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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.  Covos Day
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.  (aviation)
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. Also a Deluxe leather-bound Edition.
NOTE - this is a huge book!
Size - 297x210mm, 1002 pages (68mm thick!), over 600 photographs, plus diagrams and maps.
ISBN 0 620 23759 7.
Canberra - In Southern African Service - M Hamence & W Brent
Canberra - In Southern African Service - M Hamence & W Brent (aviation)
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. 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 EW role and includes an aerial photograph of the Soviet "spy ship" Kapushka.
Size - 297x210mm, 96 pages, 26 colour & 65 b/w photographs.
IBSN 0 958 38804 0.
Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins
Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins (aviation)
The personal experiences and exploits of Monster Wilkins (still serving as a brigadier-general), who is 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.
Size - 297x210mm, 154 pages, 39 colour & 192 b/w photographs.
IBSN 0 958 38807 5.
Echos of an African War - Chas Lotter.  Covos Day
Echos of an African War - Chas Lotter (bush war)
A photographic anthology by Africa’s acclaimed soldier-poet. Coffee-table format with alternative pages of haunting poetry, mirrored by some stunning original photography. Also a 150 leather-bound, gilded Limited Edition.
Size - 330x248mm, 208 pages, 650 colour photographs.
ISBN 0 620 23091 6.
Eye in the Sky - A Brief History of the SA Police Air Wing - H Bosman
Eye in the Sky - A Brief History of the SA Police Air Wing - Herman Bosman (aviation)
A Brief history of the SA Police Service Air Wing, recording the use of SAAF aircraft to assist the SAP from the early 1920's to the 1980's when SAP received their own aircraft and helicopters. He records for the first time the SAP involvement in Rhodesia and SWA/Namibia from 1966.
Size - 297x210mm, 148 pages, 42 colour & 184 b/w photographs.
IBSN 0 958 38805 9.
Fireforce - One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Chris Cock
Fireforce - One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Chris Cocks (bush war)
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 bush, this is not for the squeamish. Has been compared with Commando and Dispatches. Includes the RLI roll of honour, citations and operational orders, as appendices.
Size - 228x155mm, 368 pages, 120 colour & b/w photos, map and sketches.
Softcover - ISBN 1 919874 32 1
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LRDG Rhodesia - Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group
LRDG Rhodesia - Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group - Johnathan Pittaway & Craig Fourie
This long awaited book traces the history of Rhodesian 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, 2002. Large format, 268pp, 600 + colour & b/w ills, maps etc.
Mapolisa - Some Reminiscences of a Rhodesian Policeman - D Craven.  CovosDay
Mapolisa - Some Reminiscences of a Rhodesian Policeman - D Craven (autobiography)
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.
Size - 222x152mm, 216 pages, 66 b/w illustrations, map.
ISBN 0 620 22522 X.
Ragtime Soldiers, The Rhodesian experience in the 1st World War - P McLaughlin
Many countries remained peaceful backwaters in the years 1914-18, but Southern Rhodesia was not among those which remained aloof. Rhodesians patriotically flocked to the colours in August 1914, impatient to get to the battlefronts. Hundreds of them died or were maimed in this romantic pursuit of the glory of war; illusions were shattered like the bodies of the victims, and few who survived were unmarked by the nightmare through which they had lived.
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Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff.  Galago
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff (bush war)
The story of the Selous Scouts Regiment of Rhodesia, (Special Forces psuedo-terrorist unit) formed in 1973 and abolished without benefit of formal disbandment in 1980. It was officially credited with being directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of 68% of all guerrillas killed within Rhodesia during the war - for the loss of less than 40 Selous Scouts.
Size - 180x112mm, 752 pages, 27 b/w photos, maps and illustrations.
ISBN 0 620 06674 1

NB - the story of the Selous Scouts (after Rhodesian disbandment, as reformed SA Recce units), is covered in Peter Stiff's
The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994
Survival Course - Chris Cocks.  CovosDay
Survival Course - Chris Cocks (autobiography)
The sequel to the best-selling Fireforce. Chronicling the author’s 15-month experience, up to Zimbabwean independence in 1980, as a stick-leader in the specialist PATU (Police Anti-Terrorist Unit), operating on Rhodesia’s eastern border. Part Two of the book deals with the author’s traumatic and harrowing transition to civilian life in post-war Zimbabwe.
Size - 222x152mm, 244 pages, 40 b/w photographs, map. ISBN 0 620 24115 2
Taming the Landmine - Peter Stiff.  Galago
Taming the Landmine - Peter Stiff (bush war)
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 in Rhodesia and later in South Africa.
Size 330x245mm, 128 pages, over 300 illustrations.
IBSN 0 9470 2004 7
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The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - Barbara Cole
The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - Barbara Cole (bush war)
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.
Size 194x130mm, 461 pages, 56 b/w photographs, maps.
ISBN 0 620 08517 7
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NB - the story of the Rhodesian SAS (after Rhodesian disbandment, as reformed SA Recce units), is covered in Peter Stiff's The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994
The History of the British South Africa Police - P Gibbs & H Phillips
The History of the British South Africa Police - P Gibbs & H Phillips (military history)
This definitive volume traces the history of one of the world's finest police forces and how it shaped a nation.  The book is contained in two parts: the abridged and updated twin histories by the late Peter Gibbs, from the hardship of settlement in early Rhodesia in 1899 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939, as originally published in his now-scarce early 1970s volumes; and by Hugh Phillips whose painstaking research covers the equally tumultuous years from 1940 to 1980 when the country became the fledgling state of Zimbabwe.
Size - 235x155mm, 460 pages, 72 pages b/w, 24 pages colour illustrations.
ISBN 0 646 40119 X
The Regiment - A History and Uniforms of the British South Africa Police - R Hamley
The Regiment - A History and Uniforms of the British South Africa Police - R Hamley (military history)
A stunning coffee-table pictorial production, with the author's own vivid water colour plates included.  Traces the development of this fine colonial military / paramilitary police force in Rhodesia from the 1890s to 1980.  Also a Deluxe leather-bound hardback Edition. 
Size 297x210mm, 160 pages, 75 colour plates.
ISBN 0 620 25394 0
The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994 - Peter Stiff.  Galago
The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994 - Peter Stiff (military history)
It is the ultimate book on 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.
Size - 242x168mm, 608 pages, 24 pp b/w and colour illustrations.
ISBN 0 620 24300 7 - hardcover
ISBN 1 919854 04 5 - softcover
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