuguese Army in the Tete Province of Mozambique, countering Frelimo and ZANLA guerrilla incursions from the north. He was awarded a Military Forces Commendation. During his 15 years in the Rhodesian Army, he did a four-year tour of duty of with the Selous Scouts and was commissioned in 1979. Alex is a keen student of African military history and has written several articles for Lion & Tusk, the magazine of the Rhodesian Army Association. He is also author of Masodja-A History of the Rhodesian African Rifles - to be published in 2007.




~Select enclosed DVD version||The Saints%3A The RLI (DVD - PAL format)|ISBN 9781920143077|The Saints%3A The RLI (DVD - NTSC format)|ISBN 9781920143077 NTSC|~316~11459~Rhodesian Light Infantry, The Saints, RLI counter-insurgency unit, Fireforce, chris cocks, Alexandre Binda~
'The Saints: Rhodesian Light Infantry' Book Launch ceremony - DVD~The publishers of The Saints - The Rhodesian Light Infantry launched their well produced RLI regimental history book (see above) at a grand event held at the Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, London, June 2007. The response was over-whelming and very encouraging with more than 400 guests attending from all over the world. Brig. John Essex-Clark OC A Company, who saw the RLI through its infancy and is a veteran of the Vietnam war, welcomed the guests. Other speeches were made by Kerrin Cocks, Director of 30° South Publishers and Alex Binda, author of this fine work and the guest of honour, Marquess of Salisbury. The launch featured a half hour beating of the retreat by the band of the Scotts Guards in tribute to the soldiers of the RLI. The last commanding officer of the regiment, Col. Charlie Aust, took the final salute, the first time he has been formally saluted in 28 years, the last time being at the RLI's final parade in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).
30° South Publishers, 2008.
NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~~Select DVD format||The Saints Launch DVD - PAL format|8967|The Saints Launch DVD - NTSC format|8968|~316~11711~Rhodesian Light Infantry, RLI, The Saints~
The Search for Puma 164: Operation Uric and the Assault on Mapai - Neill Jackson & Rick Van Malsen~In September 1979, Rhodesian ComOps planned a massive air and ground strike against Frelimo and ZANLA positions in the Mapai area of Gaza Province in Mozambique. This operation was given the codename of Operation Uric, and was separately known as Operation Bootlace in South Africa, in an attempt to conceal the involvement of Rhodesia’s only allies in the cross-border strike. From a political point of view, Operation Uric was designed to strike a heavy blow against the ZANLA forces based in the region, and thereby hopefully weaken Robert Mugabe’s bargaining power at the then upcoming Lancaster House conference, as well as make Mozambique's President Samora Machel put pressure on Mugabe to reach an early settlement. In total, 40 targets were identified and designated in Gaza Province for attention during the course of 6 days of Operation Uric. These ranged from Frelimo military headquarters, base camps and outposts, through economic targets such as bridges, dams, canals, roads and railway lines, to ZANLA transit camps and storage facilities. The strike force comprised of 112 men from the Rhodesian SAS, 192 Rhodesian Light Infantry paratroopers, 12 demolition experts from 1 Engineer Squadron, and 72 South African Recce Commandos. The force was supported by a variety of aircraft from both Rhodesian and South African Airforces. During the latter stages of the operation, a SAAF Puma carrying elements of 1 Commando 1RLI and 2 Engineer Squadron was shot down by a RPG 7 on the outskirts of Mapai, killing all 17 on board. Because of the expediency of the battle, all the bodies had to be left behind where they had died. After the battle, ZANLA & Frelimo withdrew from the area, leaving local tribesmen to bury the men in two large unmarked graves. Thirty years later, the graves were finally found by a small search party led by former RLI Lieutenant Rick van Malsen and the seventeen men were then finally laid to rest by their comrades-in arms, with a short service, and placement of a memorial cross at the site.
July 2011. Hardback, 234cm x 153cm. 480 pages, 200 colour & b/w photos, sketches, maps.~~The Search for Puma 164|ISBN 9781920143572|~316~13095~~
The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969-1994 - Peter Stiff~This book covers South African military operations during the apartheid years. It includes the Recces manning and staffing Rhodesia's 'D' Squadron SAS, and, after the fall of Rhodesia, how the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts were re-formed as Recce units in South Africa. This amazing book tells not only the story of South Africa's special elite forces, it has also been described as the most important and frank history of South Africa itself during the apartheid years. It is also the most illuminating book on special forces published anywhere. Not only does Stiff deal with military operations but he also explains the political dynamics that prompted them.
Size - 242x168mm, 608 pages, 24 pp b/w and colour illustrations.
ISBN 0 620 24300 7 - hardcover (out of print / stock)
ISBN 1 919854 04 5 - softcover~Galago
ISBN 0 620 24300 7 - hardcover (out of print / stock)
ISBN 1 919854 04 5 - softcover
Size - 242x168mm, 608 pages, 24 pp b/w and colour illustrations.



