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In Conversation with Al J Venter~~~~10999~13516~~
Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

Book condition
- Book - Hardback 1st Edition 1999. Very good clean tight copy.
- Dust jacket - very good condition, one very small tear at back (2mm).
ISBN 0620237562 N~~Pamwe Chete (HB 1999)|ISBN 0620237562 N|~10999~13368~~
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 two Editions: Standard Edition & Leatherbound Limited Edition

Leatherbound Edition
The book will be leather bound and signed by Craig bone (artist) and Keith Nell (author) and the DVD will be signed by three or four dignitaries who feature in the DVD, and distributed in a special presentation case. It is envisaged that the special edition of the book will be restricted to 100 numbered copies - and the special edition of the DVD to 150 numbered copies, of which 100 copies will be reserved for buyers of the book. Limited editions of the book and DVD will be restricted to one per buyer. This will make 50 special edition DVDs available to be purchased without having to buy the book, and any DVDs left over after all 100 books are sold, will also be made available to anyone interested.

Planned print date: Moved out to late 2011.
Prices: To be advised shortly
ITEM CODE: VIDO~"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
A numbered Limited Edition is still being considered

Planned print date: Moved out to early 2011.
ITEM CODE - VIDO~Viscount Down - Book|ISBN 9780620493581 - SA|Viscount Down - Book|ISBN 9780620493581 - ROW|~10999~13852~~
Contact: A Tribute to those who Serve Rhodesia - 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.
Large format hard cover, 240 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.
1st published by Galaxie Press 1977. Sepia photos
Reprinted by Khenty Press 1978, 1982. B/W photos.

Galaxie Press 1977. Book condition:
Book
- Boards in resonably good condition. Bookseller sticker (Townsend) on inside board. Inscriptions and autographs including Gen Walls. Book was gift to an American soldier who served in Rhodesia. Book clean and tight, some pages browned.
Dust Jacket - Dust jacket has bumping and minor tears around the edges. Photo on left is not of the actual cover, but in similiar to condition.

Enclosed are two flight boarding cards (Air Rhodesia & SAA) that the original owner had for his flight out of the country Sept 78 - used as book marks/reminder? ~~Contact 1|ISBN 0869250531G|~10999~13565~~
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')

Hard cover 2nd Edition 1985
Book condition - Very good clean tight condition. No inscriptions. Boards slightly marked, corners slightly bumped with normal use.
Book cover condition - Brand new (had obtained stock of covers separately)

Item Code: ISBN 0620 074213A~



~The Elite (H/Cover)|ISBN 0620074213A|~10999~1488~The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - Barbara Cole, rhodesian special forces~
Cross of Honour - Ian Uys~The Honoris Crux (Cross of Honour) was South Africa's premier gallantry decoration awarded to members of the Defence Force between 1961 and 1991. The stories behind over 300 of these awards and other medals for bravery are graphically told - ranging from outstanding valour in all types of warfare to exceptional heroism displayed in saving lives. For these soldiers, sailors and airmen the common denomination was courage - and the Cross of Honour.
Uys Publishers, Germiston. 1992. Hardcover, 196pp. Black & white photographs~~Cross of Honour|ISBN 0958317321|~10999~13832~~
Noted journalist and author of many books, Al J Venter, is being 'grilled' by journalist John Coster, discussing Al's experiences of modern African conflicts.~Listen in at this unique Book Signing event being held in London at the Frontline Club on the 26 May 2011 6:30pm. By kind invitation of 30DS UK in partnership with the Frontline Club.~~~10999~13644~~
Noted journalist and author of many books, Al J Venter, is being 'grilled' by journalist John Coster, discussing Al's experiences of modern African conflicts. |
Checkout / Secure Server problem now fixed 08/07/2011~The checkout secure server downtime that we experienced over the last few days has been fixed. The e-commerce company that ran the secure server that we use had gone into liquidation - the server has now been transferred to another e-commerce provider. At no time has any personal information been compromised. Many thanks. 08/07/11 20:30~~~10999~13704~~
Zulu Zulu Golf:Two Years with Koevoet - Arn Durand~A member of the notorious Special Ops K (‘Koevoet’) writes of his extensive experiences in the Border War~~~10999~13594~~
Zulu Zulu Golf:Two Years with Koevoet - Arn Durand |
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.~~~10999~13557~~
African Combat: Rhodesian Security Forces Anti-Terrorist Operations Counter Insurgency Manuals |
Shaking Hands with Billy: The Private Memoirs of Anthony Richard Turton - AR Turton~Dr Turton’s work is the record of a personal journey, through one man’s experiences of various branches of the South Africa Security infrastructure. It is a detailed recollection, and almost obsessively footnoted and cross referenced. It provides a surprisingly intimate glimpse into a hidden world, the subterranean part of the ice-berg that was “The State”. The book takes us beyond this personal narrative however, leading us to explore in our memories and experiences the way that the personal relates to the communal; how the miracle of the 1994 elections had many precursors in some of the most secretive aspects of the National Party created apparatus, and how those experiences could, or should, inform our journey onward as both a society and a country.~~~10999~13490~~
Shaking Hands with Billy: The Private Memoirs of Anthony Richard Turton - AR Turton |
Inside the Danger Zones: Travels to Arresting Places - Paul Moorcraft~As a freelance war correspondent and military analyst over the last three decades, Paul Moorcraft has been through a series of conflicts from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, covering coups and counter-coups across the globe. Along the way he encounters some of the most dangerous people in the world; in Afghanistan when the West was training bin Laden’s Mujahedin fighters, interviewing Mugabe during the Rhodesian Bush War of the late 1970s and travelling to meet Saddam on the eve of the 2003 allied invasion of Iraq.~~~10999~13396~~
Inside the Danger Zones: Travels to Arresting Places - Paul Moorcraft |
A Place Called Charlie Tango - Charles Beaumont~Set in the late 1970's during the closing stages of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia's long and bitter Bush War, this terrifyingly vivid, true-to-life account paints an unforgettable picture of life and death on a remote African outpost, deep in the arid heart of the terrorist-infested bushveld.This extraordinarily brutal yet, ultimately, heart-warming real-life drama lays bare the unrelenting horror and constant danger that all those who lived there faced in this chilling cat-and-mouse conflict, the tragic consequences of which still resonate to this day.~~~10999~13074~~
A Place Called Charlie Tango - Charles Beaumont |
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 Rhodesian bush war. A unique but brief book on the various fascinating armoured vehicles and weapons developed for counter-insurgency. Includes a general history of the bush war and tactics employed - the country was under international sanctions, and as a result many innovative and cost-effective 'home-made' industries came into being.
This book has been out of print for many years and 'hard-to-find' good second hand copies demand high prices. However we have managed to find a few copies that had been stashed in storage and forgotten about. Hurry if you want a copy! ~~~10999~13414~~
Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80 - Peter G Locke & Peter D F Cooke |
War Stories by Al Venter and Friends~A 35 chapter compendium of military writing, ranging from pieces on the Rhodesia Bush war, SA Border Wars, Portugal's wars, Iraq, Afganistan ….~~~10999~13012~~
War Stories by Al Venter and Friends |
Unique Book Signing Event - 'In Converstation with Al J Venter'~26 May 2011, 6:30 pm - Frontline Club, London.~~~10999~13646~~
Book Signing - 'In Converstation with Al J Venter'~30DS UK, in partnership with the Frontline Club London, invites you to this Book Signing event that will see Al Venter in conversation with journalist John Coster, discussing his experiences of modern African conflicts. Al Venter's unusual claim to fame is that, after covering conflicts on almost all continents for near-on five decades, he is still alive. That comes through rather forcefully in his last book, Barrel of a Gun, recently released and available on this website. Doing a personal tally while writing "Barrel" he discovered that he'd had about a dozen whisker-width scrapes, most of which might have ended otherwise. He puts a lot of it down to luck and a peculiar redilection for regarding the most absurdly dangerous situations as comical, especially when it is anything but. It is all nerves, he admits, but goes on to say that a smile and a bit of banter when the chips really are down, sometimes helps....
This is a rare and unprecedented opportunity to hear Al speak; expect a searching and revealing evening that will cover blood diamonds, al-Qaeda and the Islamic quest for nuclear weapons. Al will also be talking about his new book: Neal Ellis - Helicopter Gunship Pilot: Mercenary. (Also available to pre-order on this site too). Booking essential.~~~10999~13645~~
Book Signing - 'In Converstation with Al J Venter' |
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COMING VERY SOON - THE BOOK OF THE YEAR !~If you have not put your name down, do so now. We will notify you as soon as the book is ready to be ordered. Save with the 'Early Bird' discount!~~~10999~13508~~
New Year Sale - 1st-9th Jan 2011~Scattered about on this website are several titles on sale with 20% off ! Hurry before stock runs out.
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Dispatching very soon !~Dispatching 1st-2nd week Jan 2011~~~10999~13342~~
Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour 1966-1981 - A Haggett & G van Tonder~From The Original by Dr JRT Wood
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 Bush War. 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. Sufficient copies will be secured based on orders received - Order and pay before 11 November 2011 to secure a copy.~~~10999~13797~~
Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour 1966-1981 - A Haggett & G van Tonder |
The Search for Puma 164: Operation Uric and the Assault on Mapai - Neill Jackson & Rick Van Malsen~The story of Op Uric/Bootlace and SAAF Puma 164.~~~10999~13126~~
The Search for Puma 164: Operation Uric and the Assault on Mapai - Neill Jackson & Rick Van Malsen |
Mugabe And The White African (DVD)~Recently shown in cinemas in the UK / USA this year (2010), this 'must see' film is now available on DVD.
Michael Campbell is one of a handful of white farmers still left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began enforcing his controversial land seizure program, an initiative intended to reclaim white-owned land and redistribute it to poor black Zimbabweans. Since 2000, formerly thriving farms that employed thousands, now sit derelict while poverty and hunger are rife amongst the majority of the country s citizens; but 74-year-old Mike refuses to back down. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 2008 presidential election, Mugabe and the White African follows Mike and son-in-law Ben Freeth's harrowing attempt to take Mugabe to an international court for racism and violation of their human rights. It is an unprecedented case, upon which rests not only Mike and his family s future, but also the future of millions of ordinary Zimbabweans who continue to suffer at the hands of one of the world's most infamous tyrants. Much of this film was shot covertly - to have been caught filming would have meant imprisonment.~~~10999~13141~~
Mugabe And The White African (DVD) |
Poster - Zimbabwe Banknotes & Coins~A1 sized poster showing Zimbabwean banknotes & coins produced between Zimbabwe's independence in 1980 and the currency's suspension 28 years later. It shows how frequently the denominations changed with the addition and removal of zeros due to the effects of hyper-inflation - the highest note ever printed was 100 Trillion Dollars! Despite attempts to control inflation by legislation and three separate redenominations in 2006, 2008 and 2009, the use of the Zimbabwe dollar as an official currency was effectively abandoned on 12 April 2009 as a result of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe legalising the use of foreign currencies for day-to-day transactions within the country in January 2009.~~~10999~13066~~
Poster - Zimbabwe Banknotes & Coins |
Darwin Days: Stories from Mount Darwin and Centenary East in Rhodesia’s North-East 1889-1980 - Chris Whitehead & Nick Russell~As told by commerical farmers, members of the security forces, civilians and civil servants.
The long awaited compilation of stories from the farmers, members of the security forces, civilians and civil servants who made the Mount Darwin and Centenary East farming areas some of the most productive in Rhodesia. More than 65 personal stories documents the lives of the farmers, civilians, civil servants and security force members in Rhodesia's north east during the bitter terrorist war of the 1970's and includes contributions from some well known authors Chris Cocks, Richard Woods, and the late Ron Reid Daly. ~~~10999~13530~~
Darwin Days: Stories from Mount Darwin and Centenary East in Rhodesia’s North-East 1889-1980 - Chris Whitehead & Nick Russell |
Viscount Down: The Survivors Story - DVD~DVD (Book still to be printed - sold separately, details to follow shortly)
This well produced 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". This DVD is very powerful and extremely moving. Viewer discretion advised. Available in standard and limited edition versions. Ideal companion to the soon to be printed well researched and up-to-date book Viscount Down by Keith Nell, a SAS soldier who was actually there.~~~10999~13465~~
Viscount Down: The Survivors Story - DVD |
Saturday's Soldiers: The Hunter Group - Paul Els~In 1966, forward thinking OC Gil Van Kerckhoven of the South African Irish Regiment saw that the quality and morale of new soldiers was very low due to in-effective training being given by the army at the time. He also felt that with the up-coming threat of guerrilla type of warfare, that the conventional warfare mindset of the South African Defence Force was outdated. He created the Hunter Group in 1968 with the primary aim of providing specialist anti-guerrilla training to volunteers who wanted more training that was normally provided to National Serviceman / Infantrymen. In June 1969, over 60 men became the first to wear the converted and distinctive scorpion badge signifying that they had completed a minimum of 100 hours of Hunter Training. By 1970, over 700 men had been Hunter trained. In 1974, Hunter Group was dis-banded. (Some Hunters, after successfully passing a SAS style selection course then formed 2 Reconnaissance Regiment). This book gives a brief overview of what the Hunter Group was all about, it's key members, training content, and various articles written at the time.~~~10999~13455~~
Saturday's Soldiers: The Hunter Group - Paul Els |
Parabats on the Border: The Combat War Diary of Bravo Company, 1 Para Bn, 1977 - Edited by Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman~Bravo Company spent a very "busy" 124 days fighting and patrolling against SWAPO on the Border in SWA. This book is a facsimile of the entire book - a diary. In the diary are: Daily reports, "Contact" and "Follow Up" reports which formed part of the de-briefing sessions after the Paras returned from a Patrol or a fire fight with SWAPO, Bravo Company Parabat Training course photos, Names and photos of members of Bravo Company, Maps of the operational area. If you served on the Border or would like to know what it was like, then this book will defintely bring back many memories or will give the reader who did not "serve" an idea of what it was like in the Army during the war.~~~10999~13433~~
Parabats on the Border: The Combat War Diary of Bravo Company, 1 Para Bn, 1977 - Edited by Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman |
A Guide to South African Military Awards - Paul Matthysen~Possibly regarded as being the "Bible" on The Military Awards of South Africa - a most complete reference book available. This book covers the following periods: The Boer War, World War 1 and 2, Korea, The Border War and the current SANDF and covers all the possible topics with over 70 medals and awards explained in detail.~~~10999~13431~~
A Guide to South African Military Awards - Paul Matthysen |
Parabat: A Guide to South African Airborne Units (Volume 1) - Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman~Together with the upcoming Volume 2, both books contains the precise history of all the parabat units. It also contains the list of the commanding officers, and covers training and selection, border duties, badges, insignia and stable belts.~~~10999~13432~~
Parabat: A Guide to South African Airborne Units (Volume 1) - Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman |
1 Parachute Battalion 1986: 25 Year Annual~This is a facsimile of the actual Annual year book as given to the Parabats in 1986. Includes many period photos taken in the Camp at the time.~~~10999~13430~~
1 Parachute Battalion 1986: 25 Year Annual |
Three Sips of Gin - Timothy G Bax~Follow Tim's life from early days in Africa through the wars with Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts and South Africa's 5 Reconnaissance Regiment and then time with a large SA multi-national company.~~~10999~13601~~
Three Sips of Gin - Timothy G Bax |
Bush of Ghosts: Life and War in Namibia - John Liebenberg and Patricia Hayes~War can hide many things but not everything, and a camera can see more than is supposed. The remarkable photographs in this book covers the 1986 to 1990 'Border War'. John Liebenberg's camera entered many places where cameras were not allowed. The photos show battles fought and life lived on both sides, regardless of the conflict. The photographic narrative is strongly augmented by the contextualising essay by historian Patricia Hayes, by transcripts of conversations between herself and Liebenberg as they worked through his photo archive. The book is material for historians and a valuable resource for photographers. But mostly it is a space of recall for those who were there, and a reminder for those who were not.~~~10999~13435~~
Bush of Ghosts: Life and War in Namibia - John Liebenberg and Patricia Hayes |
Call of the Litany Bird: Surviving the Zimbabwe Bush War - Susan Gibbs~A compelling personal account of living through the atrocities of the Rhodesian Bush war and after.~~~10999~13554~~
Call of the Litany Bird: Surviving the Zimbabwe Bush War - Susan Gibbs |
Choppertech 1976-80: A Gunner's Reflection of Fireforce Operations in Rhodesia - G.Shaw~Experiences of a helicopter technican / gunner during the Rhodesian Bush War.
NOTE - book publication is now definitely on track - 12/10/10.~~~10999~12742~~
Choppertech 1976-80: A Gunner's Reflection of Fireforce Operations in Rhodesia - G.Shaw |
African Combat: Rhodesian Security Forces Anti-Terrorist Operations Counter Insurgency Manuals~Reproduced into book format, copies of some of the original 'Restricted' training manuals as used by the Rhodesian Security Forces, including those used by the 'C' Sqn SAS and Selous Scouts Training Troops. African Merc Combat Manual is included. A big book - softback, 455 pages, approx A4 size. (its heavy at 1.3 kg).
Stock finally arriving 1st week Jan 2011~~~10999~13071~~
African Combat: Rhodesian Security Forces Anti-Terrorist Operations Counter Insurgency Manuals |
Tale Gunner: The Lighter Side of South African Military Life - A.J. Brooks~Nothing quite beats that rawness of military humour. It's the same the world over. This hilarious collection of South African military anecdotes will - for the less sensitive reader - have you doubled up with mirth. With 320 pages, there's plenty of funny stories!~~~10999~13424~~
Tale Gunner: The Lighter Side of South African Military Life - A.J. Brooks |
Portugal: The Scramble for Africa - Paul Southern~'The Scramble for Africa' found Portugal weak and vulnerable and totally unprepared for the consequences of the Conference of Berlin. The author presents the reader with a historical picture of Portuguese speaking Africa from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the First World War.~~~10999~13440~~
Portugal: The Scramble for Africa - Paul Southern |
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.
Although this title has been on-site for a long time (as hard covered), we will be releasing the last few remaining brand new softcovered copies for sale.~~~10999~13144~~
The Elite - The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - Barbara Cole |
Stand By! South African Air Force Search and Rescue - Brig-Gen Dick Lord~Unsung heroes-the selfless heroism of South Africa's airmen. Originally published in 1999 as Fire, Flood and Ice, this updated edition includes yet more spectacular South African Air Force (SAAF) search and rescue missions, both military and civilian. Included is the remarkable rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos, for which the author was mentioned in dispatches for his role as commander of the rescue operation. Also new are heart-warming accounts of SAAF rescues during the devastating floods of 2000 in Mozambique, which captured the world's attention.~~~10999~12960~~
Stand By! South African Air Force Search and Rescue - Brig-Gen Dick Lord |
Road to Kalamata: A Congo Mercenary's Personal Memoir - Mike Hoare~At the close of 1960, the newly formed independent state of Katanga in central Africa recruited Hoare and his team to suppress a rebellion by the Baluba, a fierce tribe of warriors rumored to be cannibals and known to torture and dismember any enemy soldiers unlucky enough to be captured. The events recounted in this book occurred in the Congo during the Katanga campaign of 1961, where Colonel Hoare chronicles the metamorphosis of 4 Commando from a loose assembly of individuals into a highly organized fighting unit, while also taking the reader inside the minds and hearts of men who sell their military skills for money. ~~~10999~13224~~
Road to Kalamata: A Congo Mercenary's Personal Memoir - Mike Hoare |
Congo Mercenary - Mike Hoare~In July 1964, after four years of uneasy independence, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was engulfed by an armed rebellion that spread throughout the country like a bush fire. The Congolese government hired legendary mercenary leader Mike Hoare to quell the uprising and bring order to the country.Mike Hoare tells the true story of his resolute band of mercenaries who fought four combat campaigns over an 18-month period during the Congo war. ~~~10999~13221~~
Congo Mercenary - Mike Hoare |
Congo Warriors - Mike Hoare~A follow-up of the earlier book Congo Mercenary. In this account of those war-torn days spent fighting the Simba rebels, Colonel Hoare focuses on the courage and ambitions, the lives and deaths of those men under his command. In an exclusive new foreword and epilogue in this new reprint, Colonel Hoare provides an unparalleled understanding of mercenary action in Africa, the involvement of the CIA in such activities and new insight.~~~10999~13223~~
Congo Warriors - Mike Hoare |
The Seychelles Affair - Mike Hoare~The "Seychelles Affair "is one of the most infamous episodes in the tangled history of mercenary warfare in Africa. The story of the ill-fated coup begins in 1978 when representatives of the exiled Seychelles president approached legendary mercenary commander Mike Hoare - who had successfully quelled the uprisings in the Congo in the early 1960s - to overthrow the Marxist regime then in power. Hoare's story covers all the drama of the backroom scheming, the tense action at the airport on Mahé, the forced landing of the Air India Boeing and the ensuing escape of Hoare's band of mercenaries back to South Africa. He goes on to explain the dealings with South African intelligence agencies, the subsequent prosecution by those who had helped them prepare for the coup, his attempts to organize a proper defense and obtain a fair trial for himself and his 30 men, and what it was like to spend 33 months in a South African prison.~~~10999~13225~~
The Seychelles Affair - Mike Hoare |
Books Wanted~We are presently looking for "Rhodesian Era" and South African military out-of-print books, and will offer excellent prices for copies in good condition (or exchange for new books listed on this site). Some examples, to name a few, are:-

