#bushwar

Song was made by Mike Westscott in 1977 on the album "It's a Long Way to Mukumbura / All Shook Up"

The Rhodesian Bush War was a conflict between the White-Led Republic of Rhodesia supported by South Africa and Marxist-Leninist terrorists led by Robert Mugabe and supported by China and the Warsaw Pact as well as Israel.
The Jewel of Africa was crushed, and replaced by a corrupt, economically weak and mismanaged "Zimbabwe" that supported attacks against white farmers, leading to hundreds injured and thousands fleeing the once prosperous country.

Lyrics:
It's a long way to Mukumbura
It's a long way to jawl
It's a long way from your hometown
But you can have yourself a ball
With your mukkas
Goodbye Bulawayo, tot siens Cecil Square
It's a long, long way to Mukumbura And we're going up there to stir

It's a long way to JOC Inyanga
It's a long way, ek se
It's a long way from Umtali
But it's wide tar all the way
Well, nearly
Goodbye to the Cecil
Hello the Mont Claire
It's a long, long way to JOC Inyanga
And the crowd's fighting there

It's a long way to Kariba
It's a long way to run
It's a long way from Mukute
But you can do it on your THUMB
With your FN
We love our Sergeant Major, when he drives it on RL
When he takes us on the bush road It's just like going to
Heaven, I'm in Heaven

It's a long way to Llewelyn
It's a long way on the train
We can kwai it to the North Pole, But they'd build one just the same
The parade square
We all dig the stoppies, haircuts and the graze
And if we really scheme it's lekker when we start on our first phase

“Mukkas” is South African/Afrikaans slang for “friends”, they also of course mention many towns of significance to the Rhodies (many of which were hosts to battles, like Mukumbura, Umtali, the Montclair hotel, etc)... “ek se” is Afrikaans for “I say”, “tot siens” is Afrikaans for “goodbye”, JOC Inyanga refers to the Rhodesian Joint Operations Center in Inyanga, “wide tar” is a type of road category in Rhodesia (and now Occupied Rhodesia, I will not call it Zimbabwe) indicating at least a two-lane road, FN is the ubiquitous FN FAL rifle used by the Rhodies... the “stoppies” were all the stops made along the way by the Rhodies, getting haircuts and graze (food) along the way, and “lekker” is slang for good or great.

1 week, 5 days ago

The full 1999 documentary created to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the development of the world famous South African Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle known as the "Casspir".

The film is narrated by the vehicle itself and covers its history and development, as well as its success in protecting its crews from the threats posed by landmines and other weapons 🇿🇦

Click Here For All Things Casspir: https://tinyurl.com/2d53kz84

4 months, 2 weeks ago

At a meeting of the Canadian Association of Free Expression hosted by Paul Fromm Jan Lamprecht gives a masterful presentation about many aspects of the wars in Africa and their causes from the sixties on.

4 months, 2 weeks ago

This is the SAME Mike Westcott from Leprechaun fame.
He sang 'The Biltong Song'
https://www.bitchute.com/video/CM64zmBkcgGD/
and 'I'm Just a Shumba Drinker'
https://www.bitchute.com/video/vW8NWAmSDcQr/
and most famously 'It’s a Long Way to Mukumbura '
https://www.bitchute.com/video/zcY4S01KWUSI/

1 year, 7 months ago

RHODESIA BORDER WITH ZAMBIA CLOSED
(17 Jan 1973) Rhodesia and Zambia's border bridge, across the Zambezee river, is closed to all traffic except for a few tourists

2 years, 1 month ago

Film extolling the wonderful life and achievements of Rhodesia. Emphasis is on united Rhodesians, with footage of them in various situations - agricultural shows, city scenes, country scenes and village scenes. It looks at the natural resources of the country and mentions the importance of using them wisely and being conservation-minded. Schools are shown and mention is also made of increased industrial production, few strikes, health services, agriculture and sports. Footage is shown of black and white soldiers in the bush to illustrate the claim that all Rhodesians are cooperating to create an efficient force against terrorism.

2 years, 1 month ago

Following the country's reconstitution and recognised independence as the Republic of Zimbabwe in April 1980, the final parade of the RLI and the ceremonial laying-up of its colours took place at Cranborne Barracks on 17 October 1980. The commanding officer J. C. W. Aust, recalled being amazed by the large crowd of spectators surrounding the parade square, including the former government minister P. K. van der Byl, who attended unannounced. A Rhodesian Air Force Alouette III helicopter also arrived overhead during the ceremony and in Aust's words "circled in a moving salute and farewell". Two weeks later, the Rhodesian Light Infantry was disbanded on 31 October 1980.

2 years, 1 month ago

The Greys Scouts were a mounted infantry unit. Horses were used to get to the contact area and once there they fought as infantrymen. The major on foot in the video was Major Stevens, who left the unit early.

From the Producer:
"In Rhodesia, Army and Police units were out chasing guerrillas after massive incursions from over the border. The incidents were believed by military sources in Rhodesia to be linked to a massive campaign to recruit black Rhodesians for Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African Peoples' Union. Since the beginning of the year, at least 600 black Rhodesians have been led to Botswana and then onto Zambia to the north for guerrilla training. ZAPU appears to be bent on increasing its forces to match those of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), whose guerrillas operate out of Mozambique. The Rhodesian Army has been successful in capturing the majority of the guerrillas who infiltrate across the border, but they are looking for new methods of catching them. one of these is the use of scouts on horseback who are able to pursue men on foot with greater agility than if they were motorized.

2 years, 1 month ago

Sermon preached by the Dean, The Very Rev. J. R. da Costa, in the Cathedral of St. Mary and All Saints in Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Friday, 8th September, 1978 at the service for those who died and were massacred in the Viscount air disaster Sunday, 3rd September, 1978.

2 years, 1 month ago

With the Geneva talks to thrash out a settlement for the Rhodesian issue of majority rule adjourned without any sign of progress, Britain's chairman, Lord Ivor Richard, has been shuttling around southern Africa to find common ground among the main participants before re-convening negotiations. Meanwhile, the war continues unabated on four-fifths of Rhodesian soil with innocent blacks suffering in the cross-fire between government soldiers and nationalist guerrillas.
The air of uncertainty is worrying settlers, who are growing less hopeful of a peaceful outcome and
buying guns "just in case".

