The Rhodesian War

The Rhodesian War

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The vicious conflict (1964-79) that brought Robert Mugabe to power in Zimbabwe Expert coverage of the war, its historical context, and its aftermath Descriptions of guerrilla warfare, counterinsurgency operations, and actions by units like Grey's Scouts Amid the colonial upheaval of the 1960s, Britain urged its colony in Southern Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) to grant its black residents a greater role in governing the territory. The white-minority government refused and soon declared its independence, a move bitterly opposed by the black majority. The result was the Rhodesian Bush War, which pitted the government against black nationalist groups, one of which was led by Robert Mugabe. Marked by unspeakable atrocities, the war ended in favor of the nationalists.... (mujibas) often laid mines, and land mine blasts became one of the most serious problems for the Rhodesian forces. ... Significantly, the first Rhodesian military death in the phase of the war starting in 1972 was caused by a land mine. ... Local manufacturers, such as the Ford plant at Willowvale in Salisbury, converted imported chassis or created new ones, and ... troop transports such as the police Puma, and the armya#39;s Crocodile and other MAPs (mine-and-ambush- proof vehicles).

Title:The Rhodesian War
Author:Paul L. Moorcraft, Peter McLaughlin
Publisher:Stackpole Books - 2010-09


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