RHODESIA
Contact: Rhodesia at War - John Lovett
Contact 2 - P Moorcroft
Selous Scouts Pictorial - P Stiff
The Elite Pictorial: The Story of the Rhodesian SAS - B Cole
Some Renowned Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1892-1979 (Part 1) - IP MacLaren
More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren

SOUTH AFRICA
Bloodsong! - J Hooper (hardback)
A Long Night's Damage - de Kock~~~10999~1093~~
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Lt-Col R.F. Reid-Daly CLM DMM MBE~Lieutenant Colonel Ronald "Ron" Francis Reid-Daly, the 1st RSM of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, founded and commanded the elite Selous Scouts special forces unit that fought during the Rhodesian Bush War.

He died peacefully after three days of being in a coma 09/08/10 at his home in the Cape, South Africa.

Our sincere condolences to his wife, Glenda & family.

1926-2010. Rest in Peace ~~~10999~12981~~
Special discount offer - this week only!~Pay with PayPal and get 5% off the price of the books! (excluding P&P). Discount will be applied when we send the PayPal Money Request (IE discount will not appear in Checkout). This week only - 19th-24th Sept.~~~10999~13201~~
Email Subscribers - Next quarterly mailshot~Our next mailshot is long overdue. It has been withheld as we would like to include announcements about some fanastic forthcoming publications and events. We hope to send the mailshot out shortly~~~10999~12989~~
Saturday's Soldiers: The Hunter Group - P.Els~(formerly titled 'We Dare: The Hunter Group'. A brief book on the little known training unit 'Hunter Group' that was set up to provide specialist anti-guerrilla type of training for 'conventional war' trained soldiers, prior to the formation of the SA Special Forces Recces.~~~10999~12884~~
Saturday's Soldiers: The Hunter Group - P.Els |
South African Corps of Signals - 3 Volumes - Walter Volker~This is the first time that the histories of most of the South African signal regiments and other related units has been published and made available to the general public. Together with all 3 A4 sized books (600+ pages each), this could be regarded as being the only major reference collection on the history of army signals in South Africa. To give an indication as to the importance and status of this reference work, the official launch which was held in May 2010 at the Wonderboom Military Base, was attended by Gen Georg Meiring, former C SADF & C SANDF as well as no less than 12 other Generals (Lt Gen, Maj Gen and Brig Gen), and about 20 Colonels - in total over 200 attended.
The 3 titles are:-
  Vol 1 - Army Signals in South Africa: The Story of the South African Corps of Signals and its antecedents.
  Vol 2 - Signal Units of the South Africa Corps of Signals and Related Services.
  Vol 3 - 9C - Nine Charlie! Army Signallers in the Field: The Story of the Men and Women of the South African Corps of Signals, and their Equipment.~~~10999~12999~~
South African Corps of Signals - 3 Volumes - Walter Volker |
We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - Paul Els~The story of the South African 1 Parachute Battalion (popularly known as "Parabats") from inception in 1960 up to 1991. In 1966, units of 1 Parachute Battalion first participated in operations as part of the South African Border War in South-West Africa (now Namibia). This involvement was eventually to last for more than twenty years. This battalion also participated in South Africa's first major airborne operation in 1978 - 'Operation Reindeer' - the Battle of Cassinga, where they, together with other battalions attacked a large SWAPO base in Angola, successfully capturing it.~~~10999~12845~~
We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - Paul Els |
Blue and Old Gold: The History of the BSAP 1889–1980 - Peter Gibbs~The BSAP held the Right of the Line - one of the finest police forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Produced in 3 volumes in one 'coffee table' format book 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 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.~~~10999~12756~~
Blue and Old Gold: The History of the BSAP 1889–1980 - Peter Gibbs |
Bloodsong ! First hand accounts of a modern private army in action, Angola 1993-1995 - Jim Hooper~Executive Outcomes was the title of the most successful mercenary army of modern times, having been involved in Angola, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea. This is the story of Executive Outcomes' operations whilst in Angola. The eyebrow raising fact here is that Executive Outcomes' top staff were former South African Defence Force soldiers who had fought against that very same Angolan government in the Bush campaigns of the late 1970s and 1980s. Many of the EO members had served in the finest Special Forces units in South Africa.
ISBN 0007119151 Hardback; 240pp; 24pp colour, bw pics, maps
ISBN 000711916X Paperback, 240pp; 24pp colour, bw pics, maps

NOTE - See latest book by the founder of Executive Outcomes - Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds - Eben Barlow below.

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 BS-JH in 4th box).
       
NB - Please replace the text inside the boxes with your details. After clicking on the 'I am interested' button. the webpage should report that the request has been succesfully sent. If it does not, please email us directly instead. Thank you. ~~~10999~13509~~
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages



Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition.
- Dust jacket - very good condition.
Book Location - UK~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 H|~10999~13620~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
Rhodesia: Jewel of Africa - RC Haw~Author, at the time, was the Minister Of Information, Immigration And Tourism For Rhodesia.
Forward by the Duke of Montrose "Gives a composite picture of Rhodesia, ranging as it does over the whole field of the country's economic, social & political life". At the time of writing, Rhodesia was the bright jewel of Africa, with its natural resources and amazing wildlife.
Flame Lily Books, Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1966. Hardback 151 pages.

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition. Has Haddon & Sly bookseller sticker on inside front board.
- Cover - has few closed tears around edges and chipping at corners.
Book Location - UK~~Rhodesia|9770|~10999~13164~~
The Victoria Falls Illustrated: A Handbook to the Victoria Falls, the Batoka Gorge and Part of the Upper Zambesi River - J Desmond Clark (Editor)~This is a handbook rather than a guidebook, focusing on the history, anthropology, birds, animals, flora and fauna of the area around the Victoria Falls - including the Batonka Gorge and part of the Upper Zambesi River. So rather than duplicating the tourist brochures, this book is concerned with providing an interesting and enjoyable, but at the same time scientifically and historically accurate description of the natural background and historical associations of these amazing Falls in the middle of Africa. The illustrations include items from Livingstone's Sketch book and paintings of intrepid explorers on the Zambesi as well as some wonderful photographs of the Falls themselves and the wildlife which roams around them.
Published by Commission for Preservation of Natural and Historical Monuments and Relics. Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, 1952. Softcover, 160 pages. With 4 colour plates, 32 black and white illustrations, 4 line drawings and 2 maps.

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition. Missing the illustration print that was normally stuck on the front cover. Small chips / splits to head and tail of spine. Covers slightly marked.
Book Location - UK~~The Victoria Falls Illustrated|9690|~10999~13063~~
The Chopper Boys: Helicopter Warfare in Africa - Al J Venter~Book condition
- Book - Very good clean tight copy - as new
- Dust jacket - very good condition.
~~The Chopper Boys|ISBN-13 9781853671777 B|~10999~13503~~
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 3rd Impression 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition.
- Dust jacket - very good condition.
Book Location - UK~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 E|~10999~12524~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
South African Corps of Signals collection - Vol 1. Army Signals in South Africa: The Story of the South African Corps of Signals and its antecedents - Walter Volker~In two parts - The first section consists of a chronological sweep of the history of land-based signals in South Africa, starting with the role of the British army signallers and those of the independent Boer Republics before and during the Boer War, through the two world wars, then on through its climax in manpower and resources during the Border War (1966 to 1989), the involvement of Military Intelligence in setting up the first Electronic Warfare stations, through to the modern era of incorporation of the liberation forces and independent homelands. The transformation resulting from being a part of the newly post-1994 SANDF is also covered in detail.The second section is one of the most comprehensive studies of ceremonial matters as far as they relate to the SA Corps of Signals and related signal units - covering badges, flashes, mottoes, songs and traditions.
Softcover, A4 (297 x 210mm), 694 pages. Illustrated throughout including 50 pages colour plates
NOTE - Not normally stocked - please allow up to 6-8 weeks before dispatch~The Story of the South African Corps of Signals and its antecedents' is impressive work of epic proportions, and together with its two companion volumes, will most probably prove to be the book of reference on army signals in South Africa.

This first volume is a compilation of some previously published material, but consists mainly of new material never before published or accessible to the general public, large parts which have come from verbal recollections, rather than documentation. It is the result of thorough and meticulous research, including over two hundred personal interviews, stretching over a period of many years. Interviewees range from a number of generals to the lowest troop, to ensure a level of authenticity and reality in all aspects of this history. The result of including numerous personal accounts sprinkled throughout the pages of the book is that the history literally comes alive and creates a sense of personal experience and interest, rather than just a record of dry facts. The author/compiler has also gone to pains in ensuring names and places are mentioned wherever possibly, not just dates and events - again this serves to give the account a greater level of human interest.

This work consists of a chronological sweep of the history of land-based signals in South Africa, starting with the role of the British army signallers and those of the independent Boer Republics before and during the Boer War, through the two world wars, then on through its climax in manpower and resources during the Border War (1966 to 1989), the involvement of Military Intelligence in setting up the first Electronic Warfare stations, through to the modern era of incorporation of the liberation forces and independent homelands. The transformation resulting from being a part of the newly post-1994 SANDF is also covered in detail.

The second section is one of the most comprehensive studies of ceremonial matters as far as they relate to the SA Corps of Signals and related signal units - covering badges, flashes, mottoes, songs and traditions.

What makes this a worthwhile addition to the library of any student of military history, is the fact that the signals/communications role is relevant to almost every part of the military machine; as a consequence it provides a good overview of operational aspects as well as behind-the-scenes developments in terms of Electronic Warfare - electronic collection, direction finding, jamming etc. The innovations and inventions that were necessary as a result of South Africa's isolation during recent decades are also well covered. The book also contains one of the most comprehensive lists of border operations yet published.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: BACKGROUND AND EARLY HISTORY
1. Early Roots
2. Early British Signals
3. Early Signals in South Africa (1652 - 1880)

PART II: SA Signals during the Anglo-Boer Wars (1880 -1881 and 1899 - 1902)
4. Field Telegraphy in the South African Republic (ZAR)
5. Field Telegraphy in the OFS Republic State Artillery
6. British Signals during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)

PART III: REORGANISATION AND UNIFICATION
7. Post-War Consolidation and Reorganisation
8. The Bhambatha Rebellion
9. Reorganisation and Unification
10. Establishment of the Union Defence Force (UDF) in 1912

PART IV: SA Signals during World War I (1914 - 1918)
11. The Campaign in German South West Africa
12. Confusion in German East Africa
13. The Signals in Europe

PART V: SA Signals between the Wars (1919 - 1939)
14. Motivation for a Signals Corps
15. Procurement of new Technical Equipment
16. A Signals Corps becomes a necessity
17. The Establishment of the South African Corps of Signals (SACS) in 1923
18. Inadequate Equipment
19. Problems with Establishment Tables are Resolved
20. The SACS liaises with the Outside World
21. Signals Equipment and Other Problems
22. The Radio Reserve of the UDF
23. Reorganisation of the UDF and SACS
24. Reorganisation of the SACS and early Training (1937-1940)

PART VI: SA Signals during World War II (1939 - 1945)
25. Signal Units in South Africa during World War II
26. The Development of Radar and the SSS
27. The Signals in East Africa
28. The War in the Desert
29. The Signals in Madagascar
30. 6 South African Armoured Division in Italy

PART VII: THE SACS DURING THE IMMEDIATE POST-WAR PERIOD FROM 1946 TO 1967
31. Demobilisation and Reorganisation (1946 to 1956)
32. Major Political Changes in 1948
33. Draft System introduced in 1953
34. Consolidation 1957 to 1959
35. The end of the Union Defence Force (UDF) (1912 - 1958) and the Establishment of the SA Defence Force (SADF) in 1958
36. Becoming a Republic in 1961
37. Permanent Force Units established in 1962 - 11 Signals Squadron
38. Additional Citizen Force Units established: 1964 to 1967
39. The Republic Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary in 1966 - 11 Signals Squadron contribution
40. The Post of Secretary of Defence abolished in 1967
41. National Service system adopted in 1967
42. Prelude to Insurgency 1957 to 1967 - Radio Freedom
43. The Role of Command Signal Squadrons/ Units

Part VIII: THE SACS IN THE "BORDER WAR" (1966 to 1989) and "STRUGGLE" PERIOD TO 1993
44. The start of the SWA Border War and Insurgency into South Africa
45. Development of an own Strategic and Tactical EW capability initiated in 1968
46. Development of HF and VHF Tactical Radios initiated in 1968
47. Establishment of 1 Signal Regiment in 1969
48. Republic Day 10 Year in 1971 - 1 Signal Regiment contribution
49. Rationalisation of Signal Unit Identification Numbers in 1971
50. Development of Static Command and Control Telecommunications Systems initiated in 1972 - Project Ebbehout
51. Establishment of 2 Signal Regiment, 3 Electronic Workshop and 4 Electronic Workshop in 1972
52. Golden Jubilee and the First and Only Brigade Parade of the SACS in 1973
53. Movement of the School of Signals and 1 Signal Regiment to Heidelberg in 1973
54. Adoption of the Army Gymnasium in 1973
55. The SADF takes over SAP Tasks in 1 Military Area, SWA in 1973
56. Development of a Mobile Command and Control Telecommunications Systems capability initiated in 1974 - Project Netor
57. Establishment of 1 SA Corps (7 Div and 8 Div) and their Signal Units in 1974
58. Establishment of the unconventional forces Commands and their Signal Units in 1974
59. Development of the MARNET System for the Commandos in 1974
60. Establishment of Staff Departments - Personnel, Intelligence and Logistics in 1975
61. National Service extended from 12 to 24 months in 1978
62. State Security Council (SSC) and Chief of Finance established in 1978
63. The Army Battle School established in 1978
64. The SAMS established as the Fourth Defence Force arm in 1979
65. The Laingsburg Flood and 20th Republic Day Celebrations in 1981
66. The Move to the Wonderboom Military Base in 1981
67. Establishment of 5 Signal Regiment in 1981
68. Establishment of the Signal Formation in 1982
69. Reorganisation of the Commands in 1983
70. Reorganisation of the Conventional Forces in 1983
71. Signing of the Nkomati Accord in 1984
72. Regional Conflict: The Contribution of the SACS during Border War Operations from 1966 to 1989
73. Peace Negotiations leading to the Independence for SWA/ Namibia and the end of the Border War 1988 to 1990
74. Other Cross-Border Operations in Neighbouring and Frontline States
75. The Role of the SACS during the height of the Internal "Struggle" and the Township Violence from 1984 to 1993

PART IX: REDEPLOYMENT AND DEMOBILISATION OF THE SACS FROM 1989 TO 1993
76. Op Agree: Withdrawal from SWA/ Namibia
77. Walvis Bay: Telecommunications and EW
78. Redeployment of Project Metal from SWA to the RSA
79. Major Political Changes
80. Reorganisation of Conventional Forces
81. Establishment of the National Peace Keeping Force Signal Unit

PART X: THE SACS DURING THE TRANSFORMATION PERIOD POST-1994
82. Political Transition
83. The end of the SA Defence Force (SADF) (1958 - 1994) and the establishment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994
84. Integration of MK, APLA and TBVC countries' Military Forces

PART XI: TRANSFORMATION AND RESTRUCTURING: CENTRALISATION AND DECENTRALISATION FROM 1996 TO 2008
85. Transformation and Reorganisation of the SANDF (1996 - 1999)
86. Migration of the SA Corps of Signals and the Signals Formation to the new CMI Division in 1999
87. Downgrading the CMI Division to the CMI Formation in 2000
88. The Establishment of the CMIS Division in 2003
89. Peacekeeping Signals
90. Phasing out of the Commando System from 2003
91. Establishment of the role of the Government Information Technology Officer (GITO) in 2005
92. Decentralisation and Migration of SA Corps of Signals and the Signals Formation back to the SA Army in 2008
93. Conclusion and Post Mortem

PART XII: CEREMONIAL and HERALDIC
94. Background
95. Uniforms and Dress
96. Corps and Unit Insignia, Badges and Emblems
97. Corps Colours
98. Unit and National Colours
99. Corps and Unit Mottoes
100. Corps and Unit Songs
101. First Day Covers
102. Mascots
103. Customs, Distinctions and Traditions


REVIEWS

This book, which I might add is an enormous task, is packed with achievements… The SACS needs this treatise on its history, the olds and bolds of the corps need the flash-back into "nice old times", the military students past present and future would find it beneficial to enlarge their knowledge and because of its integral relation to the Army as a whole, it would be a major reference work on the past and present South African Army. As time goes by some things are forgotten or become vague. This work will do much to prevent important facts of our past to slip into the haze of forgetfulness. I would urge everyone, especially the students of military history and members of present day telecommunication services in military organizations all over the world to study this work. It is not just a book of history, but is the story of success in the military world, second to none; how achievement was reached against all odds through dedication, loyalty and hard work.
Comments from General (ret) Georg Meiring, the last Chief of the SADF and first Chief of the SANDF~Select version||South African Corps of Signals #1 Softback|X ISBN 9780620453448 SB|South African Corps of Signals #1 Hardback|X ISBN 9780620453448 HB|~364~13000~~
South African Corps of Signals collection - Vol 2. Signal Units of the South Africa Corps of Signals and related services - Walter Volker~This volume includes a history of each of the major signal units of the SA Corps of Signals, but expands this to include the role of signals elements in special units such as 32 Battalion, the SA Special Forces (the ‘Recces’), Military Intelligence, etc. It also reviews the joint signals coordination function of the Directorate Telecommunications and EW, as well as the communications functions in other arms of the SADF such as the SA Air Force and Navy. Signals services in the Portuguese, Rhodesian and SWA Territory Forces are then examined. This is followed by the role of related organizations such as Armscor, the CSIR, the Radio “hams” and others. For the first time, the signals elements in the liberation movements (the ANC/MK and PAC/APLA) is examined next, and finally the development into the new Command and Management Information systems Division of the post-1994 SANDF.
Softcover, A4 (297 x 210mm), 820 pages. Illustrated throughout including 50 pages colour plates
NOTE - Not normally stocked - please allow up to 6-8 weeks before dispatch~This second volume represents one of the most comprehensive collection of regimental and unit histories ever published in one volume in South Africa. It is also the first time that the histories of many of the signal regiments and other units will be published and available to the general public, and will most probably – together with its two companion volumes - prove to be the book of reference on army signals in South Africa.