2 years, 1 month ago

Viscount Down and the Rhodesian SAS is the story of Keith Nell, a man that passed the Rhodesian SAS Selection at the age of 37.
there were entire selection groups of 100 men were 0 men made it through. Normally 2-5 made it through out of 100. There were only 250 Rhodesian SAS men in 1978. That was after they "upped" the numbers. The selection course ran 5 months long just like the British SAS. That would be AFTER basic training of 3 months.

It's An incredible story of how he personally and alone took a band of terrorists and turned them into a fighting force that eventually captured the perpetrators of the Viscount disaster.

2 years, 2 months ago

Historical footage of Rhodesia from the 1970's. This is a fascinating film. You'll love it.
Rhodesian Army training film about the correct way to interact with people in the tribal areas and how to enter a Kraal.

2 years, 2 months ago

Rhodesia - The Nyadzonya Raid (Operation Eland) 1976
Operation Eland, also known as the Nyadzonya Raid, was a military operation carried out by operatives of the Rhodesian Selous Scouts at Nyadzonya in Mozambique on 9 August 1976.The Rhodesians claimed 300 ZANLA and 30 FAM (Armed Forces of Mozambique) soldiers were killed; documentation captured after the event suggested that 1,028 were killed.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Eland

2 years, 2 months ago

Historical footage from Rhodesia in the 1970's.
The official unit film of The Rhodesian Air Force.

2 years, 2 months ago

Following the downing of the Viscount, The Rhodesian government has launched a series of hard strikes into Zambia against alleged camps of ZAPU, the nationalist guerrilla forces led by Joshua Nkomo. The strikes have the support of the
three black members of the ruling Executive Council and now the nationalists find themselves fightingblack as well as white soldiers. Inside Rhodesia, Africans are also being trained to fight a guerrilla-type war as auxiliaries to the main security forces, another
move that is bringing African against African.

The Video mentions the, "Rhodesian war machine" - instantly asserting that Rhodesia was somehow the dominant power in this struggle, when in fact, the Rhodesian armed forces rarely had 10,000 men in active service at one time and were in fact outnumbered by the terrorist-communists 3 or 4 to one. They also suffered under a decade-plus of international sanctions that kept them desperately short of arms and equipment - helicopters, tactical aircraft, tanks, and even rifles and trucks. They were hardly a "war machine." In fact they worked near constant miracles with tiny underequipped forces that relied on excellent training, leadership, tactics, and elan. The Rhodesians showed the world how to fight a counterinsurgency without massive loss of civilian life and under the most trying of circumstances.

But the media's bias is incredible, they more or less put a white hat on the terrorists and a black one on the Rhodesians from the get go.

2 years, 2 months ago

"For many guerrillas, their first encounter with the Rhodesian army, is often their last."

An incredible documentary covering the Rhodesian Military forces and the casualties they endured.
A group of 20,000 men (4,000 full time) that policed a 2,000 mile border.
They discuss the lack of conscription and the inability of the Army to take on all the prospective volunteers.
Their basic training was 6 months. They discuss and show the 2 Black and 2 White Fire Force companies.
One of the only documentaries that actually shows the African Rifles and their contribution to the war effort.
1/2 of the Army was paratroop trained with over 10,000 operational jumps. Many units had parachuted into direct combat over 40 times. At each encounter, the terrorist bodies are flown back to Salisbury and they are fingerprinted and forensic analysis of their weapons are done to see if they were involved in any earlier confrontations.

I've shown Nick Downie's award winning combat footage from the 1970's Rhodesian Bush War.
This is the film he made of it. This is the best film you will see of actual combat footage during the Rhodesian bush wars.
His film partner, Lord Richard Cecil died making this documentary.

2 years, 2 months ago

This is a wonderful talk by a former American Green Beret who fought for Rhodesia. Captain Joseph C. Smith speaking on January 5th, 2013 at the Bomber Wings of Freedom Hall in Milwaukee Oregon. He was a Captain in the Rhodesian African Rifles.
He has a webpage here
https://www.josephcolumbussmith.com/category/rhodesia/

2 years, 2 months ago

The formation of the Rhodesian SAS goes back to November 1959 when it was decided in the Federal Assembly to form a Parachute Evaluation Detachment to examine the practicalities of military parachuting and parachute training in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, with a view to the possible formation of an airborne unit. This was announced by the then Federal Minister of Defence John Moore Caldicott, but it was Sir Roy Welensky who was the reported driving force behind the reforming of what was to become the SAS.

In 1960 a detachment of RAF arrived under Squadron Leader E. Minter to conduct the training of the Parachute Evaluation Detachment (PED). By March 1960, the PED was complete and those on the course were presented their wings by the said Minister of Defence. The "experiment" was a complete success and in July decided to form a regular European Special Air Services Squadron. In late 1960, No 1 Training Unit was formed, and once assembled and trained they would form the nucleus of what was to become: 1 Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) and "C" Squadron SAS.

2 years, 2 months ago

Only looks decent on a phone. No idea why he made it in such low rez.
On the 11th of November, an independent state
This was much against the wishes of (((certain governments)))
Who's leaders tried to break us down and make us all repent

1. The Regiment Lives On- John Edmond
2. Shangani Patrol - John Edmond
3. Battle of Bembezi - John Edmond
4. Rhodesia We'll Ever Cherish Thee - Various Rhodesian Schoolchildren
5. Salisbury Town - John Edmond
6. Rock and Roll Rhodie - John Edmond
7. Goodbye, Britannia - John Edmond
8. UDI - John Edmond
9. Another Hitler - Clem Tholet
10. Last Word in Rhodesian - John Edmond
11. George - John Edmond
12. It's a Long Way to Mukumbura - Mike Westcott & Leprechaun
13. Green Leader - John Edmond
14. Rhodesians Never Die - Clem Tholet
15. Rhodie Girl - The Rhodies
16. What a Time it Was - Clem Tholet

2 years, 2 months ago

"Life in Africa during a White Rebellion against Britain! Interview with Jan Lamprecht about his life growing up in Rhodesia during the Rhodesian Bush war which took place after Prime Minister Ian Smith declared UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) from Britain in 1965. This resulted in world sanctions against Rhodesia. The Russia’s, Chinese and Warsaw Pact communists trained and armed large numbers of blacks to fight the whites of Rhodesia. Jan is a Boer. Half of his large family moved from South Africa to Rhodesia in 1947. Boers were a minority in Rhodesia but they were 100% in support of the British Rhodesians who were fighting the black communists. Eventually the communists won and the Chinese backed communist, Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980."
--Jan Lamprect (2018)
www.historyreviewed.com

2 years, 2 months ago

"This is the first part of my interview with JB Campbell one of the very few Americans who came to fight in Rhodesia. He was there in 1973-1974 just as the war was starting off and when it was still centred in the north east.