This amazing book tells not only the story of South Africa's special forces, it has also been described as the most important and frank history of South Africa itself during the apartheid years. It is also the most illuminating book on special forces published anywhere. Not only does Stiff deal with military operations but he also explains the political dynamics that prompted them. It is wide ranging and covers the first counter-insurgency operations in Namibia in 1966, a commando raid on Dare-es-Salaam, the Fox Street Siege, South Africa's intervention into Angola in 1975 and subsequent pull-out, the rise of insurgency in Moçambique, South Africa's reentry into Angola, strikes against SWAPO bases in Zambia, the training and assistance to UNITA, the fight against ZANLA and ZIPRA in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and how the Recces staffed Rhodesia's 'D' Squadron SAS, the fall of Rhodesia, how the SAS and Selous Scouts were reformed as Recce units in South Africa, the selection and training of special forces, the raid against the ANC at Matola in Moçambique, South African assistance to RENAMO and Recce operations in Moçambique, Lesotho, Cabinda, Botswana and Zambia. It also deals in detail with the final days of apartheid South Africa and explains how close the country was to a right-wing coup d'etat.

It was a book that should not have been published. In 1986 Stiff was invited by the Chief SADF to write a history of the Recces, but two years later when it was discovered he had discovered far more about secret operations than intended, permission was withdrawn and he was threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. He had to wait until after the 1994 election before he could again pick up his pen.~The Silent War (S/B)|X ISBN 1919854045|~316~1489~The Silent War%3A South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994 - Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces~
The War Diaries of Andre Dennison - JRT Wood~Major Andre Dennison, formerly of the British paras and 22-SAS Regiment, became the first commanding officer of 'A' Company of the 2nd Battalion of the elite Rhodesian African Rifles on 1 October 1975 and retained that command until he was killed in action on 3 June 1979.His war diary, the only official one of any unit to survive the Rhodesian bush war, edited by reknowned author, Richard Wood, is a remarkable unique record of the intensive warfare in the African bush.
Another fighting soldier, Johan Meiring, Bronze Cross of Rhodesia, said about Dennison that 'somehow his battles seemed bigger, brighter, and bolder. His war was always noisier, far noisier, than the fights of other soldiers. At one stage of the Rhodesian conflict, 'A' Company 2-RAR held the current record, notching up the largest single kill of the war, eliminating 32 of the enemy after a bloody day-long battle on Rhodesia's south-eastern border with Mozambique.An unique aspect of this book is when Dennison writes of being called out by the Selous Scouts to a terrorist sighting, Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly has provided the background story to the incident and, In many instances, adds to the outcome.
ISBN 0-620-13545-X Hardback 1989. 394pp; 236 X 153mm; maps and b/w pics.~ISBN 0-620-13545-X Hardback, 1989.
394pp; 236 X 153mm; maps and b/w pics.



When the Rhodesian Army recruited Andre Dennison In 1975, it could not have chosen better. It secured the services of a hardened veteran of four of the minor wars of the 1950s and 1960s - the Suez debacle; the Cyprus Emergency; the confrontation with Indonesia as well as events, as we have seen them in Northern Ireland. Dennison had been a paratrooper, a member of the SAS, a company commander and a training officer. He had served with the Malawi Rifles and had gained experience with African troops. Thus he was the most appropriate choice as the first Officer Commanding of A' Company of the new 2nd Battalion of the Rhodesian African Rifles.

Andre Dennison quickly acquired the reputation of being one of the most forceful of the Rhodesian Fire Force commanders. He kept a meticulous record of the daily life of his 'A' Company, writing up his war diaries every night and eventually, when convalescing from wounds, transcribing them into a single volume. He wrote in the dry, humorous style of the professional soldier, sparing little pity for his enemy while displaying deep affection and admiration for his men as he chronicled their exploits. He was diffident about his own achievements which were to win him three awards for bravery.

Andre Dennison affords the reader a unique insight into the life of a black infantry company in the traumatic last five years of the long insurgency war in Rhodesla. Dennison's text is enriched by contributions from the records of the Rhodesian special forces unit, Selous Scouts, supplied by Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daiy. Accordingly, when Dennison writes of being called out by the Scouts to a sighting, Reid-Daly reveals the background to the incident and, In many instances, adds to the outcome. Ron Reid-Daly also provides a review of the use of Fire Force, that potent combination of helicopters, paratroops and infantry.~The War Diaries of Andre Dennison|ISBN 062013545X|~316~1490~The War Diaries of Andre Dennison - JRT Wood, RAR, Rhodesian African Rifles~
Three Sips of Gin - Timothy G Bax~"Stewards, Stengahs, Scandals and Strife. Beneath an African Sky - Memoirs of an African Adventure"
Tim begins Three Sips of Gin by taking us behind the veil of decedent behavior and excesses which prevailed in Colonial East Africa during his childhood. For bored housewives surrounded by legions of native servants, scandals and stengahs provided welcome relief from the monotony of their pampered lives. Later, Tim gives us rare insight into the strict and unforgiving domain of the remote African boarding school where status among schoolboys was determined not from within the classroom, but by more notable deeds worthy of schoolboy lore. The excitement of Tim's African adventure intensifies when, as a young commissioned officer with one of the worlds most elite Special Forces units, we follow him into the silence of the shadows to seek out and destroy terrorist lairs in what was one of Southern Africa's most brutal bush wars. It is here you will read never before published details of some of the Selous Scouts last and most top-secret operations. Later with Tim having left the Rhodesian Army, we share in the hilarious absurdity of his service with South Africa's 5 Reconnaissance Regiment.Finally, we stumble with Tim through the intrigues, excesses and scandals of the boardroom of a large multinational company based in South Africa where longevity of service was as tenuous as the morning mist on the Matabele plains. But most of all we share in the remarkable wit and humour of Tim's remarkable African adventure.
April 2011. Softback, 440 pages