This work consists mainly of new material never before published or accessible to the general public, large parts which have come from verbal recollections, rather than documentation. It is the result of thorough and meticulous research, including over two hundred personal interviews, stretching over a period of many years. Interviewees range from generals to the lowest signalman, to ensure a level of authenticity and reality in all aspects of this history. The result of including numerous personal accounts sprinkled throughout the pages of the book is that the history literally comes alive and creates a sense of personal experience and interest, rather than just a record of dry facts. The author/compiler has also gone to pains in ensuring names and places are mentioned wherever possibly, not just dates and events – again this serves to give the account a greater level of human interest.

This volume includes a history of each of the major signal units of the SA Corps of Signals, but expands this to include the role of signals elements in special units such as 32 Battalion, the SA Special Forces (the ‘Recces’), Military Intelligence, etc. It also reviews the joint signals coordination function of the Directorate Telecommunications and EW, as well as the communications functions in other arms of the SADF such as the SA Air Force and Navy. Signals services in the Portuguese, Rhodesian and SWA Territory Forces are then examined. This is followed by the role of related organizations such as Armscor, the CSIR, the Radio “hams” and others. For the first time, the signals elements in the liberation movements (the ANC/MK and PAC/APLA) is examined next, and finally the development into the new Command and Management Information systems Division of the post-1994 SANDF.

What makes this a worthwhile addition to the library of any student of military history, is the fact that the signals/communications role is relevant to almost every part of the military machine; as a consequence it provides a good overview of operational aspects as well as behind-the-scenes developments in terms of Electronic Warfare – electronic collection, direction finding, jamming etc. The innovations and inventions that were necessary as a result of South Africa’s isolation during recent decades are also well covered. It has a total of 820 pages.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: UNITS OF THE SACS
1. Corps Directorate and the SA Army Signal Formation
2. The School of Signals
3. 1 Signal Regiment
4. The Army Gymnasium
5. 2 Signal Regiment
6. 3 Electronic Workshop
7. 4 Electronic Workshop to 4 Signal Regiment
8. 5 Signal Regiment
9. 6 Signal Regiment
10. 11 Field Postal Unit
11. 7 Signal Group
12. 71 Signal Unit
13. 72 Signal Unit
14. 73 Signal Unit
15. 8 Signal Group
16. 81 Signal Unit
17. 82 Signal Unit
18. 84 Signal Unit
19. 44 Parachute Brigade Signal Unit
20. SA Army Battle School Signal Unit
21. Western Province Command Signal Unit
22. Eastern Province Command Signal Unit
23. Natal Command Signal Unit
24. Orange Free State Command Signal Unit
25. North West Command Signal Unit
26. Northern Transvaal Command Signal Unit
27. Far North Command Signal Unit
28. Eastern Transvaal Command Signal Unit
29. Witwatersrand Command Signal Unit
30. Gauteng Command Signal Unit
31. South Cape Command Signal Unit
32. Northern Cape Command Signal Unit
33. Walvis Bay Military Area Signal Unit
34. Sector 10 Signal Unit
35. Sector 20 Signal Unit
36. Sector 70 Signal Unit
37. 61 Mechanised Battalion Group Signal Troop
38. 32 Battalion Signal Troop

PART II: RELATED SIGNALS SERVICES
39. The Directorate Telecommunications and Electronic Warfare (D Tels and EW)
40. The Chief of Army Staff Logistics and its Directorates
41. Signals Services in the SA Special Forces
42. Signals Services in the South African Air Force (SAAF)
43. Signals Services in the South African Navy (SAN)
44. Signals Services in the South African Medical Services (SAMS)
45. Signals Services in Military Intelligence Division (MID)
46. Signals Services in the South African Police (SAP)
47. Signals Services in the Independent Homelands
48. Links with the SWA / Namibian Corps of Signals
49. Links with the Portuguese Colonial Signals
50. Links with the Rhodesian Corps of Signals

PART III: SPECIAL ROLES AND CONTRIBUTIONS
51. The role of SATEPSA
52. ARMSCOR’s Contribution
53. The Role of the CSIR
54. The Role of Radio Amateurs
55. The SACS Contribution to the Development of the Military Electronics Industry in South Africa

PART IV: SIGNALS SERVICES IN THE LIBERATION MOVEMENTS UP TO 1994
56. SWAPO/ PLAN and its Allies
57. ANC and MK
58. PAC and APLA

PART V: NEW COMMAND STRUCTURES FROM 1999
59. The CMI and CMIS Division
60. The Government IT Officer (GITO)~Select version||South African Corps of Signals #2 Softback|X ISBN 9780620453455 SB|South African Corps of Signals #2 Hardback|X ISBN 9780620453455 HB|~364~13002~~
South African Corps of Signals collection - Vol 3. 9C - Nine Charlie! Army Signallers in the Field: The Story of the Men and Women of the South African Corps of Signals, and their Equipment - Walter Volker~It is estimated that over the decades of its existence over 100 000 signallers were part of the South African Corps of Signals, while many more were affected directly or indirectly by its activities. “9C” refers to the standard call-sign of the Signals Officer – who would play a key role during operations, but also in times of peace. This work also focuses on the equipment that was used by the signallers – the vehicles, the radios, the systems and networks. The equipment vendors that played such a crucial role in the success of this organisation, as well as made a contribution to the flourishing of the electronics industry in South Africa, despite comprehensive sanctions and trade embargoes, are also reviewed. Some of the major projects that the SA Corps of Signals was involved in, and which became part of the common language in the army – Ebbehout, Netor, Bowie, Marnet – are also covered in detail. This book also contains a section of the role of signals in the Southern Oceans and Antarctica.
Softcover, A4 (297 x 210mm), 770 pages. Illustrated throughout including 50 pages colour plates
NOTE - Not normally stocked - please allow up to 6-8 weeks before dispatch~The third of the trilogy is '9C - Nine Charlie! ARMY SIGNALLERS IN THE FIELD. The Story of the Men and Women of the South African Corps of Signals, and their Equipment', and as its title suggests is focused on the contribution of the people who dedicated their efforts, careers, and even sometimes lives, to ensuring one of the most effective army signals organisations on the globe.

It is estimated that over the decades of its existence over 100 000 signallers were part of the South African Corps of Signals, while many more were affected directly or indirectly by its activities. "9C" refers to the standard call-sign of the Signals Officer - who would play a key role during operations, but also in times of peace. This work also focuses on the equipment that was used by the signallers - the vehicles, the radios, the systems and networks. The equipment vendors that played such a crucial role in the success of this organisation, as well as made a contribution to the flourishing of the electronics industry in South Africa, despite comprehensive sanctions and trade embargoes, are also reviewed. Some of the major projects that the SA Corps of Signals was involved in, and which became part of the common language in the army - Ebbehout, Netor, Bowie, Marnet - are also covered in detail. This book also contains a section of the role of signals in the Southern Oceans and Antarctica.

As is the case with the preceding two volumes, this is also impressive work of epic proportions, and will most probably prove to be the book of reference on army signals in South Africa. This volume is a also primarily a compilation mainly of new material never before published or accessible to the general public, large parts which have come from verbal recollections, rather than documentation. It is the result of thorough and meticulous research, including over two hundred personal interviews, stretching over a period of many years. Interviewees range from a number of generals to the lowest troop, to ensure a level of authenticity and reality in all aspects of this history. The result of including numerous personal accounts sprinkled throughout the pages of the book is that the history literally comes alive and creates a sense of personal experience and interest, rather than just a record of dry facts. The author/compiler has also gone to pains in ensuring names and places are mentioned wherever possibly, not just dates and events - again this serves to give the account a greater level of human interest.

What makes this a worthwhile addition to the library of any student of military history, is the fact that the signals/communications role is relevant to almost every part of the military machine; as a consequence it provides a good overview of operational aspects as well as behind-the-scenes developments in terms of Electronic Warfare. The innovations and inventions that were necessary as a result of South Africa's isolation during recent decades are also well covered. It has a total of about 770 pages.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: DRAMATIS PERSONAE
1. Who's Who of over Six Hundred well known Signallers

PART II: SIGNALLERS DURING WORLD WAR I
2. Signals Officer in German SWA and German East Africa - Maj F.E. Jackson
PART III: SIGNALLERS DURING WORLD WAR II

3. From SSB volunteer to Signals Officer - Col "Kakie" de Klerk
4. From Radio Ham to Director Signals - Col Bert Howes
5. Earning the Military Medal in Italy - Smn Boatwright and Mawdley
PART IV: SIGNALLERS DURING THE BORDER WAR

6. The Father of Electronic Warfare - Maj Gen Gerrit Murphy
7. Photo Essay of some Early Border War Operations - Col Bobby Keller
8. Signals Officer during Operation Modular - Lt Col Marius Venter
9. Experiences of a Senior Signals NCO - WO1 Deon van Zyl
10. Experiences of a National Serviceman in Electronic Warfare - Stuart Robertson
11. Experiences of a Citizen Force Signals Officer - Capt Walter Volker

PART V: MILITARY BASES
12. Over Thirty Military Bases associated with the SACS

PART VI: MAJOR PROJECTS OF THE SACS
13. Summary of Projects
14. Project EBBEHOUT
15. Project NETOR
16. Project MARNET
17. Project BOWIE

PART VII: SIGNALS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT
18. Visual Signals Equipment
19. HF and VHF Radio and General Communications Equipment
20. Multiplex Equipment
21. Teleprinters and Data Entry Terminals
22. Crypto Equipment
23. Radar Equipment
24. Electronic Warfare Equipment
25. Night Vision Equipment
26. Other Signals-Related Equipment~Select version||South African Corps of Signals #3 Softback|X ISBN 9780620453462 SB|South African Corps of Signals #3 Hardback|X ISBN 9780620453462 HB|~364~13001~~
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.

Print edition: 13th Edition
Book condition
- binding is tight & strong, no marks or inscriptions, cover boards are clean & bright.
ISBN 0869780565F~~Don%27t Die in the Bundu|ISBN 0869780565F|~10999~12880~~
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. Includes many photos and pencil / charcoal drawings, approx 47 pages of photos.
Hard Cover, leatherbound 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.

NOTE (12/03/11): The book is in the advanced stage of being published and will be printed April / May 2011. If you have'nt put your names down, do so now, to enable us to ensure enough copies gets printed / allocated to us. Still awaiting prices.
Planned dispatch date: TBA - +/- April / May / June 2011
ITEM CODE: CHTE. (In 'Requests/Comments' box, indicate SC for softcover and/or HC-LE for the hardcover limited edition)~(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. Includes many photos and drawings, approx 47 pages of photos.
Hard cover, Leatherbound limited edition limited to 100 copies, is planned for after the publication of the softcover. If you wish to purchase this limited edition, please indicate in the 'Requests/Comments' box in the Register Interest form below.

NOTE (12/03/11): The book is in the advanced stage of being published and will be printed April / May 2011. If you have'nt put your names down, do so now, to enable us to ensure enough copies gets printed / allocated to us. Still awaiting prices.
Planned dispatch date: TBA - +/- April / May / June 2011
ITEM CODE: CHTE. (In 'Requests/Comments' box, indicate SC for softcover and/or HC-LE for the hardcover limited edition)~Select delivery country|9991|Choppertech - ROW|9992 Early Bird Disc|Choppertech - SA|9993 Early Bird Disc|~10999~13631~choppertech helicopter gunner fireforce~
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.

Planned print / dispatch date: +/- late April 2011
ITEM CODE: TSOG~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)


Planned print date: +/- 2nd quarter 2011
ITEM CODE: TSOG~~10999~13600~~
The Terror Fighters: A Profile of Guerrilla Warfare in Southern Africa - Al J Venter~The war in Angola at this time occupied 60,000 Portuguese troops to contain freedom fighters of one sixth of that number. A rather scarce record of 'bush war' - in Northern Angola, Cabinda, & Eastern Angola, by a war correspondent.
Purnell, Cape Town, 1969, 1969. Hardback w DJ. First Edition.

Book - Very good condition. Jacket - few scuffed marks.~~The Terror Fighters|ABE8104|~10999~13563~~
A Martyr Speaks: Journal of the Late John Alan Coey~John Coey was an American soldier who served in the Rhodesian SAS and Rhodesian Light Infantry during the Bush War in Rhodesia. He was one of a total of 5 Americans killed in action in the Bush War - KIA July 19, 1975 and buried with full military honors in Que Que. John Coey kept a detailed journal during the time he served in Rhodesia and is a poignant look into the life and times of a warrior fighting for a cause he believed in, in a land far from home. John fought in Rhodesia to defend his beliefs in Christian freedom - the Coey family are devout Christians and this is a point of focus in this book. Due to the impending marxist threat, the Coey Family had John's remains relocated to USA in 1979 before Mugabe took power. Complete with photographs taken by John, or his comrades in arms.
CPA Books, 1988. Softback.

Condition
- Book - As new - very good clean tight condition, but with some marks to covers due to storage. Autographed by members of the Coey family. An additional typed footnote page about the reburial has been taped onto inside back page. Spelling mistakes in book has been corrected / handwritten by Coey family.
Book Location - UK~~A Martyr Speaks|9674|~10999~13044~~
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.

Book condition - Very good clean tight condition, bottom of spine slightly bumped with very small tear. Cover boards slightly scratched from normal use. Autographed 'Best wishes, Barbara Cole'.

Item Code: ISBN 0620093765B~~The Elite Pictorial (Autographed)|ISBN 0620093765B|~10999~12284~~
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.

Book condition - Very good clean tight condition. Autographed 'Best wishes, Barbara Cole'. ~~The Elite Pictorial (Autographed)|ISBN 0620093765C|~10999~12285~~
Contact: A Tribute to those who Serve Rhodesia - 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.
Large format hard cover, 240 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.
1st published by Galaxie Press 1977. Sepia photos
Reprinted by Khenty Press 1978, 1982. B/W photos.

Galaxie Press 1977. Book condition:
Book
- Boards spotted, due to no cover being present. Has previous owner's inscription on front blank endpaper. Author's autograph & date on inner page.
Dust Jacket - no dustjacket. Photo of front board shown on the left~~Contact 1|ISBN 0869250531D|~10999~12863~~
Map of Greater Salisbury - Issued by The Salisbury & District Publicity Association~With Index to Buildings, Restaurants, Hotels, Streets and Places of Interest.
The booklet is un-dated, but was produced some time before the currency changed to Rhodesian dollars & cents. Its priced 2/6.
Published by The Salisbury & District Publicity Association. Softback, approx A4 sized, 44 pages.

Condition
- Book - pages are loose & stiff, some pages marked with use.
Book Location - UK~~Map of Greater Salisbury|9681|~10999~13054~~
Lessons in Ndebele - J & P Pelling~School book to learn the language.
Longmans, Rhodesia 1974. Softback 210 pages

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition. Cover slightly marked, discoloured, bottom spine - paper torn.
- Cover - no cover, softback
Book Location - UK~~Lessons in Ndebele|9786|~10999~13176~~
Ndebele Workbook - P Pelling~School book to learn the language. Companion to 'Lessons in Ndebele' above.
Self published / printed. 1975. Softback 198 pages.

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition. Folds in cover
- Cover - no cover, softback
Book Location - UK~~Ndebele Workbook|9787|~10999~13180~~
Ekhaya Lesikolo: Longman Ndebele Series~School exercise book - learn the language
Longman Rhodesia. 1967. Softback 64 pages

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition.
- Cover - no cover, softback
Book Location - UK~~Ekhaya Lesikolo|9788|~10999~13181~~
Rhodesia in Pictures: Visual Geography Series~School geography book. Ex - librarySterling 1974. hardback 64 pages.

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition. Library markings/stamps
- Cover - no cover
Book Location - UK~~Rhodesia in Pictures|9791|~10999~13185~~
The Management of Snakebite in Rhodesia - Round Table 25~Published by the Lowveld Round Table No25, 1967. Softback, 28 pages.

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition.
Book Location - UK~~The Management of Snakebite in Rhodesia|9692|~10999~13065~~
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. (Their brief was "the clandestine elimination of terrorists and terrorism both within and outside of Rhodesia" which was so successfully achieved that their disbandment was a condition of the settlement.)

The book 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-13 9780947020064, 1984. 194 pages large format, 498 predominately b/w photos.