You may have heard of the thousands of white South African farmers who’ve been murdered over the years. In the view of JB and myself there are no farm attacks anywhere in the world that match the ferocity which the Rhodesian farmers (husbands and wives) faced and survived. The blacks were armed by the Soviet Union and China with modern military weapons, including anti-tank landmines that were used to blow up civilians."
-- Jan Lamprecht
www.historyreviewed.com

2 years, 2 months ago

The Rhodesian Military designed various infantry weapons and armored vehicles during the " Rhodesian Bush War " of 1964 - 1979 , Chimurenga .

Rhodesian Pistols
Mamba Pistol - http://guns.wikia.com/wiki/Mamba_Pistol
Rhodesian Submachine Guns
Kommando Lacoste LDP - http://world.guns.ru/civil/errortrans...
http://group.mtime.com/people/discuss...
Rhogun - http://www.mercenary-wars.net/weapons...
Cobra Submachine Gun - http://world.guns.ru/civil/errortrans...
http://www.newrhodesian.ca/viewtopic....
Northwood R-76 / R-77 - http://desarrolloydefensa.blogspot.co...
Grot CH-9/25 - http://www.armeetpassion.com/grotch9-...
Rhodesian Armored Vehicles
Rhodesian MRAP Armored Car – http://defenceoftherealm.blogspot.com...
Vaporizer IFV - http://rhodesians.ru/ru/node/37
Bullet IFV – http://selousscouts.tripod.com/rhodes...
Leopard Security Vehicle - http://rhodesianforces.org/BSAPvehicl...
Pig IFV - http://rhodesians.ru/ru/node/81
Kudu or Antelope MRAP Troop Transporter - http://rhodesians.ru/ru/node/37
http://www.zona-militar.com/foros/thr...
Crocodile Armored Personnel Carrier - http://www.zona-militar.com/foros/thr...
Rhino Armored Personnel Carrier –
MPCV or Mine Protection Combat Vehicle - http://shushpanzer-ru.livejournal.com...
Rhodesian Cougar - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-n...

Pookie MRAP Mine Clearing Vehicle - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pookie_(...)

Song : Stone Castles - The Dandelion War
Original video here
https://www.invidio.us/watch?v=eZFOWdM-Noo

2 years, 2 months ago

This documentary was filmed for Rhodesian television and broadcast in 1980. Comprised of interviews with women from various backgrounds and professions, it depicts how their lives were affected by the ongoing political turmoil facing the country.
Featuring Kaye Perioli, aka Kay Smit.

If you look here
https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/old/pensionspetition.html#top
http://archive.ph/wip/mGy7V
You will see that Kaye Perioli had her entire pension stolen by Mugabe.

2 years, 2 months ago

After Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence on 11 November 1965, the RLI became one of the country's main counter-insurgency units during the Rhodesian Bush War, which pitted the government security forces against the rival guerrilla campaigns of Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) and Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA).

An all-white regiment, the RLI was made up wholly of professional soldiers until 1973, when capable conscripted national servicemen were first introduced. Foreign volunteers from across the world, many veterans of foreign conflicts, also joined and became a key part of the Regiment. The RLI was nicknamed "The Saints" or "The Incredibles", and regarded, through astounding success with both internal Fireforce operations in Rhodesia and external preemptive strikes against guerrillas based in Mozambique and Zambia, as one of the world's foremost exponents of counter-insurgency warfare.

2 years, 2 months ago

Nick Downie's award winning combat footage from the 1970's Rhodesian Bush War

2 years, 2 months ago

A professionally commissioned documentary about the training of Rhodesian Regular Army Officer Cadets. It follows the fortunes of Inf 25/19 - a group of young men commissioned into the Rhodeisan Army in 1977.

2 years, 2 months ago

The music timeline of singer/songwriter John Edmond; This interview was recorded as part of his Troopiesongs DVD.
John Edmond is a folk singer who became popular in the 1970s for his Rhodesian patriotic songs. He reached the height of his fame during the Rhodesian Bush War. He was sometimes called the "Bush Cat".
Visit this remarkable artist's website for more information.
johnedmond.co.za

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
May I have this dance ?

It's a long way to Mukumbura
It's a long way to jawl
It's a long way from your hometown
But you can have yourselves a ball
With your mukkas

Goodbye Bulawayo, tot siens Cecil Square
It's a long, long way to Mukumbura
And we're going up there to stir

It's a long way to JOC Inyanga
It's a long way, ek se
It's a long way from Umtali
But it's white tar all the way
Well, nearly
Goodbye to the Cecil
Hello the Mont Claire
It's a long, long way to JOC Inyanga
And the crowd is fighting there

It's a long way to Kariba
It's a long way to run
It's a long way from Mukute
But you can do it on your THUMB
With your FN

We love our Sergeant Major, when he drives in our RL
But when he takes it on those bush roads; it's just like going to...
Heaven, I'm in Heaven

It's a long way to Llewelyn
It's a long way on the train
We could kwai it to the North Pole, but they'd build one just the same
With a parade square
We all dig the stoppies, the haircuts and the graze
And if we really scheme it's lekker when we start on our first phase

For the Mortars
Action, disarm, look again
They're so loud

For the Blues
Changa to echo base
Homing call required over
Chopper coming

For the Instructors
One check your rear aperture
Two move your wetty bars to the rear

For the Greys
You fool private the tails at the back

For Signals
Hello two this is one over
Hello, one this is one too, are you one two?