NOTE: Autographed copies available. If you would like Tim to write you a personal salutation in your copy, please put your message/request in the 'Additional info / Requests' box at the bottom of the Checkout page.~Reviews

'An enthralling, compelling and humorous account of an extraordinary adventure in a continent caught between the grandeur of its past and the tempestuousness of its present.'
Doug Lambert.
B Acc, MBA

'A fascinating account and an essential read about pre-independent Africa. Although an outstanding officer of extraordinary ability, Tim's hilarious recollections of war and peace are awash with the light hearted wit and humor for which he will always be remembered. A unique and compelling memoir.'
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Aust.
Commanding Officer: Rhodesian Light Infantry.

'A remarkable book, about a remarkable period, involving a remarkable person. A great read.'
Jeremy Strong

'An absorbing and amusing chronicle of a young mans adventures in an African continent at war with itself. The author's light hearted and self-deprecating account of his involvement in Rhodesia's bush war belies the great bravery and distinction with which he fought, and which I personally was privileged to witness.'
Lt. Col. Ron Reid-Daly.
Commanding Officer: Selous Scouts Regiment.

'A witty and entertaining account of a fascinating life lived in a fascinating continent. A toast to the author..and to his three sips of gin.'
Gene D. Dague.
United States Army, Counter Intelligence Corps (Ret)

Could this book possibly be grounds for divorce?! My copy of Three Sips arrived yesterday morning but I was involved in painting my fence and now my husband has started reading the book and he's done nothing else all day but grin and laugh and be intolerably ignorant to all around him!!!!!
Gill Armstrong-Abbott, Bristol,England.

Three Sips is a thoroughly good read and ranks alongside Peter Godwin's work any day! Bax portrays growing up in colonial East Africa in an engaging and humorous way. It's bound to become a classic! Enjoy!
Steve Crump, London -30 Degrees South (UK).

Dear Tim. Your book arrived yesterday and I have been reading it through the night. I can't put it down, it's hysterical. I didn't even make my husband tea this morning, I was too busy reading. Now he wants to divorce me. I have stopped reading only long enough to send you this e-mail... and to pour myself a sip of gin.
Sally Gordon, Auckland,New Zealand.

Just received my copy of "Three Sips of Gin"...read the Intro in the car on the way to town...started the first chapter in the car-park at the shopping center....excuse me, can't waste any more time writing....have to keep reading! Congratulations, Tim, it's hilarious, well written and unputdownable.
Gail Adams, Algarve,Portugal.

Tim what a excellent book. I got it from my daughter (Lucinda) at 9am and could not stop reading it all day. You must write another (need something to read next week) many thanks for signing.....
Chas Mosley, North Yorkshire,United Kingdom.

Dear Sir. Being from the Australian outback, I am not easily impressed. Nor am I often moved to addressing a foreigner as Sir. This book is more than fair dinkum, Mate. Its outstanding. Don't worry too much about writing another, I'll be reading this one over and over. Cheers.
Rob Burges, Kununurra,Australian Outback.~Select edition|9968|Three Sips of Gin|9969|Three Sips of Gin - Autographed|9970 Auto|~316~13622~~
Viscount Down: The Complete Story of the Rhodesian Viscount told by a SAS Soldier - Keith Nell~Book - DVD listed separately below
In 1978, Air Rhodesia's Viscount 'Hunyani' Flight RH 825 flying a scheduled service between Kariba and Salisbury in 1978, was struck by a heat-seeking SAM-7 missile, fired by a gang of Joshua Nkomo's ZIPRA terrorists, shortly after take-off. Only eighteen out of fifty-six survived the crash - all passengers who were seated in the rear of the aircraft. While five survivors were away from the crash scene looking for water, a group of terrorists turned up and bayoneted, bludgeoned and shot to death ten of the survivors. Three crash survivors who had remained at the aircraft managed to avoid being killed by running away and hiding in the bush. After spending the night in the bush, the eight were found the next day and rescued by Security Forces. Six months later, Air Rhodesia Viscount 'Umniati' was shot down by another missile - this time, all 59 perished. Author Keith Nell, a Rhodesian SAS special forces soldier, was personally involved in locating and eliminating the Viscount Gang responsible. This story can now be authenticated through substantiating documents and accounts by various persons involved as well as by the SAS and Institute of Security Studies.
Paintings and sketches by internationally acclaimed Rhodesian artist Craig Bone.
Approx 420 pages, plus 30-40 pages colour photos
Available in Hardback and Softback~"Viscount Down" can only really be described as the perfect storm. A storm created by forces of good and evil brought together in a series of unexpected developments that took place with perfect timing and sequential order. Equally astounding were the circumstances that brought together the right human elements needed to locate and deal with one of the nation's most hated terrorist gangs.