Book condition:
Book - Clean tight copy. Board edges by bottom spine partially worn/rubbed.
Dust Jacket - 3 cm tear on front cover (bottom right hand edge), slight surface 'scratches' (like indentations).~~Selous Scouts Pictorial|ISBN-13 9780947020064D|~10999~12722~~
South African Air Force - Peter Dancey~Covering the history of the SAAF, from the Unie van Suid Afrika (Union of South Africa) Air Force and its involvement in WW2, the introduction of new equipment after WW2, the Bush War., to the 'new' SAAF. There are dedicated sections such as Helicopters, and the SA Police Wing (including SAPW list of Equipment). SAAF Battle Orders and Equipment as of specific historical milestones, and the SAAF Museum inventory.
110 pages, maps, squadron badges, approx 100 b/w photographs
ISBN 0-946-99566-4. Aug 2004. Paperback, A4 size.~~South African Air Force|ISBN 0946995664|~10999~4818~South African Air Force Peter Dancey, SAAF, SA Police Wing~
Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

Book condition
- Book - Softback 2001. Very good clean tight copy. One page torn ('chipped' triangular shaped 1/2 cm) at top due to printer's error.
ISBN 191987433X D~~Pamwe Chete (SB 2001)|ISBN 191987433X D|~10999~12520~~
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

Condition
- Book - Very good clean tight condition.
- Dust jacket protected with clear mylar plastic covering - very good condition.
Book Location - UK~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 A|~10999~12273~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry - DVD~The Rhodesian Light Infantry were one of the premier fighting units of the Rhodesian Army. One of the few regular battalions, it consisted entirely of Europeans. Originally a light infantry unit, it transitioned to a commando battalion and found its forte in the bush war of the 1970's. Created at the breakup of the Federation in 1962, the RLI, or The Saints as they were known, soon earned a reputation for ferocity and bravery. They were the ultimate bush warriors and perfected the art of Fire Force. Presented with the Queens Colors, which were unique within the Commonwealth in design, at the beginning of their tenure, they laid those Colors to rest in a final parade held in October 1980 and the Battalion was then disbanded. They were the only Colors in the Rhodesian Army not to have any battle honors attributed to them.
Film clips include:NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).~~Select DVD format||The Saints - DVD - PAL|9469 PAL|The Saints - DVD - NTSC|9469 NTSC|~10999~12777~~
The Deafening Silence - DVD / CD Set~The downing of the Air Viscount Hunyani shook the nation. Using an anti-aircraft rocket, ZIPRA forces shot down the aircraft shortly after it took off from Kariba. The pilot managed to land the aircraft, but several lives were lost. There were a number of survivors to the crash, most of whom were then shot by ZIPRA terrorists. There was no outrage from the world, no sympathy - just a Deafening Silence; a term that found it's place in Rhodesian History after the sermon of Dean John Da Costa at the memorial service held shortly afterwards. Rhodesia was quick to retaliate. Strikes deep into Zambia killed hundreds of ZIPRA terrorists in their camps, whilst the Rhodesian Air Force's Green Leader shut down Zambian airspace.

The DVD film clips includes (total 20 min):-
  • Deafening Silence - The Sermon of Dean John Da Costa
  • Survivor Interview
  • The Raids into Zambia
The CD includes:-
  • Green Leader - the audio recording of the conversation between the Rhodesian Pilot and the Zambia Control Tower during a raid on a ZIPRA base
  • Rhodesian Herald and Scope magazine - PDF files of articles about the events
NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||The Deafening Silence - DVD - PAL|9493 PAL|The Deafening Silence - DVD - NTSC|9493 NTSC|~10999~12789~~
Rhodesian Air Force - DVD~The Rhodesian Air Force was one of the great "pocket" air forces of its time and it's pilots were without measure when it came to the unique warfare they were engaged in. In addition to conducting the traditional air operations, they were second to none in precision, bravery and ingenuity when it came to bush warfare. Operating from bush strips throughout the country, and deep within neighboring countries, they were the epitome of professionalism. The much beloved "blue-jobs" of Rhodesia's war against terror in the 1960's and 1970's - this is their official story.
Film clips include:-Total running time: approx 75 minutes
NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.

Available in both PAL & NTSC DVD formats - PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc) & NTSC (USA, Canada, etc).~~Select DVD format||Rhodesian Air Force - DVD - PAL|9466 PAL|Rhodesian Air Force - DVD - NTSC|9467 NTSC|~10999~12776~~
Outpost: Stories of The British South Africa Police - Audio CD Set~The British South Africa Police of Rhodesia was one of the world's great Police Forces. Originally formed as the protection force for the Pioneer Column it has the rare distinction of having been formed before the country it policed was founded! Throughout it's illustrious and checkered history it saw it's fair share of characters, illustrious people, brave souls and achieved for itself a place unparalleled in Police history. It was the only Police Force that saw it's serving members win the Victoria Cross of Gallantry, two of them were actually awarded to members of the BSAP. A 3 disc selection of stories has been recorded on audio CD, featuring the voice of Peter Butler. The stories were taken from the archives of The Outpost, the official magazine of the BSAP comprising of articles written by members of the Force.
Disc 1:
  • Prelude
  • Matabeleland 1893
  • The Fangani Shiasco
  • The Rash
  • Disc 2:
  • Conducted Tour
  • Wonderwayi - Paternity suit
  • Zambezi Duck Shoot
  • Wonderwayi Goes East
  • Disc 3:
  • Affair at Mutassas (Part 1)
  • Wonderwayi and the Snake
  • How Old am I
  • Traffic Branch
  • Lobengulas Treasure

  • Each audio CD is approx 60 min. long. A bonus music Disc 4 is included in this set - 'Trumpet Calls of the BSAP.'
    ~~Outpost - Audio CD|9479|~10999~12782~~
    Viscount Down: The Complete Story of the Rhodesian Viscounts - 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.

    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). Early Bird Discount will decrease as Release Date approaches.~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. ~Select edition & format||Viscount Down STD - DVD PAL|9872 PAL - Spec Early Bird Disc|Viscount Down STD - DVD NSTC|9872 NSTC - Spec Early Bird Disc|Viscount Down LTD - DVD PAL|9886 PAL - Spec Early Bird Disc|Viscount Down LTD - DVD NSTC|9886 NSTC - Spec Early Bird Disc|~10999~13471~~
    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.

    Print edition: ?
    Book condition
    - binding is tight & strong, no marks or inscriptions, cover boards are clean & bright.
    (Bookseller Inventory # GV52)

    This copy is located in SA
    X ISBN 0869780565G~~Don%27t Die in the Bundu|X ISBN 0869780565G|~10999~13147~~
    African Combat: Rhodesian Security Forces Anti-Terrorist Operations Counter Insurgency Manuals~NOTE - Cover photo is our design - awaiting official photo from the publisher / supplier
    Reproduced/reformatted into book format - copies of many of the original 'Restricted' training manuals as used by the Rhodesian Security Forces, including those as used by the 'C' Sqn SAS and Selous Scouts Training Troops. Chapters taken from the manuals include:- 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. Plus SAS / Selous Training Wing's chapters on Basic Tracking & Follow up Operations. Additional to this is the 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.
    Softback, 455 pages, approx A4 size. (Heavy book 1.3kg).

    Includes 60 min DVD covering anti-terrorist operations in the Op Hurricane area.

    Limited print run - we have 'secured' very few copies, once gone, its gone!.
    Dispatching mid-Dec 2010.~

    ~Select DVD format||African Combat - DVD PAL format|9699 NRF disc|African Combat - DVD NTSC format|9700 NRF disc|~10999~13475~~
    Viscount Down: The Complete Story of the Rhodesian Viscounts told by a SAS Soldier - Keith Nell~Book (DVD listed separately below)
    Now classified as 'Historical Non-fiction'. Based on actual events.
    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. As there were several key people that Keith could not interview in order to produce a completely factual book, he has instead created a 'historical non-fiction' novel based on the actual events and circumstances that occurred, whilst preserving authenticity.
    (NOTE - 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
    A numbered Limited Edition is still being considered

    Planned print date: Moved out to early 2011.
    ITEM CODE - VIDO~"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
    A numbered Limited Edition is still being considered

    Planned print date: Moved out to early 2011.
    ITEM CODE - VIDO~Viscount Down - Book|ISBN 9780620493581|~10999~12668~~
    Zifundele Izindaba: Longman Ndebele Series Grade two~School reading book - learn the language. Grade Two.
    Longman Rhodesia 1968. Softback 64 pages

    Condition
    - Book - Very good clean tight condition.
    - Cover is a little marked and torn.
    Book Location - UK~~Zifundele Izindaba|9790|~10999~13184~~
    Viscount Down: The Complete Story of the Rhodesian Viscounts - DVD~DVD (Book listed separately above, DVD is NOT Fiction, its simply shown here to show that there are two separate items of the same title)
    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.
    DVD 60 min. Sold separately to the book.

    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). Early Bird Discount will decrease as Release Date approches.~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. ~Select format||Viscount Down - DVD PAL|9872 PAL - Early Bird Disc|Viscount Down - DVD NSTC|9872 NSTC - Early Bird Disc|~10999~13460~~
    Viscount Down: The Complete Story of the Rhodesian Viscounts told by a SAS Soldier - Keith Nell~Historical Non-fiction. Based on actual events.
    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 of them 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. As there were several key people that Keith could not interview in order to produce a completely factual book, he has instead created a 'historical non-fiction' novel based on the actual events and circumstances that occurred, whilst preserving authenticity.
    (NOTE - 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
    A numbered Limited Edition is still being considered
    Optional extra to be produced at a later date - DVD comprising interviews with a survivor, Viscount pilots who flew the route, Air Crash Investigator who was at the scene, and some dignitaries from Special Branch, Rhodesian Special Forces and the Rhodesian SAS.

    Planned print date: Moved out to late 2010.
    ITEM CODE - VIDO~"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
    A numbered Limited Edition is still being considered
    Optional extra to be produced at a later date - DVD comprising interviews with a survivor, Viscount pilots who flew the route, Air Crash Investigator who was at the scene, and some dignitaries from Special Branch, Rhodesian Special Forces and the Rhodesian SAS.

    Planned print date: Moved out to late 2010.
    ITEM CODE - VIDO~Viscount Down%3A Book|ISBN 9780620493581|~10999~13003~~
    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. Well illustrated with over 350 photos. 152 pages. 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 sanctions to use the only resources and materials available. A collector's item and a must for everyone who was on 'call-up'.
    A unique well researched book covering Rhodesia's attempts in producing home made armoured protected vehicles, firearms, anti-ambush weapons and mines during the Rhodesian Bush War.
    1994. ISBN 0-473-02413-6, paperback. Size - A4, 152 pages, numerous black/white photos, diagrams, maps, appendices.

    NOTE: Status: Out of Print for a few years and now very difficult to find. We have managed to locate a boxful of brand new copies that had been 'forgotten' in storage (if interested, put your names down now! - strictly first come first serve for the last few remaining copies).
    ITEM CODE - FVAW~~Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80|ISBN 0-473-02413-6|~10999~11356~~
    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. Awaiting new cover photo from publisher.
    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. 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 Reprint Nov 2010. Dispatching early/mid Jan 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.

    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.

    Two of the operators had earned their impeccable credentials in the elite ranks of the unsurpassed covert war school that is Britain's 22-SAS regiment. The other was a white Zambian farmer, born in that country when it was still Northern Rhodesia.

    Although their ranks were thinned first by death and then by capture, they succeeded brilliantly in creating a chasm between Rhodesia's main insurgent enemies rear based in Zambia, Robert Mugabe's ZANU and Joshua Nkomo's ZAPU. They led both parties by the nose on a bewildering dance of death and destruction, making each party believe their rivals were the culprits. By assassinating Herbert Chitepo, ZANU's chairman, they were responsible for President Kaunda of Zambia arresting all members of the ZANLA Military High Command as murder suspects and expelling ZANU from the country, halting their war effort for 18 months.

    The team supplied intelligence for the major Rhodesian raids against Joshua Nkomo's Soviet-supplied and supported ZIPRA bases in Zambia. They attacked Zambian economic targets to discourage them from supporting Rhodesian dissidents - derailing trains, rocketing a fuel depot and failing only by a stroke of ill fortune from putting the giant Mufulira Copper Mine permanently out of action.

    Taffy guided the SAS into Zambia on a daring although abortive raid to kill Nkomo, after ZIPRA had shot down an Air Rhodesia civil airliner with a Soviet-supplied surface-to-air missile, murdering most of the shocked and maimed survivors afterwards.

    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. The reason why remains a matter for conjecture to this very day.

    Included, also, are previously unpublished and sensational details of the training and operations carried out by 'Taffy' while serving with Britain's 22-SAS Regiment and the MI6 plan to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi of Libya, foiled when America's CIA found out and stopped it.~See You in November|ISBN 1919854053|~10999~13446~See You in November - The Story of an SAS Assassin - Peter Stiff , rhodesian special forces~
    Angolan Rendezvous: Man and Nature in the Shadow of War - T.Golan and T.Ron~In Angola everything is interwoven: life and death, war and peace. This book is in two voices: Tamar Golan, Israel’s first Ambassador to Angola, deals with the political/diplomatic aspects, while the stories on gorillas, the Black giant sable and Nature are by zoologist/ecologist, Tamar Ron. But in reality, the book has one voice, one of love for Angola, its long-suffering people, vast landscapes and wild animals, and their ongoing struggle for survival. ~~~10999~12768~~
    Angolan Rendezvous: Man and Nature in the Shadow of War - T.Golan and T.Ron |
    Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80 - P.Locke & P.Cooke~Photographic book showing the various 'home-made' solutions - ranging from armoured vehicles to handguns. (More copies of the Out-of-Print title has recently been found)~~~10999~12992~~
    Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia 1965-80 - P.Locke & P.Cooke |
    Parabat: A Guide to South African Airborne Units (Volume 1) - Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman~Together, the 2 volumes covers all the units.~~~10999~13379~~
    Parabat: A Guide to South African Airborne Units (Volume 1) - Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman |
    Parabat: A Guide to South African Airborne Units (Volume 2) - Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman~Together, the 2 volumes covers all the units.~~~10999~13380~~
    Parabat: A Guide to South African Airborne Units (Volume 2) - Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman |
    Parabats on the Border: The Combat War Diary of Bravo Company, 1 Para Bn, 1977 - Edited by Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman~This is a facsimile of the entire book first issued 30 years ago.~~~10999~13382~~
    Parabats on the Border: The Combat War Diary of Bravo Company, 1 Para Bn, 1977 - Edited by Paul Matthysen and Marc Norman |
    1 Parachute Battalion: 25 Year Annual~A facsimile 'reprint' of the actual annual given to Parabats in 1986.~~~10999~13381~~
    1 Parachute Battalion: 25 Year Annual |
    A Guide to South African Military Awards - Paul Matthysen~The Military Awards of South Africa. It covers the Boer War, World War 1 and 2, Korea, The Border War and the current SANDF.~~~10999~13383~~
    A Guide to South African Military Awards - Paul Matthysen |
    Bush of Ghosts: Life and War in Namibia - John Liebenberg and Patricia Hayes~A collection of remarkable photographs taken between 1986 to 1990 in the 'Border War' region.~~~10999~13378~~
    Bush of Ghosts: Life and War in Namibia - John Liebenberg and Patricia Hayes |
    Tale Gunner - AJ.Brooks~The lighter side of South African military life.~~~10999~12876~~
    Tale Gunner - AJ.Brooks |
    Manovi: The Battle for Land in Zimbabwe - Susan Marr~This book is a heart wrenching account of the joys, the tragedies and the blood, sweat and tears - that were invested by the Marr family in their farm, their workers and their community...it will make you laugh and cry..and ultimately will give you a greater understanding of the complexity of the plight of Zimbabwean farmers and farm-workers alike..~~~10999~12681~~
    Manovi: The Battle for Land in Zimbabwe - Susan Marr |
    This September Sun - Bryony Rheam~Top selling Fiction. This September Sun is a chronicle of the lives of two women, the romantic Evelyn and her granddaughter Ellie. Growing up in post-Independence Zimbabwe, Ellie yearns for a life beyond the confines of small town Bulawayo, a wish that eventually comes true when she moves to the United Kingdom. However, life there is not all she dreamed it to be, but it is the murder of her grandmother that eventually brings her back home and forces her to face some hard home truths through the unravelling of long-concealed family secrets.~~~10999~12958~~
    This September Sun - Bryony Rheam |
    Serving Secretly - An Intelligence Chief on Record: Rhodesia into Zimbabwe, 1964-81~The Central Intelligence Organiztion (CIO) was formed in Rhodesia on the instructions of the then Prime Minister Winston Field in 1963 at the dissolution of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Ken Flower, a Deputy Commissioner of the BSAP at the time, was appointed the first head of the CIO and he went on to serve in that position for several years under Prime Ministers Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe. He writes of his life and history as Rhodesia's intelligence chief in the counter-insurgency bush war. He certainly does not 'tell all' in his book however, but he appears quite candid about the activities of CIO in both its successes and failures. Flower saw himself as non-political, though with a bias against the 'cowboy element' (his words) in the Rhodesian Front. He is credited with the creation of RENAMO, a militant anti-Communist organization in Mozambique as well as ordering the assassination of Herbert Chitepo, the then-leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union.
    John Murray Publishers, 1987. ISBN 0719544386. Hardback 352 pages.

    Book condition
    - Book - Good tight copy. A few minor marks & small stains
    - Dust jacket. NO JACKET/COVER. ~Readers Review (Amazon)



    When I joined the B.S.A.P. as a raw recruit, Ken Flower was then Captain Flower so I never got to know him on a personal level. Although my stay in the Force was relatively short, I maintained contact with my colleagues, many of whom became high ranking officers, and when the problems really kicked off I was pulled back into the fray as a police reservist and became again for all intents and purposes a full time policeman. I mention this only to give background to the opinions I express.Reading the book it comes as a surpise to someone who lived through those days that Flower is ever ready to criticise end denigrate those who Rhodesians regarded as their heroes - Smithy, The Selous Scouts et al. He seems prepared always to amplify the view taken by certain elements of the British and international press rather tha those expressed by his colleagues in the security services. Typical of this is his version of the brilliantly executed raid carried out by the Selous Scouts at Nyadzonya when he echoes the view that the camp may have been mainly populated by refugees or at best a low level training camp. This, despite the fact that ZANLA documents captured in a subsequent raid showed that ZANLA's analysis of the raid was virtually identical to the account given by the Scouts. In his position Flower had to be aware of this similarity.
    I found his lauding of Mugabe in the closing chapters of the book quite sickening given that he was better placed than most to know the detail and extent of the atrocities sanctioned by Mugabe.There ia another aspect. I know that senior members of the Rhodesian Special Branch believed that Flower had acted as an agent for British Intelligence and I believe that this book lends credence to that belief.
    BunduBill 23/11/08





    Ken Flower had some English (Cornish) southern African roots, because his father was, he says "a parson", who did hold livings in Salisbury (now "Harare") and elsewhere sometime after WW1. Flower himself was brought up in Cornwall in the 1920's (he says little of this period of his life) became a Customs officer (the Board said he was the first Cornishman to apply for 500 years!) for three years, was turned down for a post as a trapper in Canada, but succeeded in applying for a cadet training position with the BSAP (British South Africa Police), which was in fact the name of the Rhodesian police service until 1980. The harsh training did not break him and he became a mounted officer, serving both in Rhodesia and then, from 1940, for a year or two, in the Ogaden (Ethiopia/Somalia) and Somaliland (now Somalia). As Magistrate, he sentenced (to death, presumably, though he does not say) a number of the Somali youths who brutally massacred 40 Italian civilians when they realized Italian rule was over. He then returned to Rhodesia, eventually becoming Deputy Commissioner of the BSAP. In 1964 he was appointed head of the Rhodesian Secret Service, the CIO (Central Intelligence Organization), which at the time did not exist! He had to build it despite having no idea about modern Intelligence techniques and methods (or recuitment, for that matter).