For the Medics
This water cannot be drunk until it has been passed by the M.O

For the Cops
No madam that’s not what we use Vickers for
You want the pest control vehicle

For the RWS
Ah, Becky, I can't make up my mind
Whether to wear the green or the blue eyeshadow
for weapon training today

For the Techs
Now you chaps are expected to be keeping this keep
As it should be kept
The keep does not keep itself

For the Engineers
That’s not a flocculent idiot
It’s a soap powder

It's a long way to Mukumbura
It's a long way to jawl
It's a long way from your home town
But you can have yourselves a ball
With your mukkas
Goodbye Bulawayo, tot siens Cecil Square
It's a long, long way to Mukumbura
And we're going.. up.. there.. to..

Stir
Stir
Stir
Ensure
Stir
Ensure
Stir
Ensure
Stir

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in July of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

A TV News report from Rhodesia in 1976, covering everyday life and where the everyday man thought the future was going. Little did they know that in 3 years their country would turn into majority rule Zimbabwe-Rhodesia (June 79) and that in 4 years (April 1980) the Communists would take every Parliamentary seat and the country would be renamed Zimbabwe, ruled by Robert Mugabe until 2017 (37 years).
The coverage has a very British take on the situation. Take it all with a grain of salt.

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
Back in 1889 a regiment was born
And her mounted troopers
Rode in sunshine and in storm
From Betchualaland to the mighty Zambezi
Known by many names she was the
BSAP

Come ye troopers of old
Where’re ye may be
Drink a century toast to the BSAP
And we’ll sing a couple of bars
Of the good old kum a kye song
To the BSAP and the Regiment lives on !

She has served in war and peace
Had glory and has bled
A multi sided role in a land where she was bred
The guardian of the country she was always there
Like the trooper that was moulded on the Morris Depot Square

Come ye troopers of old
Where’re ye may be
Drink a century toast to the BSAP
And we’ll sing a couple of bars
Of the good old kum a kye song
To the BSAP and the Regiment lives on !

Old black boots name our chum
Reservists may grow old
And far to many have done their very last patrol
Last bobby on his beat, last airman in the sky
Last B girl on the radio the Legend cannot die

Come ye troopers of old
Where’re ye may be
Drink a century toast to the BSAP
And we’ll sing a couple of bars
Of the good old kum a kye song
To the BSAP and the Regiment lives on !

At the outposts of the world
The regiment lives on
In the land of the Silver Fern, Australia and Hong Kong
In Britain’s misty Isle beneath American skies
In Africa her birthplace the spirit never dies

Come ye troopers of old
Where’re ye may be
Drink a century toast to the BSAP
And we’ll sing a couple of bars
Of the good old kum a kye song
To the BSAP and the Regiment lives on !
To the BSAP and the Regiment lives on !
To the BSAP and the Regiment lives on !

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
A, B, C, D, E Headquarters I will buy you a sweet banana
A, B, C, D, E Headquarters I will buy you a sweet banana
Banana, Banana, Banana, I will buy you a sweet banana
Shield spear and knobkerrie, soldiers in war and peace
In war she fights with bravery, I will buy you a sweet banana
One Two and the Depot RAR-O, I will buy you a sweet banana
One Two and the Depot RAR-O, I will buy you a sweet banana
Banana, Banana, Banana, I will buy you a sweet banana
Shield spear and knobkerrie, soldiers in war and peace
In war she fights with bravery, I will buy you a sweet banana
Rhodesia, Burma, Egypt ne Malaya takarwa tika kunda
Rhodesia, Burma, Egypt ne Malaya takarwa tika kunda
Muhondo, Muhondo, Muhondo Inorwa no kushinga
Nhowo pfumo netsvimbo ndiyo RAR-O
Muhondo ne runyararo ndichakutengera sweet banana
A, B, C, D Support Headquarters ndidzo ndichapedza hondo dzoze
A, B, C, D Support Headquarters ndidzo ndichapedza hondo dzoze
Banana, Banana, Banana ndichakutengera sweet banana
Nhowo pfomo netsvimbo ndiyo RAR-O
Muhondo ne runyararo ndichakutengera sweet banana

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in July of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
Brakfontein is a pretty good base, it's a pretty good place to be
With the Southern Rhodesian volunteers and the men from the B.S.A.P.
And a whole lot of diggers from Australia and the Rhodesia regiment
and the water from the Elands River was fresh and heaven sent
Oh you Elands River your water is heaven sent
For a whole lot of diggers from Australia and the Rhodesian regiment.

It was on the third of August on a crisp South African night
And the Year was 1900 with the Boer war at its height
De la Rey was in those hills with his 3000 men
And the water from the Elands River was fresh and heaven sent
Oh you Elands River your water is heaven sent
De la Rey is in those hills with his 3000 men

From the 4th August as the sun rose in the East
For 12 long days with shell and shot they killed most every beast
There were oxen, mules and horses and men were lying dead
But the water from the Eland's river was fresh and heaven sent
Oh you Elands River your water is heaven sent
There are oxen, mules and horses and men are lying dead

Our garrison was scanty a couple o' 100 or more
De la Rey asked us to lay down arms to his 3000 Boers
Rhodesians never surrender, that was our testament
And the water from the Elands River was fresh and heaven sent.
Oh you Elands River your water is heaven sent
Rhodesians never surrender, this is our testament

De la Rey is gone now, we don't know where he went
Rhodesians never surrender, and that's our testament
At the siege of Elands River, we made that testament

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in July of 2019]

Album:
The Boer war in Song - What in the hell was it for

2 years, 2 months ago

Incredibly obscure film that took me a few years to find.

"When the British territory of Southern Rhodesia issues a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) in 1965, it means freedom and hope for some; despair, fear, and death for others. The one thing certain is that nobody can escape the changes it will bring - least of all Joseph Mahoney, the last colonial commissioner in Kariba Gorge, who finds himself charged with a vast region thrown into turmoil as UDI becomes reality. With the assistance of Afrikaner naturalist Suzie de Villiers and his loyal Ndebele manservant Sampson, Mahoney finds himself struggling to see justice administered to all despite unsympathetic colonists, tribal intrigues, and a mounting rural insurgency. Meanwhile, Sampson finds himself torn between his commitment to ZAPU nationalists and his friendship with Joseph. After Mahoney settles permanently in Rhodesia on Suzie's farm, ZIPRA orders Sampson to bomb the homestead; the latter is appalled, and only carries out his attack when his employers are away.