When these forces coincided, there was no choice but to walk the walk to wherever it took us. All those who witnessed the events in this book knew that, like a perfect storm, all the conditions were met at exactly the right time and at exactly the right place and by exactly the right people. Only after the last bullets ripped into the bodies of the Viscount Gang could it be realized that nothing had happened by fluke and that 'Forces of Destiny' played a greater part in our lives than we knew.

To omit these acknowledgements would surely be cheating on 'Destiny' and I am not brave enough for that.

Keith Nell




The Book

There cannot possibly be a greater anxiety than being in an aircraft and knowing that it is going to crash. Sitting helpless in the seat with only a thin safety belt between life and death, terrified passengers hurtle forward in their doomed plane at a few hundred miles an hour toward an unknown place where fate awaits them. Absolutely nothing can be done to prevent this. Their only option is to sit and wait for disaster to happen.

But that which awaited the civilian passengers and crew on Air Rhodesia's Flight RH 825 flying between Kariba and Salisbury in 1978 defied any horror that they could have foreseen. All aboard the 'Hunyani' were holidaymakers enjoying the flight home when a SAM7 missile slammed into the starboard wheel bay and exploded with an almighty bang. With all starboard controls damaged and pressurized fuel lines feeding a raging fire that could not be put out, the stricken plane became extremely difficult to control and had to be put down fast.

On the ground, another terrorist group watched the doomed aircraft plunging down toward earth. Even from a distance, the rumbling noise of the plane crash landing in the bush was loud and clear, followed by a huge explosion. With communist rhetoric still echoing in their minds about the white people who had stolen their land, they hurriedly fixed bayonets to their AK47's and ran toward the rising plume of smoke.

When the SAS parachuted into the crash site the following morning, a grizzly scene awaited them. Inside the smoking wreckage of the aircraft were the burned bodies of most passengers and crew, many still strapped in their seats. Nearby the wreckage lay the bodies of women, children and babies who survived the crash landing, only to have been bayoneted, bludgeoned and shot to death after leaving the wreckage. Out of 56 souls onboard, 18 survived the crash. Only 8 escaped from being butchered to tell the tale.

Five months later, a second Viscount passenger carrying aircraft, the 'Umniati,' when it too was struck by a heat seeking missile and turned into a fireball in the sky, plummeting straight down at terminal velocity into a ravine, killing all 59 onboard.

This is the hitherto untold and epic account of unrelenting Rhodesian resolve to avenge the Hunyani and Umniati tragedies and to stop further missile attacks on civilian aircraft up to the end of the war. Described by a critic as a brilliant story that 'jerks the soul', it gives a dramatic account from the Pilot's seat of the last minutes onboard the doomed aircraft and also sets out the social realities of living in the war torn country plagued by brutality, murder and butchery. It tells of the ethnic hardships affecting a young black boy and of how he grows up in tribal culture in this remote rural area where the Viscount Gang reigned and is forcefully recruited to join Mugabe's ZANLA terrorists to fight the revolutionary war. A parallel is drawn with a white boy who grows up in European culture under different hardships to eventually become a SAS soldier who is thrown into the scenario for which both his specialized training and personality were ideally suited. The story sketches the personalities of these two former enemies, who from vastly different backgrounds and reasoning, become united in secret operations between Kariba and Karoi near where the Viscount tragedies occurred.

In the most extraordinary circumstances, the SAS soldier is tasked to turn around and train 100 former ZANLA terrorists on how to locate and assassinate their former ZIPRA allies for invading their home lands in the Urungwe and ruthlessly beating their families into submission. Their other mission is to locate and deal with those responsible for the Viscount disasters. His tenure as a white member of the Rhodesian security forces living alone in the bush for two months with the not-so-tame and heavily armed terrorists is filled with danger, suspense and drama. Disciplinary problems arise in converting gung-ho terrorists into highly trained undercover operatives to deal competently with hardcore ZIPRA terrorists trained in Moscow. An unknown terrorist supporter in the Police monitors developments and tips off ZIPRA forces. Among other problems are severe logistical shortages that can only be overcome by 'acquiring' essential supplies through ingenious methods.