    Such is the effect of a high "Intelligence" appointment on someone that, by the time of UDI (independence) in 1966, he was laughing at Intelligence "amateurs" and calling his SIS and CIA contacts his "colleagues"...In a way, it was an odd appointment for Ian Smith's Rhodesia Front government to continue: Flower does not conceal that he was no supporter of the RF though he says he tries to be "politically neutral". One wonders, though, whether that is possible in a situation where a country of a couple of hundred thousand white European people is fighting for survival against internal and external threats funded by the Soviet Union and Cuba and where the ratio of Europeans to black Africans was 1:20 (later, greater).

    One looks in vain in this book for interesting tales of well-placed agents, or intelligence stunts and coups. Of them have we none...instead, we have a lot of bureaucratic-political discussion at the top level of Rhodesian affairs and a lot of criticism of those who were actually fighting and having, on occasion, huge successes against the tide of African insurgency across the borders. Colonel Ron Reid Daly of the Selous Scouts comes in for some venom, as do the Scouts themselves. Yet they were a vital part of trying to stop the insurgency. Flower thought that political moves were the way forward and was key to the arrangements made for semi-enfranchisement of the Africans. He arranged for people like Bishop Muzorewa and the "Reverend" Ndabaningi Sithole (whose name was a gift to the satirists, of course!) to receive large disbursements in cash (Sithole went with Flower to Marrakesh so that Sithole could meet the King of Morocco and receive a million dollars US; it seems that the CIA was behind this). Yet in the end, the point was that the military struggle would decide the end, though the British managed to broker the deal in 1979 whereby "elections" of sorts were held and (thanks to his thousands of commissars in the rural areas) Mugabe won. We all now know the results.

    I have to say that Flower does not strike me as a very good Intelligence chief: apart from learning from scratch, he seems a bit naive to say the least: British Intelligence is an "honest broker" he says...What?! And he also (sort of) trusts the CIA. He evidently thinks that the Africans would eventually take over (and thinks this right--- why? just because they are more numerous?).

    It has to be said that right through the bush war, there were indications that there were leaks from the top of the combined operations staff, enabling major targets to escape, notably Joshua Nkomo. Flower denies that he was a "traitor", but what does that mean? Was Canaris a "traitor"? A grey area, a moot point. It does seem to me that the Intelligence people in Rhodesia could have done more, though they obviously did more than Flowers details here (which is a pity). For example, there is no mention of the famous suborning of a Downing Street girl clerk in one of Harold Wilson's periods of UK government. Why no stories of this kind? The book would have been a lot more interesting. And I do wonder at his criticism of the successful raids into Zambia and Mozambique, carried out from 1977-1979 by the Selous Scouts, Rhodesian SAS and Rhodesian Light Infantry. Those people (including the many female soldiers/terrorists of ZIPRA and ZANLA) were legitimate targets. He seems to think not and is uninterested by the fact that dozens of prisoners of the terrorists were rescued from a lingering African-style death).

    Flower cuts a poor figure in the photos here, looking like a bit like the Israeli prime minister Shamir. He says that he forgot his jackets when flying to Teheran to see the Shah, but that the Shah was "understanding". Nice to see that the rather petit bourgeois reputation of the Rhodesians was kept up lol!

    The book ends with the author's hopes that Mugabe and Zimbabwe (and, in its turn, South Africa) would go forward to some kind of bright future under African rule. How can someone who lived in Africa for half a century be that naive? No answer...
    Ian R Millard - 25/07/08

    ~Serving Secretly|ISBN 0719544386 C|~10999~13359~~
    Barrel of a Gun: Misspent Moments in Combat - Al.J.Venter~Al J Venter's own exploits, spread over 40 years, covering wars around the world~~~10999~12752~~
    Barrel of a Gun: Misspent Moments in Combat - Al.J.Venter |
    Op Uric / Bootlace: The Loss of Puma 164~Neill Jackson (tasked by Rick van Malsen) is writing up the story of the SAAF Puma helicopter that was downed in Mapai, Mozambique during Operation Uric / Op Bootlace in Sept 1979. In order to ensure that the full story gets told, Neill is requesting for any information from those involved (pilots, aircrews, soldiers, back-up/supply teams, friends & family) so that contributions can be included in the book.~~~10999~12651~~
    The Bengu Years - Dave Wellings~The Bengu Years is a book of journeys: a physical journey across Africa, a journey of personal development and the roller-coaster journey of a young nation. After travelling from London to Rhodesia on a motorbike, the author offered to train a local boxer. From this casual encounter, his involvement gradually led to training novices to international level and success and thus started the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe's Golden Age of boxing.~~~10999~13139~~
    The Bengu Years - Dave Wellings |
    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.

    Three ordering options:-
    * Normal Copy - dispatch when stock in hand
    * Autographed Copy - dispatching from September 17th onwards. NB Limited quantity available remaining, so order now
    * Book Signing Copy - Attend / collect at 30 Degrees South UK organised 'London Launch Event & Book Signing'. We will supply your copy there. (No P&P for this book will be added to the order)~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|Pathfinder Company - Book signing|ISBN 9781920143480 - Signing|~10999~13203~~
    Special collection discount: Wildside cartoon books set~Wildside is an extraordinary collection of the humorous wildlife art that has had people from around the world doubled over in laughter. Rose's extraordinary knowledge of the bush is coupled with a gentle perception of real human behaviour. She puts the two together to create situations which are amusing to readers of all nationalities and all ages. Ideal as gifts.

    Order a combination of any Wildside books, and get a 5% discount on those books. Plus a further 5% discount if you order more than one copy of a title!
    NB - for each title you require, select title below and set respective quantity, then click 'Add to Basket'~~Select items||Wildside 1 (Disc. price)|ISBN 0797425217set|Wildside 3 Best of RR (Disc. price)|ISBN 9780473118587set|Wildside 4 Golf (Disc. price)|ISBN 9780473123161set|Wildside 5 Escape (Disc. Price)|9378|~10999~13209~Wildside, Rose Ridgen~
    Pathfinder Company: 44 Parachute Brigade 'The Philistines' - Graham Gillmore~The South African 44 Parachute Brigade, an independent Pathfinder unit specially created to conduct covert unconventional warfare in SA's Border War, was a unit of 'Foreign Legionnaires' comprising of battle hardened veterans from the UK, USA, Australasia, Rhodesia and elsewhere, who had just previously served in the 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 this short-lived unit, 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.

    NOTE for those in the UK during Sept 2010. 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 British Army CO 3 PARA). Dress code: Lounge suits. A bonus at this event is that a few of the Pathfinders meantioned in the book, plus a few serving members of the British Pathfinders will be there! Order your discounted copy now and we will bring your copy to the event.~~~10999~13146~~
    Pathfinder Company: 44 Parachute Brigade 'The Philistines' - Graham Gillmore |
    Recce: A Collector’s Guide to the History of the South African Special Forces - P. Matthysen, M. Kalkwarf & M. Huxtable~"The quintessential professional - prepared to die for his country, but not trained to … this is the elite 'Recce' soldier"
    This book has been some 15 years in the making and can claim, with some justification, to be the definitive publication on the 'Recces', unlikely to be topped for many, many years. The South African Special Forces have invariably been portrayed as a sinister force, used in covert operations locally and abroad but this is pure political expediency and media propaganda. The unit's operators are shy, humble soldiers, whose primary role is intelligence gathering, although they will take offensive action, ruthlessly, if necessary. Highly trained professionals in class of their own, these elite troops have garnered for themselves an international reputation par excellence. Book includes a comprehensive history and training methods and a plethora of memorabilia, actual-size badges, insignia, collectibles etc.
    Softback, 384 pages. Over 1500 colour images, maps. RRP £50.00
    Estimated Dispatch Date: Nov 2010
    ITEM CODE - RECC~"The quintessential professional - prepared to die for his country, but not trained to … this is the elite 'Recce' soldier"
    This book has been some 15 years in the making and can claim, with some justification, to be the definitive publication on the 'Recces', unlikely to be topped for many, many years. The South African Special Forces have invariably been portrayed as a sinister force, used in covert operations locally and abroad but this is pure political expediency and media propaganda. The unit's operators are shy, humble soldiers, whose primary role is intelligence gathering, although they will take offensive action, ruthlessly, if necessary. Highly trained professionals in class of their own, these elite troops have garnered for themselves an international reputation par excellence. Book includes a comprehensive history and training methods and a plethora of memorabilia, actual-size badges, insignia, collectibles etc.

    The 'Producers'

    Paul Matthysen - Author. An ex-army platoon sergeant in the infantry corps, Paul also trained with the Hunter Group. Being interested in things military from a young age, he became a specialist in the field of insignia and uniforms, especially South African militaria. His speciality is World War II German insignia, for which he has won numerous awards at various exhibitions. Paul lives in Johannesburg and helps out in his daughter's bookshop.

    Matthew Kalkwarf - Co-author, Photography & Research Assistant. A qualified instructor NCO at the Army Gymnasium, Matthew later served with 2 South West African Specialist Unit. He retained his interest in the military after completing his service. His extensive sales experience has equipped him well to assist in this project, where excellent inter-personal skills are vital for research and interviews. His technical intelligence has proved invaluable during this process. Matthew lives in Johannesburg and manages his own company.

    Michael Huxtable - Layout Artist. With a keen interest in the military, Mike served two years' national service in the South African Defence Force Intelligence School during 1988/89. In 2003, he joined the SANDF Reserve Force, serving as Intelligence Officer with the Light Horse Regiment. His dream to publish books on South African military insignia came to fruition after meeting Paul Matthysen. He lives in Johannesburg.


    Softback, 384 pages. Over 1000 colour images, maps.
    Planned Release Date: Nov 2010
    ITEM CODE - RECC~Recce|X ISBN 9781920143411|~10999~13132~~
    Recce: A Collector’s Guide to the History of the South African Special Forces - P.Matthysen, M.Kalkwarf & M.Huxtable~15 years in the making - a definitive publication on the story of the ‘Recces’~~~10999~12765~~
    Recce: A Collector’s Guide to the History of the South African Special Forces - P.Matthysen, M.Kalkwarf & M.Huxtable |
    Law, Land Reform and Social Justice: A case for Zimbabwe - Tom Tirivangani~The Land question in Zimbabwe has generated a lot of heated controversy all over the world. It has assumed an international dimension. The Land reform that the government of Zimbabwe is pursuing has become also a site of conflict and contention between Western liberal notions of democracy and human rights and those of Zimbabwe’s hard core Liberation fighters, who see the government’s Fast Track Land Reform program as an integral and indispensable process to complete the Zimbabwean liberation project, which started with the struggle for independence. This book makes a fresh look at the land question in Zimbabwe and explores the interface between land reform and human rights. It also explores critically the weaknesses and strengthens of the government of Zimbabwe’s land reform program and makes recommendations of the direction that land reform ought to take in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa. In the last chapter the book attempts to make an objective evaluation of the land reform program in Zimbabwe. The book is very useful to anyone interested in understanding how the Land question in Zimbabwe started and how it has developed over the years. It is also useful to lecturers and students involved in studying the subject of Land reform. It is perhaps the first book that attempts to make a serious analysis of landlessness as a human rights issue.
    ISBN-13 9781418441357, Paperback.~Authorhouse, 2007
    ISBN-13 9781418441357, paperback


    About the Author

    Tom Tirivangani is the Acting Principal and Founder of the International Business College, an ethnic minority college in the United Kingdom. He was born in Zimbabwe and practiced as an attorney of the High court and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe and was the senior partner of a firm of lawyers called Tirivangani & Associates before coming to study at Warwick University in the United Kingdom. He served on a number of committees and boards while he was in Zimbabwe. Tom has also presented programs on human rights on Radio and TV. Tom is a keen human rights and social justice activist. He has run programs on democracy and voting in rural areas in Zimbabwe. Currently he works mainly with refugees in the United Kingdom. His interest in Land reform span many years and has made numerous presentations on this subject over the years and has also offered legal advice to many organizations dealing with land reform in Africa. His other interests are on issues of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has recently completed a course with the United Nations.


    Extracts

    Chapter One
    Land Reform and its meaning in pre-colonial Zimbabwean Society.

    Land has been defined in ordinary grammatical meaning generally as,
    "1 any part of the earth's surface not covered by a body of water, the part of the earth's surface occupied by continents and islands,
    2 an area of ground with reference to its nature or composition: arable land".

    Legally it has been defined as
    "any part of the earth's surface that can be owned as property and everything annexed ton it by nature or by human hand, any legal interest held in land".
    Economically it has been defined also as
    " Natural resources as a factor of production or as part of the earth marked off by natural or political boundaries or the like, a region or country" .

    Having carefully analysed the different definitions being put forward it is important to mention that the meaning of land and extent of its significance vary from society to society. In most societies land is regarded merely as an economic factor or as a means of production.

    Land in pre-colonial Zimbabwean society played a significant role in the religious, economic and political life of the black people and as a result shaped the outlook of most tribal societies in the country. Land ownership was always communal and not private. In shona tribal society land was regarded as a gift from God popularly known as Chipo Chamusikavanhu or Nyadenga . The land was therefore entrusted to the ancestors by God and held in trust by the community for the benefit of everyone in that community. The chief and council of elders had the responsibility of allocating land on behalf of the ancestors to those who were in need of land. It is important to point out that (Ranger 1975) land could never be sold or be owned privately . Because of traditional religious value of land it was therefore widely believed in pre-colonial Zimbabwean society that it could not be expropriated for exclusive private use and for purpose of profit at the expense of the whole community . Thus the appropriation of land for private use as the Europeans led by Cecil John Rhodes did was considered a desecration and an affront to the culture and customary laws that governed access, control and ownership of land in Zimbabwe. Because of the sanctity of land even at time of colonial invasion the Shona people never suspected that the white people would take over their land. They believed that if the white colonialists attempted to take over their land by force, the spirit mediums and the dead ancestors would punish them severely. Martin & Johnson (1981) argue that, "this was due to the Mashona concept of something very sacred… chinoyera- belonging to the whole tribe but held in trust by the chiefs and elders whose duty it was to allot it to those who needed it. Land given to an individual did not become his property in the European sense of the word. It only meant that he could use it and that his family and descendants could have a first claim over its use…. Land was sacred because it contained the graves of ancestors. These ancestors were very part of the day today thinking of the people. People's actions and behaviour were in one way or another affected by their belief in the proximity and power of their ancestors in the same way that Christianity and Islam have inspired some men's thoughts and deeds… Land in which the ancestors were buried was not only sacred but it was also the link between the past, the present and future members of the tribe. The Mashona had nothing to fear from the whites, not knowing that the members of the invaders had been promised 1,500 000 acres of land and that they had the firepower to support their expropriation. Once the Mashona realised what was happening an uprising was inevitable and in this the spirit mediums, the link between the dead and the living were to play a vital role ". It needs no overemphasis that the African conception of land was radically different from that of the west or America.~Law, Land Reform and Social Justice|ISBN-13 9781418441357|~10999~11549~~
    My Life With An Unsung Hero - Vesta Sithole~The purpose of the book is to show how Zimbabwe’s armed struggle was started and who participated in the beginning. The author seeks to clarify some misrepresentations of events as they have been described. The book also tries to show the foresighted thinking of Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, the founder of ZANU.
    ISBN-13 9781425901769, Paperback. ISBN-13 9781425901776, Hardcover.~Authorhouse, 2007
    ISBN-13 9781425901769, Paperback
    ISBN-13 9781425901776, Hardcover


    About the Author

    The author was born Vesta Zvemwaida Saungweme in 1942, in the Eastern Highlands area of Melsetter (Chimanimani), in then Southern Rhodesia. At the young age of 19, the author left her beloved home for Tanganyika, ending her nursing career midway to contribute to the liberation struggle. She crossed the Zambezi River with the political party ZAPU, which planned to form a government in exile. The author witnessed first hand the breakup of ZAPU, the formation of ZANU which she joined, and other subsequent parties. The author participated in Zimbabwe's journey to freedom by helping to recruit people for military training; sheltering some of the freedom fighters and fundraising for the party. She also helped by working in the ZANU office. As a result of her active participation in Zimbabwe's road to freedom, the author was harassed, jailed and subjected to mistreatment by both the Rhodesian security forces and her fellow citizens.

    In 1967, the author married Tanzanian banker and economist Jackson Mwakalyelye, with whom she has four children. She was widowed in 1972. In 1980 the author married the liberation fighter and founder of ZANU, the late Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.

    To this day, the author is committed to speaking out against the injustices of her fellow citizens by the government of Robert Mugabe. Having sacrificed her life for the struggle to free Zimbabwe, the author strongly believes Zimbabweans deserve the freedom they fought for.