Captured by the Rhodesian Security Forces, Sampson now stands trial for attempted murder - while Joseph leads an increasingly desperate race against the clock to secure a pardon, win back an estranged Suzie, and try to stop his adopted homeland from being plunged into a fresh wave of bloodletting and vengeance."

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
There once was a little wooden soldier
Who fell down from his pedestal
And flames came up and they devoured him
And the little wooden soldier was in hell
He was only a little wooden soldier
Burning in the fireplace
He was only a little wooden soldier
But there was no sorrow on his face

There once was a little cardboard soldier
And he was left out in the storm
And then, the sun came out and blaze him
And the little cardboard soldier soon was gone
He was only a little cardboard soldier
Fading in the sun and rain
He was only a little cardboard soldier
But his body felt no pain

There once was a little tin soldier
And he fell from his box into the dust
And soon the world had forgotten about him
And the little tin soldier turned to rust
He was only a little tin soldier
Lying deserted on the path
He was only a little tin soldier
But there was no fear in his heart

There once was a flesh and bone soldier
And he was no more than a boy
And the enemy that he was fighting
Was no play thing nor a toy
He was only a flesh and bone soldier
Fighting for all he holds dear
He was only a flesh and bone soldier
But he feels the sorrow pain and fear.

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in July of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

* I have ZERO idea what John Edmond is saying in two parts.
I marked them in the lyrics with (??)
Help me figure out what he is saying if you could be so kind. Cheers.

[Lyrics]
Oh once there was a farmer
He was an Eastern highlander
He a Scottish boarderer, so many years ago
Each night he'd give his bag a squeeze
His pipes would echo on the breeze
The music rolled with graceful ease
The Penhalonga Piper
The night that they attacked him
Were rockets on a homely hearth
The anger rose up in the heart
To the Penhalonga Piper
He reached for his long-rifle
And when he'd fired every round
He played the highland battle sound
The Penhalonga Piper
The Vendens (??) did not want to fight
The Squrlin (??) devils in the night
They fled in fear and in fright to
The Penhalonga Piper
They fled in one big yellow streak
And ran in dune to Mozambique
And he was angry for a week
The Penhalonga Piper

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks again
It's the tenth time we've been in the flippin' Shatein
We're back in the sticks again

Oh give me a shower and electric power
and a shave without any pain
and a big feather bed, to lay down my head
cause I'm back in the sticks again

We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks again
It's the tenth time we've been in the flippin' Shatein
We're back in the sticks again

Oh give me some shoes, cause boots are bad news
and a raincoat that keeps out the rain
Please let me strap my comical cap
cause I'm back in the sticks again

We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks again
It's the tenth time we've been in the flippin' Shatein
We're back in the sticks again

Oh give me a grog, it's the life of a dog
Give me a brandy and pain
or and ice cold Shumba to tickle my tumba
I'm back in the sticks again

We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks again
It's the tenth time we've been in the flippin' Shatein
We're back in the sticks again

Give me a brunette or a lovely redhead or a blonde
to boggle my brain
Cause a bird in the bush would really be mush
I'm back in the sticks again

We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks again
It's the tenth time we've been in the flippin' Shatein
We're back in the sticks again

We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks
We're back in the sticks again
It's the tenth time we've been in the flippin' Shatein
We're back in the sticks Againnnnn

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]
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John Edmond reached No 12 on the Rhodesian / Zimbabwe Lyons Maid Hit Parade with "Whistlin' Troopie" in May 1977. The B side to this single, "Back in the Sticks" reached No. 20 the following month.

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
Her Daddy went to fight for the Green and White
She won't forget that day ...
They were all at the Old Drill Hall
As the convoy pulled away.

Her Daddy went to fight for the Green and White
It was hard to say good-bye
Tall and lean in his jungle green
She heard her mother cry

Green and White you're flying in the blue Rhodesian sky
Green and White you know that we all love you 'till we die.

Her Daddy went to fight for the Green and White
And his first letter went
"Thanks for the chocs and the glory box
And the kisses that you sent".

Her Daddy went to fight for the Green and White
He said I miss you all each day
Tall and lean in his jungle green
Heard her mother say

Green and White you're flying in the blue Rhodesian sky
Green and White you know that we all love you 'till we die.

Her Daddy went to fight for the Green and White
But now they're not alone
They were all at the Old Drill Hall
As the Company came home.

Her Daddy went to fight for the Green and White
'Cos their country means everything
Tall and lean in his jungle green
She heard her mother sing

Green and White you're flying in the blue Rhodesian sky
Green and White you know that we all love you 'till we die.

Green and White you're flying in the blue Rhodesian sky
Green and White you know that we all love you 'till we die

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
Oh the whistlin' Troopie's coming home again
The whistlin' Troopie's on his way
You can hear him whistlin' even though he's down
He whistles all his blue away

Keep your spirits high, smile away the cloudy sky
Let the sunshine paint ya' golden day
Like a Westline troopie eve though you're down
Whistle all your blues away

(Troopies whistlin')

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
We fought them at the Bonko, 'twas just the other day
They laid an ambush in our path - we went another way
To capture Bulawayo and stop a fearful war
The Sal'sbry Horse, Victoria Rangers and the old Cape Corps.

On the first day of November of eighteen ninety-three
We fought the Matabele at the Battle of Bembezi.

We formed a laager on the hill at mid-day for to rest
We saw an Insukamini regiment towards the west
We swung the seven-pounder 'round; let a big one fly
And from the east the Amaveni gave their battle cry.

On the first day of November of eighteen ninety-three
We fought the Matabele at the Battle of Bembezi.

The wild Ingubu with the fierce Imbezu on the right
Came charging from the northern bush, they were a fearful sight
And near 6000 warriors - we stopped them on the run
The bravest of the brave could never match the Maxim gun.