After various endeavours and a number of clashes, the SAS soldier becomes the first to know the whereabouts of the Nation's most wanted and most loathed Viscount Gang and the race is on to reach the group before they vanish and shoot down more civilian planes.




The Author

Keith Nell is a first time author who served in the Rhodesian SAS during the height of the Rhodesian bush war and was personally involved in locating and eliminating the Viscount Gang.

His career path is highlighted by numerous and varied adventure experiences in Southern Africa and other continents. He has not only ridden with the Hell's Angels but has also dined with a President and a King. Many exceptional things have happened while doing no more than innocently getting on with life. Among other, he was was responsible for saving the lives of those onboard a 40ft ocean going yacht in wild seas when it was crippled and struck by a 16,000 ton freighter. While taking photos of the Graf Spey's anchor In Montevideo, he was arrested for allegedly being a spy and thrown into jail.

In Buenos Aires, he suddenly found himself in the crossfire of an attempted coup. In Rhodesia, he got involved with rescue operations in the Wankie Mine disaster in which 427 miners perished. In South Africa, he located a 14 year old girl who was missing for 5 days. Typically he was the first to arrive on the scene of a collision between a train and a bus with critically injured passengers.

More latterly, he awoke one day to find an erroneous deposit of R856 billion in his bank account, while on another occasion, he found himself penniless on the street after losing his savings and property to a fraudster.

After leaving Zimbabwe in 1980, he built up a security company in Johannesburg with legendary results and conducted private investigations into serious and violent crime. So successful was his company that it became the subject of a television documentary that was produced and screened by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to all French speaking countries.

Following semi retirement in 2002, he conducted overland safaris for four years and then settled down to write his memoirs, including those of the Viscount disasters and his experiences as a private investigator.




Paintings and sketches by internationally acclaimed Rhodesian artist Craig Bone.
Approx 420 pages, plus 30-40 pages colour photos
~Viscount Down - Book|ISBN 9780620493581 - SA|Viscount Down - Book|ISBN 9780620493581 - ROW|~316~13462~~
Viscount Down: The Survivors Story - DVD~DVD (Book listed separately above)
This DVD presents a visual account of Joshua Nkomo's terrorist campaign to shoot down Rhodesian passenger aircraft with SAM 7 heat seeking missiles. It screens evidence of the brutal occupation by his ZIPRA terrorists of rural territory belonging to black inhabitants, and the hostile situation leading up to the Viscount disasters in which 107 holidaymakers and crew were murdered. Included is live footage taken at the crash site and an interview with an SAS operator who parachuted in to find survivors, only to discover the dead bodies of 10 passengers who had been shot and bayoneted to death. Other live interviews are with three survivors who witnessed the carnage but managed to escape, and another features the BBC interview with Joshua Nkomo in which he claimed responsibility. The DVD also presents live coverage of Rhodesian retaliatory strikes into Zambia, and an interview with the Author of the book "Viscount Down".The DVD is very powerful and extremely moving. Viewer discretion advised.
Standard Edition DVD - 60 min.
Limited Edition DVD - 80 min. Limited to 150 copies, of which 100 will be reserved go with the limited edition book, 50 copies will be purchasable on its own. Limited editions of the book and DVD will be restricted to one per buyer. Release Date: +/- May 2011. Price: TBA

Both DVD versions are sold separately to the book, but a package deal will be available once the book price has been finalised. Should you purchase a DVD now, and also go for the book, then the book will be sold at the package deal price. Those of you who have already purchased a Standard DVD will have the option to upgrade to the Limited Edition DVD version.
NOTE: All DVD prices are fixed Retail Prices and includes P&P - as set down by the publisher and is/will be the same for all sales outlets worldwide.

Release date: 16 Dec 2010 - allow up to 2 weeks before shipping. Available in both DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).
NOTE 30/12/10: There has been a delay in the final 'print' production of the DVD - we now expect to receive stock early in the new year.~DVD

The filmmaker phoned me last week, very excited. You have got to see this DVD right now - he claimed! It is so powerful that you will watch it over and over again, - and he was 100% right. I looked in total awe at the scenes with goose bumps and shivers travelling rapidly up and down from head to toe. Another filmmaker from the United States who has made 37 movies also watched. Accustomed and used to high drama riveted to his chair. With moist eyes and almost speechless, he could scarcely croak out the words - "We never knew". - Author Keith Nell

Well balanced with excellent narrative and footage with photographs not previously released, there is much to see in this DVD during its 60 min period of viewing. Starting with the savage and brutal occupation of traditional Shona territory near Kariba by Joshua Nkomo's terrorist forces, the drama unfolds with a new development in the war - the arrival of terrorist forces to bring down civilian aircraft with SAM7 heat seeking missiles. Viewers are shown the scene of devastation that occurred on the 3rd September 1978 when Nkomo's ZIPRA terrorists brought down the Vickers Viscount passenger aircraft HUNYANI, resulting in the deaths of 56 holiday makers and crew. Watch live interviews with three survivors who managed to hide nearby, while 10 crash site survivors, mostly women and children, were shot and bayoneted to death by a second gang of terrorists. Also not to be missed is the interview with a SAS operator who was among the first from the search and rescue team to parachute into the crash site.