    By writing this book, the author hopes to present a first-hand account of events that led to Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence. It is the author’s intentions to simply clarify some misrepresentation of events as they have been described. The author also seeks to inform people about the thousands of people who participated in the country’s journey to independence, but never received any recognition from those in power. Most importantly, the author wants to show the foresighted thinking of Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.~My Life With An Unsung Hero (PB)|ISBN-13 9781425901769|My Life With An Unsung Hero (HB)|ISBN-13 9781425901776|~10999~11548~~
    Zimbabwe: The Rise To Nationhood - Jacob Chikuhwa~Before emerging ex statu pupillari as Zimbabwe, the former Southern Rhodesia underwent many changes. These included a dramatic declaration of independence in the Sixties by the minority government; a fierce ‘Chlimurenga’ or war of liberation; a flirtation with socialism; and a final emergence as the republic we know today. From prc-history to the present day Zimbabwe - The Rise To Nationhood presents a clear and comprehensive study of a nation in transition.As an economist, the author is able to highlight the uses – and abuses – of his country's human and natural resources, both before and after independence. With the help of his own illustrations, maps and a full glossary and index, Jacob Chikuhwa paints a picture of a country more at ease with itself and its neighbours than before, but still suffering the effects of cyclical trade and weather conditions.This book will be of enormous value to students of economics, history and culture, and to anyone interested in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.
    ISBN-13 9781425948658, 2007. Paperback~Authorhouse, 2007
    ISBN-13 9781425948658
    Paperback


    Review
    By Amina Hug - Her Excellency, The Ambassador To Scandinavia,Embassy Of The Republic Of Zimbabwe, Stockholm.

    Scientific management of both human and natural resources has become a must for survival in our dynamic, ever-changing, free enterprise economy. Underlying sound scientific management are facts and figures on every facet of our economic, business, social, political and governmental life. The collection and use of these facts require an understanding of economic and statistical principles and methods.

    I am delighted to read that the author has written from the point of view of an economist for the use of those concerned with development, whether at a purely national level or in connection with any of the aid programmes of the international agencies. He sets out to explore briefly some of the historical facts which have been covered in the past but considered valid and useful in the context of development activities. Particular emphasis is placed on politico-economic systems which are currently subject to heavy development pressure. By way of economic and statistical analysis, he highlights various problems associated with Zimbabwe's natural resources, livestock and agricultural projects, industrial development and human resources; and the rather specialised cases of culture and religion, music and fine arts also receive attention.

    Governments, research institutions, aid agencies and other organisations collect an increasing volume of numerical information to understand and to govern the increasingly complex system that makes up a national economy. Our knowledge of the mechanics of the information flows and the decision system of government departments and large business firms is very scant, and our ability to assess the character and quality of information we collect is quite haphazard. I believe the author has made a commendable socio-economic analysis. To analyse such facts means bringing together the data which we have learnt and discovering the reasons why things so often turn out differently from what was intended.

    He has not attempted to make a comprehensive treatment of the socio-economic systems covered; to do so would have required several more volumes, even if in some cases relevant studies have already been published. Similarly, no complete case histories are included, but several are summarized and reference is made in the bibliography to sources of relevant case material.

    This practical and interesting book should be able to aid persons in all activities requiring the use and understanding of the political economy of Zimbabwe. Hopefully, through this and future studies, a truly interdisciplinary approach to national development can be achieved that will permit Zimbabweans to reach the high quality of life to which all people aspire.


    About the Author

    Jacob Wilson Chikuhwa was born on September 24, 1940 just one year after the outbreak of the Second World War. He was born in a village called Samaringa in the Honde Valley, in Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. He was brought up in a Christian environment, his father (c. 1879-March 3, 1972) having been an Anglican mission-school teacher for almost twenty-four years. Although his mother (c. 1901-Aug. 5, 1991), like his father, was from a typical traditional family, she was a devout believer in Christianity. Being one of twin brothers, Jacob almost became a victim of Shona religious belief. In those days, it was considered taboo to give birth to twins. According to tradition, the younger twin was to be got rid of without delay.

    Because of his parent's Christian belief, Jacob survived to go on to study at Hartzell Secondary School, Old Mutare. After obtaining the Cambridge School Certificate, he briefly worked as a school teacher in 1963 at Chigudu Primary School in Headlands near Rusape. In 1964, he was employed as a postmaster trainee in Harare, but in September of the same year, he was detained at Wha Wha Detention Camp near Gweru until he was released in March 1965.

    He briefly worked as a bookkeeper in Bulawayo while playing soccer for Eastlands FC before going into exile in Zambia in 1966. In 1967, he went to the former Soviet Union where he studied economics at the Kiev Institute of National Economy in Ukraine. Having specialised in Finance and Banking, he was awarded an M.Sc.(Econ.) degree in 1972.

    At the end of that year, he went to Stockholm, Sweden where he did post-graduate studies in Economic Integration and International Relations. Between 1974 and 1976, he was ZANU's Chief Publicity Officer responsible for the Nordic countries, Austria and West Germany. After the assassination of Herbert Chitepo and the subsequent arrest of most of the members of Dare reCimurenga in Zambia, the ZANU office in Stockholm could not sustain itself. Therefore, in September 1976, Jacob got a job in the economic department of the Post Office Industries where he was employed until January 1981 before he returned to Zimbabwe.

    In May 1981, he was employed by the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (PTC) as manager of the newly created Economics and Statistics Branch. In July 1986, he joined the Zimbabwe Football Association as Director of Administration: Finance and Personnel. After a brief but turbulent period at ZIFA House, Jacob Chikuhwa left at the end of the 1987 soccer season and joined the Harare Polytechnic as a lecturer in both the Bachelor of Technology Programme and the National Diploma course.

    In October 1989 he left for Sweden where he eventually joined the Economic Department of the Post Office Administrative Service. Married with two children, Chikuhwa is currently an economic analyst with the Post Office Internal Audit.~Zimbabwe|ISBN-13 9781425948658|~10999~11547~~
    Zimbabwe At The Crossroads - Jacob Wilson Chikuhwa~The theme of Zimbabwe at the Crossroads is on issues of governance and economic management. The story being told is how a prosperous country at independence in 1980 has virtually turned from a bread basket to a begging bowl. After the success with A Crisis of Governance: Zimbabwe, Dr Jacob Chikuhwa continues the tragic analysis of the Zimbabwean economy. An analysis set against a backdrop of growing poverty in a country with abundant human and natural resources, this book weaves together a cast of socio-economic factors that form the causes of the economic quagmire. This academic exposé brings to the fore the desperate hope for democracy and economic recovery in Zimbabwe. International donor agencies and institutions specialising in African development studies will be delighted with Jacob Chikuhwa’s latest instalment whose driving force is the statistical analysis of events in the southern African country.

    ISBN-13 9781425919573, Paperback. ISBN-13 9781425919580, Hardback~Authorhouse, 2007
    ISBN-13 9781425919573, Paperback.
    ISBN-13 9781425919580, Hardback




    About the Author

    After having been detained by the white minority Rhodesian Front regime between 1964 and 1965, Jacob Chikuhwa escaped into Zambia in 1966 from where he secured an Afro-Asian scholarship to study in the former Soviet Union. In 1972 upon completion of his studies, Chikuhwa moved to Sweden.

    Dr Jacob Chikuhwa holds degrees in economics and international relations from the Kiev Institute of National Economy in the Ukraine and the University of Stockholm in Sweden. A Zimbabwean national, Chikuhwa has lectured on economics, finance, and administration both in Zimbabwe and Sweden. In April 2005, he lectured at The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University, in New York.

    After having worked as an economist and administrator in the public and private sectors for over 30 years, Chikuhwa has turned to writing full-time. He is currently working on a book titled Zimbabwe: Beyond a School Certificate and Venturing into the Unknown (Kumaziwandadzoka), a film on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. Besides A Crisis of Governance: Zimbabwe, Chikuhwa has written Zimbabwe: The Rise to Nationhood and A Cheer for Sanity. Chikuhwa has three further titles pending publication: A Thought for the Day, The Pendulum and A Collection of Shona Proverbs and Parables.~Zimbabwe At The Crossroads|ISBN-13 9781425919573|Zimbabwe At The Crossroads|ISBN-13 9781425919580|~10999~11551~~
    Operation Zambezi: The Raid into Zambia - Peter Armstrong~Fiction, partly based on facts.

    Following the shooting down on September 3, 1978 of Air Rhodesia Viscount 'Hunyani' shortly after take off from Kariba by ZIPRA terrorists, and the subsequent killing of most of the survivors, the Rhodesian government felt compelled to act, in part to raise morale among whites in Rhodesia, but also to widen international awareness of the war. Later that year Rhodesian Security Forces conducted deep penetrations raids into Zambia, attacking several ZPIRA bases and killing a vast number of the enemy, of which one was the famed 'Green Leader' raid.
    This novel is based on those strikes.
    Welston Press 1979, Soft cover, 256 pages

    Condition
    - Book - Very good clean condition.
    Book Location - UK~~Operation Zambezi|9661|~10999~13039~~
    First In, Last Out: The South African Artillery in Action 1975–1988 - C.Wilsworth~The story of SA's Artillery - from the 25 pounder to the devastating G5 and G6 guns - to the Valkirie 127mm multiple-rocket launcher and M5 mortar~~~10999~12770~~
    First In, Last Out: The South African Artillery in Action 1975–1988 - C.Wilsworth |
    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.

    Book condition - Very good clean tight condition. Pen scribble marks on first photographic page. Autographed 'Best wishes, Barbara Cole'. ~~The Elite Pictorial (Autographed)|ISBN 0620093765E|~10999~12472~~
    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.
    Out of Print, few good condition copies available.~From the book's jacket
    It was the French who began to use the helicopter as a 'gunship' in the mid-1950s in Algeria. Until then helicopters had been employed mainly for the evacuation of casualties, search and rescue, observation and troop transport.

    They first deployed armed helicopters during a battle with Muslim rebel forces in the Atala Mountains. During that action a French commander strapped a man with an automatic rifle in each litter and sent the helicopter up against the rebels, apparently with good success.

    Since then helicopters have become the mainstay of most governments engaged in counter-insurgency or semi-conventional conflicts, notably in Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America and Asia. After Vietnam it was Africa that commanded the most interest among helicopter enthusiasts: first with the French in Algeria, then later in Chad and afterwards with Portugal fighting a succession of guerilla campaigns in Angola, Portuguese Guinea and Moçambique. Then came the Rhodesian war, where the use of helicopters in combat became a fine art - the concept of quick reaction 'Fireforce' was born here; and, most recently, the South African border war and the conflict in Angola.

    There were other events in which helicopters were used in Africa, and this books deals with many of them: the succession of army mutinies that plagued East Africa after independence, the civil war in Nigeria, the perennial war against drugs, seen here in the mountains adjacent to Lesotho; helicopters at sea in both operational and lifesaving functions; the search for poachers and the use of helicopters by the South African Police in the dreadful carnage caused by black-on-black tribal faction-fighting in South Africa.

    Somalia features in this work too. Who has not seen pictures or images on TV of American gunships hovering over Mgadishu? Or the more tragic shots of shattered Blackhawks, shot down by recalcitrant Somali warriors? Al Venter spent time in the Horn of Africa to compile a complete portrait of helicopter operations in that sad country.

    To give a farily complete picture, a variety of other uses of helicopters are also dealt with, including joint American-Egyptian military exercises in the desert and the rescue of hundreds of passengers from the sinking passenger liner Oceanos, which went down in the Indian Ocean in August 1991 without loss of life.~The Chopper Boys|ISBN-13 978-1853671777|~10999~12227~~
    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, 224 pages. 200 colour & b/w photos, maps. RRP £24.95
    Planned Release Date: Aug 2010
    ITEM CODE - PC44PB~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, 224 pages. 200 colour & b/w photos, maps. RRP £24.95
    Planned Release Date: Aug 2010
    ITEM CODE - PC44PB~~10999~13004~~
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    Reunion: RLI 49th Birthday - DVD~Reunion celebrating the forming of the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Durban, RSA, Feb 2010~~~10999~12929~~
    Reunion: RLI 49th Birthday - DVD |
    Rhodesian Corps of Engineers~Mike Pelham is compiling a book on the history of the Rhodesian Corps of Engineers. He is looking for ex-serving members who may have stories / photos to share.
    Link to follow~~~10999~12652~~
    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.
    - Rhodesian Memorials: Rhodesian Roll of Honour - A4 Softback, Colour, 21 pages. (Colour supplement to "Rhodesian War Casualties & Airforce Memorials")~~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|Rhodesian Memorials Supp - A4|X ISBN 9781920315450|~10999~12990~~
    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; 240 X 162mm; 16pp b/w pics.
    ISBN 1-85797-250-3 Hardback.
    ISBN 0304356840 Softback~292pp; 240 X 162mm; 16 b/w pics.
    ISBN 1-85797-250-3 Hardback.
    ISBN 0304356840 Softback


    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.
    ~Select Edition||No Mean Soldier (S/B)|ISBN 0304356840|No Mean Soldier (H/B)|ISBN 1857972503|~10999~12258~No Mean Soldier - The autobiography of a Professional fighting man, Peter McAleese, SAS~

    Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
    593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

    Book condition
    - Book - Hardback 1999. Very good clean tight copy.
    - Dust jacket - one diagonal tear on spine at top, 'repaired' on inside with packing tape. (some idiot!) Inside flap has sticker of bookseller.
    ISBN 0620237562 K~~Pamwe Chete (HB 1999)|ISBN 0620237562 K|~10999~12916~~
    Standby! South African Air Force Search and Rescue - Brig-Gen Dick Lord~Originally published as Fire, Flood and Ice, this updated edition includes yet more spectacular South African Air Force (SAAF) search and rescue missions, both military and civilian.~~~10999~12849~~
    Standby! South African Air Force Search and Rescue - Brig-Gen Dick Lord |
    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.

    Print edition: 10th Edition
    Book condition
    - Binding is tight & strong but the book is spinecocked. No marks or inscriptions. Cover boards are clean & bright. ~~Don%27t Die in the Bundu|ISBN 0869780565E|~10999~12879~~
    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.

    Print edition: 11th Edition
    Book condition
    - Binding is tight & strong but the book is spinecocked. No marks or inscriptions. Cover boards are clean & bright. ~~Don%27t Die in the Bundu|ISBN 0869780565D|~10999~12878~~
    Coming soon - one off sale of genuine flags~~~~10999~12577~~
    Flags~Genuine flags for sale - coming shortly.
    1 x Rhodesian flag (William Smith & Gourock)
    1 x Zimbabwe-Rhodesia flag (William Smith & Gourock)
    1 x Union Jack (Manufacturer unknown).
    All flags approx 1,78m x 0,88m~~~10999~12416~~
    Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
    593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

    Book condition
    - Book - Hardback 1999. Very good clean tight copy, immaculate.
    - Dust jacket - one tear at bottom front cover.
    ISBN 0620237562 G~~Pamwe Chete (HB 1999)|ISBN 0620237562 G|~10999~12780~~
    Returning to Myself - Linda Smith~Autobiography covering Rhodesia's Federation days~~~10999~12827~~
    Returning to Myself - Linda Smith |
    Blood Lily - Martin Cranwick~Contemporary Fiction - A sweeping tale of naivety, treachery, war and genocide, of love and friendship... and ultimately of hope and regeneration.~~~10999~12825~~
    Blood Lily - Martin Cranwick |
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - Prop Geldenhuys~Another set 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.~~~10999~12636~~
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - Prop Geldenhuys |
    Above Board and Under Cover - Capt Ivor C Little (SAN) (Rtd) R190~This is Ivor Little's story of his life at sea and on shore. It details his experiences both as a civilian Master Mariner and in the South African Navy. He qualified as a Master Mariner at the age of 24 - a record of the youngest ever at the time, also by then had already virtually sailed the world. Thereafter he spent many years being land-based, unrelated to those expected of a Master Mariner. All of his activities were as the book’s title indicates, 'Above Board', though some years were made very difficult being 'Under Cover' in a foreign country. Later he served in the South African Defence Force then the Defence Secretariat. He resigned when the sea called him once more..~~~10999~12809~~
    Above Board and Under Cover - Capt Ivor C Little (SAN) (Rtd) R190 |
    Troepie: From Call-Up to Camps - Cameron Blake~This is military history with a human face, relating the experiences of the South African troops on the ground rather than depersonalised military events, narrated by a large number of former conscripts, the book covers a range of experiences, which provides a rich and varied sense of life in the SADF.~~~10999~12654~~
    Troepie: From Call-Up to Camps - Cameron Blake |
    Border-Line Insanity: A National Serviceman’s Story - Tim Ramsden~Tim Ramsden served his time as a National Serviceman in the SADF’s elite Mechanised Battalions and tells his story from his tough training days to the SADF’s final confrontation with Cuban armoured forces during the last days of the border war before a peace deal with Angola and Cuba was finalised in New York in December 1988. The book includes the journey's of three of the author’s National Service comrades who were captured and imprisoned in Mozambique. The author also details his trip to the Namibian/Angolan border several years later to visit people who are no longer his enemies. Included are many photos taken covertly whilst on ops and shown for the first time.~~~10999~12533~~
    Border-Line Insanity: A National Serviceman’s Story - Tim Ramsden |
    19 with a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola - Granger Korff~A fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff’s two years’ service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African ‘bush war’ in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the ‘standard’ counter-insurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defence Force (SADF) conventional cross-border operations, such as Protea, Daisy and Carnation, into Angola to take on FAPLA (Angolan MPLA troops) and their Cuban and Soviet allies.~~~10999~12458~~
    19 with a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola - Granger Korff |
    From Rhodesia To Mugabe's Zimbabwe: Chronicles of a Game Ranger - Nick Tredger~This exciting book relates how after serving two years national service in the Rhodesian Army the author, Nick Tredger, joined the Department of National Parks and Wildlife as a cadet ranger in 1978 - starting with a posting to the remote Chizarira National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba. He takes the reader through the last days of Rhodesia with Wankie National Park and thence the first four years of Robert Mugabe's disastrous rule of an independent Zimbabwe with postings in Zambezi Valley and Mana Pools.~~~10999~12525~~
    From Rhodesia To Mugabe's Zimbabwe: Chronicles of a Game Ranger - Nick Tredger |
    Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia - Jonathan Pittaway~"Not by strength, by guile". This long awaited updated and revised 2nd Edition traces the history of Rhodesians in the special forces LRDG patrols during the 2nd World War from their unit's 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. ~~~10999~12352~~
    Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia - Jonathan Pittaway |
    Eagle Strike: The Story of the controversial airborne assault on Cassinga 1978 - Colonel Jan Breytenbach~This is not only an autobiography but also a comprehensive journal (640 pages) of one of the greatest airborne assaults ever mounted in Africa - on a SWAPO fortified base containing its Military Headquarters, logistical support, reserves and training facilities. Colonel Jan Breytenbach planned, jumped in and led South African paratroopers into the Battle of Cassinga in Angola with total commitment, superb strategy and leadership ability that has made him legendary in military circles worldwide. The assault was supported by a very strong airstrike by bombers and fighters as well as by air transport to drop the paratroopers into battle 250 kms deep behind enemy lines, and thus, of a necessity, the deployment of a veritable swarm of helicopters to extract the paratroopers back to safety. This work is destined to become a reference work by which future airborne operations will be measured by.~~~10999~11899~~
    Eagle Strike: The Story of the controversial airborne assault on Cassinga 1978 - Colonel Jan Breytenbach |
    Undefeated: The Extraordinary Life and Death of Lt Col Jack Sherwood Kelly VC, CMG, DSO - Philip Bujak~Lt Col Jack Kelly was a South African soldier who, in 1917, was called “the bravest man in the British Army” who crossed swords with Churchill in an attempt to stop British soldiers being killed in a secret, needless and directionless campaign against Russia – the relevance of this book with the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq could not be more pertinent.~~~10999~12661~~
    Undefeated: The Extraordinary Life and Death of Lt Col Jack Sherwood Kelly VC, CMG, DSO - Philip Bujak |
    Escape On the Wildside - Rose Ridgen~Rose Ridgen's best art to date! This 5th Wildside cartoon book carries on with a similar sporting/golfing theme as with her previous best selling book 'Golf on the Wildside'. Wildside is an extraordinary collection of the humorous African wildlife art where the artist shows her wry sense of humour by transposing relations between 'animals and us' to create situations which are amusing to readers of all nationalities and all ages.
    Ideal as gifts - order now in time for xmas!~~~10999~12609~~
    Escape On the Wildside - Rose Ridgen |
    Two Wheels and a Tokoloshe - David Lemon~Fried caterpillars, lions in the night and the wide smiles of Africa - all these and more, David Lemon encountered while cycling alone from Nairobi to Cape Town. He was arrested twice, beaten up by armed soldiers and menaced by hyenas. He fell off his bike on numerous occasions and went down with amoebic dysentery in Tanzania. Despite the problems, he enjoyed himself and his irreverently laconic account of the journey makes compulsive reading for anyone interested in armchair adventure or the people of Africa.~~~10999~12575~~
    Two Wheels and a Tokoloshe - David Lemon |
    This September Sun - Bryony Rheam~Fiction. This September Sun is a chronicle of the lives of two women, the romantic Evelyn and her granddaughter Ellie. Growing up in post-Independence Zimbabwe, Ellie yearns for a life beyond the confines of small town Bulawayo, a wish that eventually comes true when she moves to the United Kingdom. However, life there is not all she dreamed it to be, but it is the murder of her grandmother that eventually brings her back home and forces her to face some hard home truths through the unravelling of long-concealed family secrets. ~~~10999~12957~~
    This September Sun - Bryony Rheam |
    Hobo - David Lemon~The author liked the blurb on this one...... 'He had heard that no-one had ever rowed the lake before,' it said. 'So he set out to write his name into the history books.' .... He didn't. It was merely something he wanted to do, so off he went. It was pretty hairy at the time, but he survived ..... He set off from Kariba Dam in a 10ft dingy, rowed past Mlibizi on the upper reaches of Kariba and then back again, covering over 1000km in 63 days. He hit the rocks during his first storm loosing most of his stuff ... encountered many wild animals on the way ... even got bitten on the foot by a night adder ...~~~10999~12791~~
    Hobo - David Lemon |
    Insignia and History of the Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890-1980 - Col. Dudley Wall~Just reprinted as 4th Edition
    An interesting book showing the history of most of the Rhodesian Forces and the insignia of each. It covers various services within the Rhodesian Army, Rhodesian Air Force, Intaf and the Guard Force. The histories of each are on the brief side, but the book gives a good background to how the Rhodesian Forces were structured, and why the various units were eventually formed. The insignia are shown in outstanding colour plates. ~~~10999~12808~~
    Insignia and History of the Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890-1980 - Col. Dudley Wall |
    PK van der Byl: An African Aristocrat - Hannes Wessels~The life and times of PK van der Byl, a colourful but controversial and confrontational character who was one of the major players in Rhodesian politics. ~~~10999~12851~~
    PK van der Byl: An African Aristocrat - Hannes Wessels |
    PK van der Byl: An African Aristocrat - Hannes Wessels~The life and times of PK van der Byl; one of the major players in a political drama in Rhodesia that ended with the accession to power of Robert Mugabe. By his very nature PK was controversial and confrontational. Much can be contested about PK van der Byl but few will dispute he was an extremely colourful character with a devilish sense of humour. The reader will glean new information on a highly controversial subject and emerge with a more sympathetic understanding of what PK van der Byl and his colleagues did and strove for. The human tragedy that has followed the removal from power of Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front party will almost certainly force the reader to deal with some uncomfortable conclusions, of value to anyone sincere about grappling with the volatile and deeply troubling challenges that confront all Africans today.
    Paperback, 352 pages. 234 x 153 / 6 x 9. 60 photos, maps. RRP £17.95
    Planned release date: May/June 2010