On the first day of November of eighteen ninety-three
We fought the Matabele at the Battle of Bembezi.

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
George can take a track
With troopies on his back
Carrying the packs and ammo
Doesn't look so mush
When he rumbles through the bush
Even seen him climb a gomo.

Takin' us along
Watchin' over you and I
Home is far, but the wheels on the tar are a lullaby
Buddy, you know how it feels
Listen to George, Listen to George
And his singing wheels

Just the other day, I heard somebody say
George is a mighty old ferret
I think he's gonna find he'll have to change his mind
When there's fire coming out of the turret.

Takin' us along
Watchin' over you and I
Home is far, but the wheels on the tar are a lullaby
Buddy, you know how it feels
Listen to George, Listen to George
And his singing wheels

Ambush in the trees makes me shaky at the knees
Ever been revved in a landie?
Gives me peace of mind when George is in the line
His fire-power's mighty handy!

Takin' us along
Watchin' over you and I
Home is far, but the wheels on the tar are a lullaby
Buddy, you know how it feels
Listen to George, Listen to George
And his singing wheels
(x2)

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
Oh the Great White Tribe was 300,000 strong
Just a drop in the ocean of the world's mighty throng
and under the sun of an African land
Barefoot as children, they walked in the sand
but the dreams of a nation were split by the sword
and the world rose against them with sanctions and war
but they weathered the storm like twigs in the sea
and were beached on the shores of the lands that are free

Oh the Great White Tribe, is nothing strange
Only scattered and ever lost in the winds of change
Oh the Great White Tribe, is nothing strange
Only scattered and ever lost in the winds of change

Oh the Great White Tribe are all now on the move
With nothing to lose and nothing to prove
They have friends in the South, who were steadfast and true
Now they'll stand by those friends and they'll fight for them too
and the twigs will make roots
and the roots will be trees
and they'll bear forth the fruits
and we'll pray on our knees
That the tribe will be spared and given the grace
to give of themselves to the free human race

Oh the Great White Tribe, is nothing strange
Only scattered and ever lost in the winds of change
Oh the Great White Tribe, is nothing strange
Only scattered and ever lost in the winds of change

Oh the Great White Tribe, is nothing strange
Only scattered and ever lost in the winds of change

Oh the Great White Tribe, is nothing strange
Only scattered and ever lost in the winds of change

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
Sometimes I wish I was a blue job up in the sky
I wouldn't have to walk if I could fly
but I'll be a brown job until I die
with 10 years to go in the RLI

Mmmmm Mmmmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm...

The Sergeant that signed me up
had a face like the back of a truck
a tattoo on his knee and legs like a Mugwa tree
and the medic that did my test
he left me standing in my best
and then when I didn't see
he stabbed with the T A B

Sometimes I wish I was a blue job up in the sky
I wouldn't have to walk if I could fly
but I'll be a brown job until I die
with 10 years to go in the RLI

Down at the Quartermaster's store
I said I'd take size 4
they gave me size 3 for sports
it was a pair of open-neck shorts
I was in the cookhouse queue
waiting for my beans and stew
The cook just winks at me
and slips the Blue-stone in my tea

Sometimes I wish I was a blue job up in the sky
I wouldn't have to walk if I could fly
but I'll be a brown job until I die
with 10 years to go in the RLI

Standing on parade
Never get a bit o' shade
out in the blazin' sun
with the temperature 101
and you know there's nothing worse
than doing the assault course
When the sweat is running free
and it smells like a chibuli

Sometimes I wish I was a blue job up in the sky
I wouldn't have to walk if I could fly
but I'll be a brown job until I die
with 10 years to go in the RLI

We had a contact the other day
but the terrs all ran away
We were firing the MAG, from the hip like Audie Murphy
So if I go up in a puff of smoke
It's better than being a slope
or a fuzz from the BSAP
I'd very much rather be me

Sometimes I wish I was a blue job up in the sky
I wouldn't have to walk if I could fly
but I'll be a brown job until I die
with 10 years to go in the RLI

Mmmmm Mmmmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm...
Mmmmm Mmmmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm...

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

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Chilbuli is sorgum beer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chibuku_Shake_Shake

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
We stood for what we know is right
We stood against the red star's might
We won the fight upon the battlefield
but then the politicians came and played a silent alien game
They said that we should bend and we should yield

and the snakes and snipers plagued us in the bush
but they couldn't ever beat us with the sword
Now the snakes and snipers hide behind the pen
and try to get us with the written word

They say the pen is bold and free
and mightier than the sword could be
but puppets are the scribes that write the play
Those puppets do not know their lot
They've never heard an angry shot
and only write to earn a weekly pay

and the snakes and snipers plagued us in the bush
but they couldn't ever beat us with the sword
Now the snakes and snipers hide behind the pen
and try to get us with the written word

So write your periodicals, Sunday penny horribles
and keep on sniping at us from afar
It takes much more than that to keep a troopie from his beauty sleep
Be proud of what we did and what we are

and the snakes and snipers plagued us in the bush
but they couldn't ever beat us with the sword
Now the snakes and snipers hide behind the pen
and try to get us with the written word

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

[Lyrics]
These are the thoughts
That run through the sky warriors mind
He is a man, a very special kind

Our wings, are a fortress to our land
Today a special missions' planned
Dear land, today I'll serve thee well
My motherland, has gone through hell
No one, in the world to heed her
Tom morrow the world will know Green Leader

Fight anywhere, and everywhere
Speed, and courage and a prayer
Seek and strike, strike from above
Do it for, the ones ya love
and as our sections, now deploy
a minute to run, seek and destroy
Swift to support, men and machines
Aspire to, achieve our dreams

“Lusaka Tower, this is Green Leader. This is a message for the station commander at Mumba from the Rhodesian Air Force. We are attacking the terrorist base at Westlands farm at this time. This attack is against Rhodesian dissidents and not against Zambia. Rhodesia has no quarrel, repeat, no quarrel, with Zambia or her security forces. We therefore ask you not to intervene or oppose our attack. However, we are orbiting your airfield at this time and are under orders to shoot down any Zambian Air Force aircraft which does not comply with this request and attempts to take off. Did you copy all that?”
"Copy"
"Roger That, Cheers!"