Although it was plain to see that the missile attacks on civilian airliners and brutal murders of survivors was not the work of freedom fighters but of hard-core Marxist Leninist terrorists, the audience can be seen laughing over the Hunyani disaster and supporting Joshua Nkomo when he claimed responsibility in an interview with the BBC. We all know how much it hurt when world leaders remained silent without a word of condemnation - and that today still, the Rhodesian Viscount disasters are little known about. It is not just our duty to change this state of affairs but also our privilege to do so.

The names of all 107 victims who were killed in these disasters are published in this DVD and in the forthcoming book Viscount Down as a permanent historical record. It is hoped that the DVD will occupy a special place in the homes of all Rhodesians to support the cause that these attacks should become known worldwide for being of Rhodesia's 9/11 and the first time two passenger planes were destroyed by terrorist elements to effect terror on a nation. It also serves as a reminder that such actions tolerated by the world at large, had much to do with the beginning of terrorist tactics that progressively grew into a form of warfare culminating in America's 9/11.


Standard Edition DVD - 60 min.
Limited Edition DVD - 80 min. Limited to 150 copies, of which 100 will be reserved go with the limited edition book, 50 copies will be purchasable on its own. Limited editions of the book and DVD will be restricted to one per buyer.

Both versions sold separately without the book, but a package deal will be available once the book price has been finalised. Should you purchase a DVD now, and also go for the book, then the book will be sold at the package deal price. Those of you who have already purchased a Standard DVD will have the option to upgrade to the Limited Edition DVD version.

Release date: 16 Dec 2010 - allow up to 2 weeks before shipping. Available in both DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc). ~Select edition & format||Viscount Down STD - DVD PAL|9872 PAL|Viscount Down STD - DVD NSTC|9872 NSTC|Viscount Down LTD - DVD PAL|9886 PAL|Viscount Down LTD - DVD NSTC|9886 NSTC|Viscount Down STD - DVD PAL - SA delivery address only|9872 PAL|Viscount Down LTD - DVD PAL - SA delivery address only|9886 PAL|~316~13463~~
War in the Air: Rhodesian Air Force 1935-1980 - Dudley Cowderoy & Roy Nesbit~Air power was one of the main instruments by which the Rhodesian security forces defended the country for so long and so successfully. Quite apart from the aerial strikes made by pilots and aircrews, many ground troops were airborne. Both authors flew for several years in the Royal Air Force and spent much time as instructors in Rhodesia. The authors have not attempted to list every Rhodesian air strike, instead they have traced the political events that shaped the war in Rhodesia and related these to the development of air tactics and combined operations. They have done this with the help of first hand accounts from many of the courageous airmen who flew in the conflict. Revealed for the first time, too, are details of the vital role played by South African's combat aircraft and airmen, many of whom laid down their lives while fighting for Rhodesia's cause. The result is a very clear and informative account of of the war in the air - a subject of major interest to air forces around the world, for these methods of anti-guerilla operations are described with some justification as 'the war of the future'.
ISBN 0 947020 13 6 Hardback. 248pp; 236 X 153mm; b/w pics. ~~War in the Air%3A Rhodesian Air Force 1935-1980|ISBN 0947020136|~316~1491~War in the Air%3A Rhodesian Air Force 1935-1980 - Dudley Cowderoy & Roy Nesbit~
War Stories by Al Venter and Friends - Al J Venter~Al J. Venter's new book 'War Stories', has strong South African links, but includes forays into other countries. Comprising of 35 chapters, most of which were written by well-known people who were there in various operational theatres. The book starts off with Neall Ellis's chapter on his flying the Russian Mi-8s on supply missions in Afghanistan. Some excellent Rhodesian material is covered by SAS Colonel Brian Robinson, RLI troopie Hannes Wessels, Selous Scouts Lt Col Ron Reid-Daly. Former Selous Scout Aubrey Brooks, a section leader in Colonel Mike Hoare's invasion force that tried to take the Seychelles by force, covers that aborted operation including his own arrest and subsequent sentencing to death. South Africa's Border Wars are covered, to list a few, a chapter written by Paul Els on the first battles that started it all, Graham Gillmore on the 44 Parachute Brigade, Al Venter's experiences during Parabat's Charlie Company's attack on Cuamato where their Pumas were ambushed by RPG-7's. Combat correspondent Willem Steenkamp writes on what it was like to report on wars in those days. There are chapters on Portugal's African campaigns which today's generation know very little about. Venter aims to put the record straight since Lisbon was fighting guerrillas in Africa twice as long as America remained active in Vietnam. Other pieces include a story on experiences with a private military company in Iraq, Myke (Hawkeye) Hawke own exploits fighting drug gangs, US Colonel Lester (Les) Grau compares Soviet 1980 efforts with whats going on in Afghanistan today...... and many more. A very interesting compendium of military writing that will be thoroughly well-illustrated throughout, with plently of photos.
Nov 2011. Paperback 430 pages. 22 x 15.7 x 3.1 cm~Al J. Venter's new book 'War Stories' is due out 2011. It has strong South African links, but includes forays into the Balkans, Chad, the Sudan, two Somali episodes (including a secret US Marine chopper rescue of American Embassy staff from Mogadishu immediately prior to Gulf War 1). Aditionally, there's also a bit of history on the Zanzibar Revolution by former Newsweek correspondent Peter Younghusband, some excellent Rhodesian material (including an SAS backgrounder by that unit's last-but-one comander Colonel Brian Robinson) as well as a chapter on the RLI by former troopie Hannes Wessels. Venter's old pal Ron Reid-Daly also gets a look in.