    BOOK CODE - PKVDB~The Book
    The narrative gives the reader an overview of the history of the white man in southern Africa with detailed emphasis on the Rhodesian story through the life and times of PK van der Byl; one of the major players in a political drama that ended in the accession to power of Robert Mugabe under the auspices of the British government led by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. By his very nature PK was controversial and confrontational. This account is likely to give offence to some because it portrays him as bluntly as he was in real life. Much can be contested about PK van der Byl but few will dispute he was an extremely colourful character with a devilish sense of humour. This memoir covers his life with a full flourish while doing nothing to detract from the seriousness of the international political and military conflict in which he was engaged. The reader will glean new information on a highly controversial subject and emerge with a more sympathetic understanding of what PK van der Byl and his colleagues did and strove for. The human tragedy that has followed the removal from power of Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front party will almost certainly force the reader to deal with some uncomfortable conclusions, of value to anyone sincere about grappling with the volatile and deeply troubling challenges that confront all Africans today.

    The Author
    Hannes Wessels was born in 1956 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) but grew up in Umtali on the Mozambican border. As a boy, holidays were spent with Game Department rangers; time on safari in Mozambique with the late Wally Johnson was a big influence on him. Wessels also grew to know Robert Ruark whose love of Africa, its people, politics and the written word left a lasting impression. He saw action in the Rhodesian bush war before acquiring a law degree which he chose not to use. He has hunted big game in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania in a 20-year career. In 1994 he was severely gored by a wounded buffalo which almost cost him his life. While no longer directly involved in hunting, he is part-owner of a lodge and game ranch in Zambia on the Lower Zambezi and remains keenly interested in all matters relating to African wildlife and conservation. He has published Strange Tales from Africa in the USA, a collection of anecdotes from his hunting days. He is also a syndicated writer for Outdoor Life in the United States and is currently writing a history on the Rhodesian SAS. He is married to Mandy and has two daughters, Hope and Jana, and lives in Darling in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

    Paperback, 352 pages. 234 x 153 / 6 x 9. 60 photos, maps. RRP £17.95
    Planned release date: May/June 2010
    BOOK CODE - PKVDB~~10999~12850~~
    Special collection discount: JRT Woods 'Post-Second World War history of Rhodesia' set~Order JRT Woods' 2nd book So Far and No Further!: Rhodesia's Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965' together with the 3rd book 'A Matter of Weeks rather than Months: The Impasse between Harold Wilson and Ian Smith: Sanctions, Aborted Settlements and War: 1965-1969', and get 10% discount off. Plus a further 5% discount if you order more than one set.~~Select items||A Matter of Weeks rather than Months (Disc. price)|ISBN 1425148077set|So Far and No Further! (Disc. price)|ISBN 1412049520set|~10999~11919~~
    The British South Africa Police - DVD Volume 1~The BSAP - Volume 1
    Contains the following clips:-NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||The BSAP - DVD Volume 1 - PAL|9481 PAL|The BSAP - DVD Volume 1 - NTSC|9481 NTSC|~10999~12783~~
    The British South Africa Police - DVD Volume 2~Contains the following clips:-NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||The BSAP - DVD Volume 2 - PAL|9484 PAL|The BSAP - DVD Volume 2 - NTSC|9484 NTSC|~10999~12784~~
    The Elite: The Rhodesian SAS - DVD~The Rhodesian SAS were past masters at covert warfare. Conducting deep penetration raids and reconnaissance into surrounding countries, they struck fear into their enemies. Quick and deadly, they were the ultimate Special Forces Troops. Their story is only partly told in this film. More detailed information can be found in the many books written about them.
    Flim clips include:-NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||The Elite - DVD - PAL|9472 PAL|The Elite - DVD - NTSC|9472 NTSC|~10999~12778~~
    This is the RAR - Music / Video combination CD~The Rhodesian African Rifles - A Music CD & Video CD combination set
    Music CD of music tracks from the original vinyl recording, The Band and Voices of the Rhodesian Africa Rifles.Music includes:
    • Sweet Banana
    • Trumpets Wild
    • Depot Men
    • Claernet Escapade
    • The Hippe Girl
    • RAR Jazz Band
    • Vudzijena
    • Happy Wanderer
    • Evening Hymn & Last Post
    Also includes a Video CD containing the film clip on the RAR's Regimental Day Parade and exhibition.
    NOTE:- The video CD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. They are digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not full restorations. They remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not Hollywood quality products! ~~This is the RAR - Music / Video CD|9478|~10999~12781~~
    Selous Scouts - DVD~Perhaps the most unique and effective Special Forces units the modern world has ever seen. Composed of a unique combination of Army and Police Special Branch, this multi-racial unit was responsible for 64% of all enemy casualties during Rhodesia's terrorist war. Today, 27 years after they were disbanded, their name still strikes fear into the hearts of their former enemies. They were the ultimate master of pseudo-terrorist operations, deep penetration reconnaissance and sabotage in surrounding countries and warriors without par. This DVD is their story, as told in an extended interview with their founding OC Lt.Col. Ron Reid-Daly and through footage of their operations.
    Film clips includes:-NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||Selous Scouts - DVD - PAL|9463 PAL|Selous Scouts - DVD - NTSC|9463 NTSC|~10999~12775~~
    The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa - Colin R Owen~Is not a new publication - we have located brand new copies of this elusive but important publication. (Second hand copies go for twice the price!).
    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 1990 publication still remains the top reference guide for collectors and historians worldwide.~~~10999~12896~~
    The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa - Colin R Owen |
    Storm Clouds Over Africa - Doug Cunningham~Fiction. The story is of two boys, one a descendant of the proud ruling house of the Matabele, and the other, the son of a white settler, a pioneer. They grow up in paradise on a farm in the rugged Matopos area of Matabeleland. Their friendship develops and they declare themselves blood brothers, but as time passes, the stones of prejudice and politics wear down their vow. One friend joins the freedom fighters, and the other enlists in the Rhodesian security forces. A story of Africa, a passionate story of survival, hatred and love seen through the eyes of both freedom fighter and white settler. It is a conflict that stems from the soul of two people who lay claim to a piece of land they both call home.~~~10999~12664~~
    Storm Clouds Over Africa - Doug Cunningham |
    Storm Clouds Over Africa - D.Cunningham~Fiction. A story of white/black conflict that stems two different people who lay claim to a piece of land they both call home.~~~10999~12744~~
    Storm Clouds Over Africa - D.Cunningham |
    Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
    593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

    Book condition
    - Book - Hardback 2000. Very good clean tight copy.
    - Dust jacket - very good condition, slight scuff marks. ~~Pamwe Chete (HB 2000)|ISBN 0620237562 I|~10999~12867~~
    Choppertech - Gordon 'Beaver' Shaw~ ('Cover' on left is not the book, just a photo we have selected pending the official cover design from the author/publisher)
    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 during an external operation.
    Includes many photos and drawings.
    A special hard covered edition (strictly limited to very few copies, with slightly more content), and a 'public' softcover edition is planned (subject to demand, so put your names down!).
    Planned release / dispatch date: Possibly early 2nd quarter 2010
    (ITEM CODE - CHTE)~~~10999~12913~~
    Own Goals: National Pride and Defeat in War, the Rhodesian Experience - Roger Marston~The author's basic thesis is that the image of the Early Rhodesian Pioneers suffused all Rhodesian culture and shaped the way the Rhodesians fought the bush war, and that this self-image lead to defeat despite of the heroism and skill of the indiviual soldiers.The author argues that whilst the overriding purpose of counter-insurgency is political, the actual campaign is invariably seen as military. The expense, death and trauma of the military action usually mean that political purposes come a poor second in terms of popular and governmental aims. Rhodesia provided an example of the disastrous consequences of such an approach. Political judgments were invaraibly based upon popular assessments - founded on ignorance. The Rhodesian Army in the 1970s, considered as the best anti-terrorist forces in the world, consequently lost the war.~~~10999~12866~~
    Own Goals: National Pride and Defeat in War, the Rhodesian Experience - Roger Marston |
    Beneath a Zimbabwe Sun - B Whyte~The Zimbabwean countryside has many moods, an infinite variety of faces. In striking contradiction of the image held by many who have not visited the land between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers, Zimbabwe is not a vast expanse of near-emptiness, of unrelieved sun-brown bush, of dust and burning skies. The dust and heat are there, some of the time and in some parts. But so are the gracious lakes, the fresh woods and pastures, the cool streams and high mountain peaks. Zimbabwe's enchantment is heightened by magnificent wildlife. Its concentration of elephant is one of the greatest in the world and the many game reserves and national parks abound with a breathtaking variety of animals. Kingly lion, glowering rhino, mountainous hippo, comical warthog, graceful giraffe, hyena, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, leopard -- they are all there, and in their natural habitat. The country's sun-washed wonders are complemented by the design and spread of its towns and cities. Herein lies Zimbabwe's spellbinding effect of contrasts: the timeless, savage grandeur of Africa is at hand within minutes of leaving any of its sophisticated cities of sleek skyscrapers and urban bustle. This book shows this diversity in a uniquely evocative way. It reveals the splendour, the beauty and the freshness of a country still unspolled, the true nature of a relatively little-known part of Africa.
    First published in 1987, now updated.
    Reprinted as new Edition 2009. Hardback, coffee table format. 136+ pages.~~Beneath a Zimbabwe Sun|X ISBN 0869210394|~10999~12725~~
    SUPER SPECIAL SALE - Ending Sunday 28th Feb~~~~10999~10955~~
    The Kevin Woods Story: In the Shadow of Mugabe’s Gallows - Kevin Woods~Kevin worked as a double agent for the South African apartheid government and Robert Mugabe's Central Intelligence Organization in the 80s. After he was compromised for his activities against the South African ANC in based in Zimbabwe, he was incarcerated in the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison (Harare) for 20 years, five of which were spent naked on death row. His release was pleaded to Mugabe by none other than Nelson Mandela in the 90s but this fell on deaf ears. Finally, in 2006, he received a presidential pardon and was released. This is his story.

    Softback version: Was £14.00 (RRP £18.00), now £6.00 (Dispatching from UK only)
    ~~~10999~11636~~
    The Kevin Woods Story: In the Shadow of Mugabe’s Gallows - Kevin Woods |
    So Far and No Further!: Rhodesia’s Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965 - JRT Wood~J.R.T. Wood's second definitive book on the post-Second World War history of Rhodesia.This account traces Rhodesia's attempt to secure independence during the retreat from Empire after 1959. The book reveals why Rhodesia defied the world from 1965. Given the headlong rush of the Macmillan government in Britain in 1959 to be rid of its colonies, Rhodesia should have been the first African colony in line for independence. Rhodesia was self-governing, and possessed most powers, including the right of self-defence. However, many obstacles hindered this political progression. So Far and No Further! chronicles the British attempts to force white-ruled Rhodesia to accept the inevitability of majority rule, and to deny her independence on any other basis. Majority rule was something that Rhodesia's whites understood was inevitable, but they also knew that, until democratic practices were well grounded, it would be disastrous.

    Was £22.00 (RRP £30.00), now £8.00 (Dispatching from UK only)
    ~~~10999~12870~~
    So Far and No Further!: Rhodesia’s Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965 - JRT Wood |
    Rhodesia: Last Outpost of the British Empire 1890-1980 - Peter Baxter~This is the first complete history of Rhodesia, the country founded by Empire Builder, Cecil John Rhodes. It tells how Rhodes' men engaged Lobengula, the Matabele king, in lengthy negotiations while at the same time seeking a Royal Charter and the right for white pioneers to occupy Mashonaland. It relates Rhodesia's history right up to Lancaster House in 1979 and the 'free and fair' elections that foisted the Marxist Robert Mugabe and his regime on the country. Throughout this historical tapestry the author has skilfully threaded in the many often larger-than-life personalities who shaped Rhodesia's destiny from Cecil John Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson, Frank Johnson, King Lobengula, Archibald Colquhoan and many others, to the later ones like Godfrey Huggins, Sir Edgar Whitehead, Garfield Todd, Joshua Nkomo, Robert Mugabe Ian Smith and a host of others.
    576 pages, 242 x 168mm. 48 pages of black and white and colour illustrations.
    Estimated dispatch date: End May 2010
    (ITEM CODE: RTLO)~This is the first complete history of Rhodesia, the country founded by Empire Builder, Cecil John Rhodes. It tells how Rhodes’ men engaged Lobengula, the Matabele king, in lengthy negotiations while at the same time seeking a Royal Charter for the British South Africa Company and the right for white pioneers to occupy Mashonaland. It tells of the Pioneer Column and the occupation in 1890, the Matabele War, the Matabele and Mashona rebellions, Rhodesian military involvement in the Boer War and World War I when Rhodesians fought for King and country in SW Africa, East Africa and on the Western Front.

    Baxter explains the granting of self government by Britain in 1923 and the rapid development that took place between the wars, including the realisation of the tobacco dream. He writes about Rhodesian involvement in World War II when conscription was introduced as a necessity to halt a flood of volunteers that had become so great that if it had not been stopped it would have damaged the economy of the country. Men and women were detached to British and South African units to avoid the savage casualties of World War I when volunteers had fought in purely Rhodesian units. In this way the Rhodesians fought in every theatre of war, on land, sea and in the air.

    Baxter details the tide of white immigration after the war, the establishment and breakup of the Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland and the rising political awareness of the black populace. The bid for full independence from Britain and finally UDI when Rhodesians went alone despite comprehensive UN sanctions. He details the rising tide of the Bush War waged by black nationalists, sustained by the military support of the Soviet Bloc and Red China, and finally the Lancaster House talks that led to a ‘free and fair’ British and Commonwealth supervised elections which led to the black demagogue Robert Mugabe coming to power.