This is what God would have willed
Kill or see the children killed
My little country cries for peace
No one will hear, her case at least
No one in the world to heed her
Tomorrow the world will know Green Leader
No one in the world to heed her
Tomorrow the world will know Green Leader

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]

2 years, 2 months ago

I read a book by John Coey called A Martyr Speaks. It is the journal of an American Marine that went and fought in Rhodesia and died.
He said this in the book.
"On occasion, I could see trucks taking food and other supplies over the bridge to the Zambians"
and "While Zambia harbors terrorists, Rhodesia's best sanction against her would be cutting off electricity from Kariba. But this action is not taken because the Anglo-American copper mines and smelters would shut down."

Around 1974 Terrorists were based in Zambia and Mozambique and would run into Rhodesia, kill kill kill and run back to their respective safehavens in the aforementioned countries.

Rhodesia at the time had the absolute power to roll right over the borders into Zambia and Mozambique and could have ended the war in it's track in about a month.

Rhodesia ALSO could have won in another way. A MUCH MUCH easier way. They could have just STOPPED sending food aid to Zambia and Mozambique. Zambia would have starved out in a month or two. Mozambique would have lost the fight.
Either way they would have won. Know why they didn't ? Copper mines owned by Anglo-American in Zambia needed well fed workers. The same owners of those mines where ALSO arming the rebels.

Who owned Anglo-American copper ?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glencore

Then figure out what year Glencore started in Zambia... Follow the money
then look who pardoned the owner of those mines for world wide tax evasion
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John Alan Coey (12 November 1950 – 19 July 1975) was an American soldier who served in the Rhodesian Army as one of "the Crippled Eagles", a loosely organised group of US expatriates fighting for the unrecognised government of Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) during that country's Bush War. A devout Christian and fervent anti-communist, he was the first American fatality of the war. He moved to Rhodesia to join its army in 1972, the day after graduating from college in his home town of Columbus, Ohio, and served until he was killed in action in 1975. He kept a journal throughout his service that was posthumously published as A Martyr Speaks.
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Original Video by Sobieski here https://youtu.be/jrhvaTpQfNc Backing up everything Rhodesia as Youtube tube is deleting it all slowly.

2 years, 3 months ago

This video is not mine. It's from Gwen Cole https://vimeo.com/63805293. With all the banning of anything Rhodesia. I'm backing it up here.

This short film highlights some of the ways that war effects people through the eye's of my mother. Our family lived through the Rhodesian war and all of us have been effected in one way or another.

Many of the photos were photographed by my mother during 1978. The video's cover photo was taken 3 miles from the Zambian border, near Mushumbi Pools. The little boy on the truck is me at 8 years old and we were escorted by guards who were from the Gwelo police. We think they were temporarily stationed in the Mushumbi Pools during the time we visited my sister. She and her husband were working for Tilcor, an organisation setup to educate people in rural areas on farming the land. This area of the country was extremely dangerous at the time!

2 years, 3 months ago

A Game for Vultures was the first British film about the Rhodesian Bush War.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_for_Vultures

During the late 1970s, as the Rhodesian Bush War reaches its height, arms dealer David Swansey (Richard Harris) is a "sanctions busting" specialist, one of many who keeps the Rhodesian Security Forces supplied through black market purchases despite an extensive international arms embargo. Swansey's latest assignment is to arrange the illicit purchase of military helicopters, which he acquires in the form of surplus Bell UH-1s being auctioned from a United States Air Force base in West Germany. However, word of this transaction is soon leaked to a foreign office of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), which applies strong political pressure in an attempt to kill the deal in its cradle. Due to this, the helicopters are barred from reaching Rhodesia and instead diverted to neighbouring South West Africa.

2 years, 3 months ago

Filmed entirely in Rhodesia during the Bush War.

Terrick (James Faulkner), a British South Africa Police officer in rural Rhodesia, looks forward towards the end of his police service and early retirement to his farm with his fiancée, Sally (Sybil Danning). Terrick's hopes for a peaceful life with Sally are shattered, however, when black nationalist guerrillas attack the farm. Sally is raped and murdered by the guerrilla leader, an albino known only by the moniker "Whispering Death" (Horst Frank). Consumed by grief, Terrick and his farmworkers, led by Katchemu (Sam Williams) set out to avenge Sally on their own. They subsequently learn that the guerrillas have summoned the local villagers to a meeting to politicize them and lay an ambush for "Whispering Death" there. However Terrick's party opens fire prematurely, killing and injuring some of the civilians present. The Rhodesian government demands that Terrick's police superior, Bill (Christopher Lee) hold him accountable for his recklessness and bring him to justice. From its perspective he has endangered the war effort by inflaming the relationship between the security forces and the locals through his irresponsible actions. Bill obligingly orders a manhunt for Terrick, but most of the policemen sympathize with their onetime colleague and are demoralized by the fact they are being ordered to pursue him instead of the guerrillas. They abandon the manhunt and return to their homes. Due to the apparent unwillingness of the police to apprehend Terrick, a crack army unit is called in to assist with the manhunt.

"Whispering Death" and his guerrillas decide to flee across the border to their sanctuaries in a neighbouring country. However, Terrick and Katchemu, who is an expert tracker, are hot on their trail. The duo become increasingly desperate, with Katchemu torturing a captured guerrilla for information. During a series of bloody skirmishes, Katchemu and nearly all the guerrillas are killed, leaving only Terrick and "Whispering Death" to face each other. Terrick gains the upper hand and stabs his opponent to death. The next morning, pursuing Rhodesian troops finally catch up to Terrick, but he is no longer coherent, having lost his mind as a result of the collective trauma he endured. When he threatens the soldiers with his rifle, they shoot him dead.

2 years, 3 months ago

A Rhodesian documentary made in 1978 - in the height of the Rhodesian Bush War. This video was never seen ever since until now. It was donated to Our Site, http://www.newrhodesian.net by a former Rhodesian Light Infantry Chaplain, who actually made this film. He added:

"...The color version had a long story: I was asked by the then Minister of Defence P.K.Van de Byl to make the film for the international market and did so by "calling up" several RTV staff into service...and we eventually completed the movie in its current form under the umbrella organization called "Friends of the Chaplain Corps" which I founded as a "non military" organization that could operate in the civilian world..."