Former Selous Scout Aubrey Brooks was a section leader in Colonel Mike Hoare's invasion force that tried to take the Seychelles by force (and ended up with most of the mercenaries hijacking an Air India passenger jet back to Durban. Aubrey's exploits make for one of the most interesting chapters, including his arrest and subsequent sentencing to death...

South Africa's Border Wars are there in force and include an extremely instructive section on the battle that initiated those campaigns by veteran military author Paul Els as well as a great vignette by Graham Gilmore on 44 Parachute Brigade. Also included is Parabat's Charlie Company (89/91) attack on Cuamato where Venter almost bought the farm when he went in with the the initial strike force onboard Puma choppers when a bunch of gooks were waiting for them on the ground with RPG-7s. His group was headed by former British SAS operative Peter MacAleese (then serving as an NCO in the SADF).

Combat correspondent Willem Steenkamp has a contribution on what it was like to report wars in the days before cell phones, faxes and the web. As he says, it was tough work and a scoop really was a scoop that waited until you returned to civilization, unless you were prepared to lose exclusivity by using party lines with half the country listening.

There are four chapters on Portugal's African campaigns which today's generation know very little about. Venter aims to put the record straight since Lisbon was fighting guerrillas in Africa twice as long as America remained active in Vietnam and proportionate to population (9 million to 220 million) the Portuguese Army suffered far worse casualties. Cumulatively, Lisbon deployed less choppers in their three theatres of African military activity - Angola, Mocambique and Portuguese Guinea - than you would find today in any big city in the United States. That tells tells you a lot...

He also has a strong chapter from an American pal who served with a private military company in Iraq and is hoping that Myke (Hawkeye) Hawke will come up with his exploits fighting the drug people in time to be included. If he can manage it, he intends to include a chapter on professional hunting in an African war zone by his mate Giorgio Grasselli who remained active in the Matetsi area almost until the end.

One of the highlights is a strong piece on comparing Soviet efforts in Afghanistan in the 1980s with what is going on there today. That's something that involves Colonel Lester (Les) Grau, who is still serving in the US Forces and wrote what is arguably the most instructive book on the subject. He was able to work closely with his Russian counterparts following Perestroika and comes up with some astonishing figues (Moscow lost something like 300 helicopters to enemy action during the course of the war in that harsh land)

Other chapters include several of Venter's experiences in the Middle East, including a brush or two with Hizbollah, two chapters on clearing landmines (one of which takes place in the Balkans and involves rthe dreaded Yugoslav PROM-1 anti-personnel 'bouncing' mine) as well as time spent with Congo mercenary chopper pilot Dave Artkinson now training pilots in the mountains of Lesotho.

The work kicks off with Neall Ellis's contribution flying Mi-8s on supply missions in Afghanistan, which he is doing right now.

There is much more, but there is not the space to mention it all including some of the choicier bits, except that this is a very interesting compendium of military writing that is thoroughly well-illustrated throughout.~War Stories|ISBN-13 9781869194109|~316~13014~~
Winds of Destruction - Group Captain PJH Petter-Bowyer MLM (Ops), DCD, MFC (Ops)~The British Empire was dismantled by successive British governments who forsook policies of strength for those of appeasement. Winds of Destruction tells of Rhodesia's war against British political deceit and Russian imperialism.
Winds of Destruction is the story of the author's life before and after joining the Royal Rhodesian Air Force. The book centres on the writer's involvement with air and ground operations in Rhodesia's thirteen-year war against the communist forces of Marxist Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo who sought to gain power by force. What set Petter-Bower apart from his fellow pilots was an inventive talent that led him to introduce aircraft improvements and create new-found operational techniques and as well as developing a whole range of air weapon systems that improved strike capability. A must read for anybody who were involved in the Rhodesian armed forces.
30 Degrees South. ISBN 0958489033, Softback with gatefolds. 260 x 220mm, 392pp~ISBN 0958489033
Softback with gatefolds
260 x 220mm
392pp

The British Empire was dismantled by successive British governments who forsook policies of strength for those of appeasement. Winds of Destruction tells of Rhodesia's war against British political deceit and Russian imperialism.

About the Book
Winds of Destruction is a unique account of one man's service in the Rhodesian Air Force, spanning a period of twenty-three years from 1957 to 1980-through the politically turbulent years of Federation; the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (U.D.I.) by Ian Smith's government in 1965 and thirteen years of relentless, uncompromising bush warfare against the never-ending tide of Robert Mugabe's and Joshua Nkomo's ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas.

In a gruelling conflict that permitted no quarter, the Rhodesian Air Force (Rh.A.F.) fast became one of the Rhodesian Defence Force's most lethal and effective counter-insurgency organs. In pre-emptive bombing strikes against enemy camps in Mozambique, Zambia and as far afield as Tanzania; in its integral role as a troop-carrier and airborne strike force in 'fireforce' operations; in working closely with such specialist units as the Selous Scouts, the S.A.S., the R.L.I. and the R.A.R. the Rhodesian Air Force was never far from the action and in no small way responsible for the astonishing military successes against a vastly numerically superior army.

This all in spite of the international sanctions against Rhodesia, which ordinarily would have brought a nation's armed forces to its knees. However, forced by circumstances, the Rh.A.F. was obliged to maximise usage of its aging fleet of fighter-bombers, transports and helicopters and to resort to innovative techniques in terms of tactics and weapons systems, many of which were later adopted by the South African Air Force in its own counter-insurgency operations in Angola and Namibia in the '80s.

About the Author
Born in Southern Rhodesia in 1936, Peter Petter-Bowyer (PB) grew up in an idyllic world virtually unaffected by the intense preparation for war of airmen in many Rhodesian Air Training Group stations around the country. The presence of so many aircraft greatly interested him, though his aim in life was to become a medical surgeon. For parental reasons this did not materialise and a switch in interest led PB into a flying career. In 1957 he commenced his pilot training course with the Royal Rhodesian Air Force and was granted a Royal Commission into full time service in 1959.

A regular career path included squadron service on propeller- and jet-driven aircraft as well as helicopters. Married with two children, PB enjoyed a wonderful life both as squadron pilot and flying instructor on piston aircraft and helicopters. Limited operational periods were spent on the Nyasaland Emergency, at RAF Aden and the Congo Emergency. It was only in April 1966 that PB was involved in the first offensive action that marked the start of Rhodesia's Bush War.

Except for a year at the South African Air Staff College in 1971, PB was actively engaged in operations in which air and ground forces were closely associated. Through this, PB established close and vitally important relationships with leading players of Rhodesia's Army and Police forces.

What set PB apart from his fellow pilots was an inventive talent that led him to introduce aircraft improvements and create new-found operational techniques. His objection to conventional warfare air weapons also led him to developing a whole range of air weapon systems that improved strike capability whilst affording Rhodesia considerable savings in foreign currencies.

His final post in the rank of Group Captain was to be the Rhodesian representative on the British-led Cease Fire Commission. Due to Marxist Robert Mugabe ascension to power, PB took an early retirement.~Winds of Destruction|ISBN 0958489033|~316~11038~Winds of Destruction - Group Captain PJH Petter-Bowyer, Royal Rhodesian Air Force~
Zambezi Valley Insurgency. Early Rhodesian Bush War Operations - JRT Wood~Africa @ War Series - a new series of thin light-reading books, covering specific subjects in general.
Across Africa in the post-1956 era, the aspirations of African nationalists to secure power were boosted and quickly realized by the British, French and Belgian hasty retreat from empire. The Portuguese, Southern Rhodesian and South African governments, however, stood firm and would be challenged by their African nationalists. Influenced by the Communist bloc, these nationalists adopted the 'Armed Struggle'. In the case of Rhodesia, the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), led by Joshua Nkomo, took this step in 1962 after their effort to foment rebellion in Rhodesia's urban areas in 1961-62 had been frustrated by police action and stiffened security legislation. Rhodesia's small, undermanned security forces, however, remained wary as Zambia and Tanganyika had given sanctuary to communist- supplied ZAPU and Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) guerrillas.The Rhodesians had foreseen that the northeastern frontier with Mozambique would be the most vulnerable to incursions because the African population living along it offered an immediate target for succour and subversion. The Portuguese were not seen as a bulwark as they were clearly making little progress in their counter-insurgency effort against their FRELIMO nationalist opponents. The Rhodesians were fortunate, however, that ZAPU and ZANU chose to probe across the Zambezi River from Zambia into the harsh, sparsely populated bush of the Zambezi Valley.The consequence was that the Rhodesian security forces conducted a number of successful operations in the period 1966-1972 which dented insurgent ambitions.This book describes and examines the first phase of the 'bush war' during which the Rhodesian forces honed their individual and joint skills, emerging as a formidable albeit lean fighting force.
April 2012. Paperback 297mm x 210mm 72 pages 8pp colour photos, many b/w photos, maps. RRP £16.95

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