2 years, 3 months ago

[Lyrics]
Roland was a warrior
From the Land of the Midnight Sun
With a Thompson gun for hire
Fighting to be done
The deal was made in Denmark
On a dark and stormy day
So he set out for Biafra
To join the bloody fray

Through sixty-six and seven
They fought the Congo war
With their fingers on their triggers
Knee-deep in gore
For days and nights they battled
The Bantu to their knees
They killed to earn their living
And to help out the Congolese

[Chorus]
Roland the Thompson gunner
Roland the Thompson gunner

His comrades fought beside him
Van Owen and the rest
But of all the Thompson gunners
Roland was the best
So the CIA decided
They wanted Roland dead
That son-of-a-bitch Van Owen
Blew off Roland's head

[Chorus]
Roland the headless Thompson gunner
(Time, time, time for another peaceful war)
Norway's bravest son
(But time stands still for Roland 'til he evens up the score)
They can still see his headless body
Stalking through the night
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun

Roland searched the continent
For the man who'd done him in
He found him in Mombasa
In a barroom drinking gin
Roland aimed his Thompson gun
He didn't say a word
But he blew Van Owen's body
From there to Johannesburg

[Chorus]
Roland the headless Thompson gunner
Roland the headless Thompson gunner
Roland the headless Thompson gunner
(Talkin' about the man)
Roland the headless Thompson gunner

The eternal Thompson gunner
Still wandering through the night
Now it's ten years later
But he still keeps up the fight
In Ireland, in Lebanon
In Palestine and Berkeley
Patty Hearst heard the burst
Of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it

[Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]
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A new version of the great song Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon and David Lindel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_the_Headless_Thompson_Gunner
It is sung by Lauren O'Connell
https://www.laurenoconnell.com/

The fictional character Roland is a Norwegian who becomes embroiled in the aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War and Congo Crisis of the 1960s—the lyrics mention the years 1966 and 1967, which correspond to the mercenary-led Kisangani Mutinies after the Congo Crisis. He earns a reputation as the greatest Thompson gunner, a reputation that attracts the attention of the CIA. Roland is betrayed and murdered by a fellow mercenary, Van Owen, who blows off his head. Roland becomes the phantom "headless Thompson gunner" and eventually has his revenge, when he catches Van Owen in a Mombasa bar and guns him down. Afterward, he continues "wandering through the night". Other violent conflicts of the succeeding decade are said to be haunted by Roland, including Ireland, Lebanon, Palestine, and Berkeley, California.

The video is of the Congo War. I believe it to be based on 'Mad' Mike Hoare.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Mike_Hoare
In 1964–65 soldier for hire Mike Hoare and a handful of mercenaries defeated a horde of drug-addled communist Simba rebels—and Che Guevara—to reclaim the Congo
In war some cities fall in battle, others by starvation. But in early August 1964 Stanleyville—present-day Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—fell to black magic. From the windows of the U.S. Consulate on Avenue Eisenhower the few Americans who hadn’t evacuated were astounded to see their ostensible protectors in the Armée Nationale Congolaise (ANC) desert their posts and flee. Moments later a bare-chested witch doctor walked up the street, chanting and waving palm branches to sweep the city of government troops—and it worked. Some 1,500 soldiers threw down their rifles, machine guns and mortars and abandoned Stanleyville to a mere 300 warriors armed with little more than spears, bows and hoodoo.

2 years, 3 months ago

8mm Footage of 1971 Salisbury, Rhodesia.
The Music is:
John Edmond - Farewell Britannia
Clem Tholet - What a Time it Was Rhodesia
Clem Tholet - Peace Dream
Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra - Afrikaan Beat

2 years, 3 months ago

The South African Border War, also known as the Namibian War of Independence, and sometimes denoted in South Africa as the Angolan Bush War, was a largely asymmetric conflict that occurred in Namibia (then South West Africa), Zambia, and Angola from 26 August 1966 to 21 March 1990. It was fought between the South African Defence Force (SADF) and the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), an armed wing of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). The South African Border War resulted in some of the largest battles on the African continent since World War II and was closely intertwined with the Angolan Civil War.

2 years, 3 months ago

Operation Dingo, was a major raid conducted by the Rhodesian Security Forces against the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) headquarters of Robert Mugabe at Chimoio and a smaller camp at Tembue in Mozambique from 23–25 November 1977. Chimoio was a large ZANLA encampment and training facility, and launch pad for insurgents infiltrating into Rhodesia. More than 3,000 ZANLA fighters were reported as killed and 5,000 wounded while only one pilot and one SAS soldier died and six were wounded.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dingo

2 years, 3 months ago

The Chop-Line (or: The Cutline)
Between bushes and trees.
Between borders we all wait for tomorrow.
But at eighteen we were all lost.
How could we understand.

And who weighs our lives now
Because only God alone knows why we tremble
Because at eighteen we all just wanted to live.
Just one flash and your life was over.

Are you calling to me?
Are you calling me back to the "Border" my friend?
Through the years, the world has turned.
When we were young, how would we have imagined this?

Are you looking for me?
Looking for me now, in the dust and your blood?
You said you heard how God was calling you.
Then it was all over.

After all these years
Far gone, we’re driven by the deeds we committed:
Only soldiers live with the damage caused by borders
How can we understand?

For that bush swallows our tracks.
In the dark bush, brothers were born.
Together in the dark, we prayed for a tomorrow.
But in a single flash, your life was over.

Are you calling to me?
Are you calling me back to the "Chopline" my friend?
Through the years, the world has turned.
When we were young, how could we have imagined this?

Where are you now?
Is you name inscribed on our walls?
You were never honored and now nobody will ever
write about your life, and about what you still wanted...

And at this wall I stand for hours.
But where is your name now my friend?
Can they not understand?
Young soldiers perish;
Without reason they carry the blame.

Are you calling to me?
Are you calling me back to the "Kaplyn" my friend?
Through the years, the world has turned.
When we were young, how could we have imagined this?

And at this wall I stand for hours.

And at this wall I stand for hours.

2 years, 3 months ago