    Throughout this historical tapestry the author has skilfully threaded in the many often larger-than-life personalities who shaped Rhodesia’s destiny from the early characters like Cecil John Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson, Frank Johnson, King Lobengula, Archibald Colquhoan and many others, to the later ones like Godfrey Huggins, Sir Edgar Whitehead, Garfield Todd, Joshua Nkomo, Robert Mugabe, Ian Smith and a host of others.
    and a host of others.
    Softcover.576 pages, 242 x 168mm. 48 pages of black and white and colour illustrations.
    Estimated dispatch date: Apr 2010
    (BOOK CODE: RTLO)~Select Edition|9577|Rhodesia%3A Last Outpost (Softback)|9578|Rhodesia%3A Last Outpost (Hard back)|9579|~10999~12899~~
    Rhodesia: Last Outpost of the British Empire 1890-1980 - Peter Baxter~The history of Rhodesia~~~10999~12773~~
    Rhodesia: Last Outpost of the British Empire 1890-1980 - Peter Baxter |
    The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa - Colin R Owen~The highly sought after authoritive reference book on badges and insignia in the Rhodesian and South African Forces~~~10999~12890~~
    The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa - Colin R Owen |
    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!

    Stocking from: Early April 2010. Approx price £50.00 excluding P&P
    BOOK CODE - MBAISA~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!

    Stocking from: Early April 2010. Approx price £50.00 excluding P&P
    BOOK CODE - MBAISA~The Military Badges and Insignia of Southern Africa|9573|~10999~12889~~
    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.

    Book condition
    - Very good clean tight copy. Front cover and spine held together with stellotape - it appears that the spine may have had been excessively compressed due to heavy weight placed on book while flat causing the spine to buckle slightly. Otherwise is in good condition.~~A Pride of Eagles|ISBN 0620237597C|~10999~12604~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, RAF RRAF, rhodesian pilots~
    So Far and No Further!: Rhodesia’s Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965 - JRT Wood~J.R.T. Wood's second definitive book on the post-Second World War history of Rhodesia.This definitive account traces Rhodesia's attempt to secure independence during the retreat from Empire after 1959. Based on unique research, it reveals why Rhodesia defied the world from 1965. Given the headlong rush of the Macmillan government in Britain in 1959 to be rid of its colonies, Rhodesia should have been the first African colony in line for independence. Rhodesia was self-governing, and possessed most powers, including the right of self-defence. Being in the condition of New Zealand before the grant of dominion status, it seemed logical that Rhodesia would become a dominion. However, many obstacles hindered this political progression. So Far and No Further! chronicles the British attempts to force white-ruled Rhodesia to accept the inevitability of majority rule, and to deny her independence on any other basis. Majority rule was something that Rhodesia’s whites understood was inevitable, but they also knew that, until democratic practices were well grounded, it would be disastrous.
    Note - J.R.T. Wood's third follow-on book is now available - A Matter of Weeks rather than Months: The Impasse between Harold Wilson and Ian Smith: Sanctions, Aborted Settlements and War: 1965-1969
    ISBN 0958489025, 2005, Softback, 533 pages.
    NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~ISBN 0958489025, 2005,
    Softback, 533 pages



    Ian Smith's unilateral declaration of independence for Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on 11 November 1965 was seen by many as the act of a rebellious white minority seeking to preserve their privileged position in defiance of Britain's determination to shed her Empire and introduce rule by the African majority as soon as possible.

    However, the drama of UDI has long overshadowed and oversimplified the complexities of the preceding years. In this account of that time, based on sole access to the hitherto closed papers of Ian Douglas Smith and Sir Roy Welensky, as well as extensive research at London's Public Record Office, and in government and private collections elsewhere, Dr J.R.T. Wood chronicles the collision course on which Britain and Rhodesia were set after 1959, complementing his study of the fate of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in his definitive 'The Welensky Papers: A History of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1953-1963'.

    Britain, Wood shows, was intent on shedding her Empire as quickly as possible against a backdrop of the Cold War and the rise of Chinese- and Soviet-sponsored African nationalism. She delivered some 600 one man, one vote constitutions to her fledgling nations and had no intention of granting Rhodesia independence on different terms. Unlike Britain's other African possessions, however, Rhodesia had enjoyed self-governance since 1923. The largely white Rhodesian electorate, wary of the consequences of premature and ill-prepared majority rule, sought instead dominion status akin to that of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Their intention was gradually to pave the way for majority rule: since 1923, Rhodesia's electoral qualifications had excluded race. It was always understood that the African majority would acquire power; the concern was the speed and smoothness of that acquisition.

    Culminating in those dramatic days of November 1965 when Ian Smith concluded in the face of resolute British stonewalling that he had no alternative but UDI, this unique account is the first in a series which chronicles the course of events that ultimately led to Robert Mugabe's accession to power in 1980, and all that entailed.~So Far and No Further!|ISBN 0958489025|So Far and No Further!|Z ISBN 1412049520|~10999~12871~So Far and No Further!%3A Rhodesia’s Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965, JRT Wood~
    Mercenary Commander - Col Jerry Puren as told to Brian Pottinger~On the 30 June 1960 the Congo became independent. Within five days the country had split into four squabbling parts. Tied with blood and history to the troubled country were the mercenaries, drawn from Britain, Rhodesia, France, Belgium and South Africa. They were le affreux - the frightful ones. This is their story and the story of those troubled and bloody times.
    It also tells of one of the most audacious and yet badly planned mercenary exploits in history; the abortive coup attempt in the Seychelles in 1981 that nearly claimed the last of Colonel Puren's nine lives. This is a true story of adventure, of politics, of love, of betrayal . . . and of death. It is Colonel Puren's amazing story . . . and it all happened.
    ISBN 0-9470-2021-7. Hardback, 384pp; 242 X 168-mm; 32pp b/w photographs. Now Out of Print.

    Book Condition
    A very nice tightly bound copy SIGNED by Jerry Puren on title page "with very best wishes".A crease to back flyleaf & index page at back.Dustjacket is complete & not priceclipped, there are no nicks or tears.~~Mercenary Commander|ISBN 0947020217|~10999~12856~~
    Power to the People: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe - Nancy Lazarus~Power to the People is a chronicle of events in one country and experiences of the ordinary people in that country as the country's government changed hands from colonial rule to an independent country. The challenges of the regimes in the two eras, the administrative styles, the strategies adopted by the regimes to hold onto power, and the impact all this had on the ordinary person, the skilled and professional manpower, the public services and the economy, are expressed from the ordinary person's view. Written by a Zimbabwean because of her frustration with the dishonesty of her country's politicians and the state of decadence of the country. An insight into the troubled nation of Zimbabwe.
    ISBN 9781905809196. 2nd Edition 2008. Softback 188 pages ~~Power to the People|ISBN 9781905809196|~10999~12529~~
    Beneath a Zimbabwe Sun - B Whyte~Coffee table book filled with beautiful pictures taken around Zimbabwe, covering most of the well known heritage sites, game parks, and other top tourist spots, to views of the countryside, wild life and some towns & cities. Beneath a Zimbabwe Sun shows the diversity in a uniquely evocative way, revealing the spendour, the beauty and the freshness of a country still unspoilt, the true nature of a relatively little-known part of Africa. First published in 1987, now updated and reprinted as a new edition, it is nevertheless still timeless in content and appeal.~~~10999~12723~~
    Beneath a Zimbabwe Sun - B Whyte |
    Contact 2: Struggle for Peace - Paul Moorcraft (Softcover Reprint)~Contact II has been out of print since 1982, despite the very rapid sell-out of its first two printings in South Africa. Author Paul Moorcraft has allowed a softback 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. 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.~~~10999~12727~~
    Contact 2: Struggle for Peace - Paul Moorcraft (Softcover Reprint) |
    We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - P.Els~The story of the South African 'Parabats' from inception in 1960 up to 1991~~~10999~12755~~
    We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - P.Els |
    We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - Paul Els~By Paul Els, a retired Warrant-Officer (Class 1) of the former South African Defence Force, and author of Ongulumbashe: Where the Bush War began and the Special Forces Recces We Fear Naught but God, both available on this site.
    The story of the South African 1 Parachute Battalion (popularly known as "Parabats") from inception in 1960 up to 1991. In 1966, units of 1 Parachute Battalion first participated in operations as part of the South African Border War in South-West Africa (now Namibia). This involvement was eventually to last for more than twenty years. This battalion also participated in South Africa's first major airborne operation in 1978 - 'Operation Reindeer' - the Battle of Cassinga, where they, together with other battalions attacked a large SWAPO base in Angola, successfully capturing it. The book includes training procedures / methods, operational stories, and many other information, such as parades, barracks, and some private stories. So far the page count is over 320 pages and includes more than 970 photos - the book is currently in the editing phase.
    Soft cover , A4 size, with 336 pages and contains approx. 1000 black/white photos of which most have not been published before.
    (Another title 'Iron Eagle' is in the pipeline. This will tell the story of 1 Parachute Battalion from 1992 onwards, plus the story of all of the other SA parachute battalions & regiments. Target release date for 'Iron Eagle' is towards end 2010.)
    Planned release date: Target late Feb / early March 2010
    NOTE: This will be a small print run of a few copies - put your names down ASAP to ensure sufficient copies is printed !
    (BOOK CODE - PBPE)~~We Conquer from Above%3A 1 Parachute Battalion - Paul Els|X 9548|~10999~12665~~
    Special Air Service: Rhodesia - J.Pittaway~A comprehensive account of the Rhodesian SAS~~~10999~12749~~
    Special Air Service: Rhodesia - J.Pittaway |
    Mercenary Invasion of the Seychelles: The Aborted Indian Ocean Island Raid Led by Former Congo Mercenary Mike Hoare - Aubrey Brookes & Graham Linscott~ ('Cover' on left is not the book, just a picture we have selected pending the official cover design from the publisher)
    Rhodesian Aubrey Brooks, a member of the Grey Scouts and later the elite Selous Scouts, was choosen by legendary Colonel Mike Hoare, to be one of the three section leaders in the abortive coup attempt - tells of his story of an operation that went wrong right from the moment they landed. Soon after touching down at the socialist government's Mahe International Airport, one of the mercenaries was found to have a rifle secreted in his golf bag while going through customs. An extended fire-fight followed involving Tanzanian and North Korean military units as well as some Seychellois armour and there were a number of casualties. Shortly afterwards Colonel Hoare and others managed to board an Air India passenger jet, where, at gunpoint, they ordered the crew to fly to South Africa. They were arrested on arrival. Some of the original mercenary group had to be left behind, including Brookes. Though he managed to evade island security forces for some days, he was eventually captured, tortured and put on trial and sentenced to death. Brookes spent several years in prison.
    Planned Release Date: TBA
    (BOOK CODE - MITS)~~~10999~12329~~
    Mercenary Invasion of the Seychelles: The Aborted Indian Ocean Island Raid Led by Former Congo Mercenary Mike Hoare - A.Brookes & G.Linscott~The story of an operation that went wrong~~~10999~12753~~
    Mercenary Invasion of the Seychelles: The Aborted Indian Ocean Island Raid Led by Former Congo Mercenary Mike Hoare - A.Brookes & G.Linscott |
    Eagle Strike: The Story of the controversial airborne assault on Cassinga 1978 - Colonel Jan Breytenbach~Written by the highest decorated soldier in the South African Defence Force and author of several top class military books. Founder of top South African elite army units - the SA Special Forces (Recces), 32 Battalion, 44 Parachute Brigade, SA Guerrilla School, and the SA Pathfinders (The Philistines).
    This is not only an autobiography but also a comprehensive journal of one of the greatest airborne assaults ever mounted in Africa. Colonel Jan Breytenbach planned, jumped in and led the paratroopers into the Battle of Cassinga in Angola with total commitment, superb strategy and leadership ability that has made him legendary in military circles worldwide. The book is lavishly illustrated with some 60 colour photographs, detailed map overlays and to crown it all, both the full Fit Chute lists as well as Colonel Breytenbach's original 20 page handwritten battle orders that he wrote at De Brug on 28 April 1978! There are numerous appendices that should further assist historians and students of military history.
    Manie Grove Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9780620406147. 640 pages, 60 colour photos. Two editions available - Standard & autographed Limited editions
    Standard Edition - 1.2kg
    Limited Edition - 2kg. Limited signed and numbered leatherbound collectors edition, with slipcase (250 copies only). Strictly 1st come, 1st serve basis. VERY FEW COPIES LEFT!~Manie Grove Publishing
    May 2008
    ISBN 9780620406147
    2 Editions - Standard & Limited leatherbound with slipcase.
    640 pages, 60 colour photos



    This is the story of an audacious airborne assault, on 4 May 1978, on a SWAPO fortified base containing its Military Headquarters, logistical support, reserves and training facilities. The assault was supported by a very strong airstrike by bombers and fighters as well as by air transport to drop the paratroopers into battle in one of the major, post World War para drops, 250 kms deep behind enemy lines, and thus, of a necessity, the deployment of a veritable swarm of helicopters to extract the paratroopers back to safety. This required intensive combined planning and slick execution of the whole intricate operation through a Joint HQ deployed in the field.

    Unfortunately the subsequent uproar in the International media, based on allegations that this assault was a brutal attack on a refugee camp, did much to detract from the incredible victory the SADF had claimed for the paratroopers and the air force.

    Was it a refugee camp as claimed by the Third World and the Communist block, a SWAPO HQ and strategic military establishment as claimed by the RSA Government and the SADF, or a mixture of both as claimed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Were the casualties mostly combatants or were they innocent civilians? This is the only personal account ever written by somebody on the SADF side who 'was actually there' and who was the commander of the paratroopers. It also brings to light much more than this brief outline, especially the dangerous nature of the whole enterprise through personal experiences, by paratroopers and air crews, and how and why it nearly became the most disastrous undertaking of the whole 'Bush War' era through uncalled for meddling by an outsider who should not have been there.

    This rivetting account is told in nearly 640 pages replete with maps, the original pax lists (fit chutes manifests), the original handwritten opso's by Col Jan Breytenbach and over 50 colour images of the SWAPO base photographed by one of the paratroopers! This work is destined to become a reference work by which future airborne operations will be measured by.

    Standard Edition
    Limited Edition - Limited signed and numbered leatherbound collectors edition, with slipcase (250 copies only). Strictly 1st come, 1st serve basis. VERY FEW COPIES LEFT!

    Accepting pre-orders, expected dispatch date from UK - end Nov 2008 (new stock). (Southern Africa customers - if ordering 'Eagle Strike' and/or 'Ongulumbashe' only, please select cheapest P&P in CheckOut - book will be dispatched from within SA).~Select item|None|Eagle Strike (Std Edition)|X ISBN 9780620406147|Eagle Strike (LTD Edition)|X ISBN 9780620406147 LTD|~10999~12823~Cassinga Angola, Colonel Jan Breytenbach, paratroopers~
    We Fear Naught but God: The story of the SA Special Forces "The Recces" - Paul Els~The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro-rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there from the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. The original and hard-to-get, much sought after publication has been reworked with additional information, updates, corrections plus many new photographs. ~~~10999~12310~~
    We Fear Naught but God: The story of the SA Special Forces "The Recces" - Paul Els |
    Manzovo: Place of the Elephants - Gary Albyn with Craig Bone~An exquisite coffee-table fomat 107-verse poem depicting the life of a herd of elephants as they journey from Mana Pools on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The essence of the verses has been expertly captured in 200 new original paintings and illustrations by internationally renowned artist Craig Bone. Included with the book is a 30-minute audio CD read by South African actor John Whiteley.~~~10999~12419~~
    Manzovo: Place of the Elephants - Gary Albyn with Craig Bone |
    We Fear Naught but God: The Story of the South African Special Forces "The Recces" - Paul Els~1st Revised (updated) Edition, 2008/9. (Replaces the 1st Edition published by Covos Day, 2000)
    The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro-rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. Special forces operators were carefully selected and trained to gather covert strategic and tactical information about enemy activities. They learned how to observe silently, harass the enemy and destroy selected targets - all behind enemy lines. Frequently required to face great dread, they had to learn to control that fear in order to survive. This book brings the reconnaissance soldiers - the recces - to those who have wondered about what kind of men they were. Their families, their heartaches, their sufferings and achievements. These men were not assassins who eliminated spies in hotel rooms. They were responsible men who had a sense of integrity and served their country proudly.This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there from the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. The original and hard-to-get, much sought after publication has been reworked with additional information, updates, corrections plus many new photographs, many of which are being published for the first time.
    ISBN 978-0-620-41298-8. 1st (Revised) Edition. April 2009. Softback 150 x 210 x 24mm. 416 pages, 820 photos.
    Book Status: Now out of stock / print - (small print run)

    NOTE - The author is currently doing corrections to the text in this Revised Edition. It is estimated that we will receive stock of the corrected 2nd (Revised) Edition and start dispatching around early December 2009. This will also be a small print run, so get your names down to avoid disappointment!.
    (BOOK CODE - WFNBG)~~We Fear Naught but God|X ISBN 9780620412988|~10999~12821~~
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - P.Geldenhuys~Of interest to anyone who has lost a relative or close friend during the Bush War~~~10999~12747~~
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - P.Geldenhuys |
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - Prop Geldenhuys~ (Draft cover shown on left pending final design from author / publisher)
    Another book 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. 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 available:-
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - A4 Paperback, Black/White ,327 pages.
    Rhodesian War Casualties and Air Force Memorials - A5 Paperback, Black/White, 327 pages.

    Rhodesian Memorials: Rhodesian Roll of Honour - A4 Paperback, Colour, 27 pages.
    (Colour supplement to "Rhodesian War Casualties & Airforce Memorials". Contains all the photos from that book in colour.) - Black/white version. Approx 565 pages, A5 size. Price appox £20.00
    - Colour 'slimmed down' coffee table A4 sized version titled 'Rhodesian Memorials' - a companion to the Rhodesian Air Force Operations: With Air Strike Log. Approx 27 pages. Price approx £14.00
    Planned release date: late 2009/ early 2010 (delayed due to printing glitches)
    (BOOK CODE - RWC-BW, or RWC-Colour, or RWC-Both)

    NOTE: This will be a very small print run of +/-50 copies. Strictly First Come, First Serve!! Put your name down ASAP, so we may order sufficient copies.~~Select Edition||Rhodesian War Casualties - A4|X ISBN 9781920315443 A4|Rhodesian War Casualties - A5|X ISBN 9781920315443 A5|Rhodesian Memorials|X ISBN 9781920315450|~10999~12806~~
    Chaplain To The Forces - DVD~During the Rhodesian conflict the Chaplains Corps played a vital role in the life of the military and the nation. The Army Chaplain was always a welcome sight to the troops engaged in the war on terror being fought by them. The Chaplains are unusual breed - of pastor and warrior, facing conflict and danger with their men and yet bringing hope and encouragement. This is their story.
    Film clips include:-NOTE:- These DVD's are reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. They are digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not full restorations. They remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not Hollywood quality products! These DVD's are produced on DVD-R media, please make sure that your player is compatible with this format.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||Chaplain To The Forces - DVD - PAL|9475 PAL|Chaplain To The Forces - DVD - NTSC|9475 NTSC|~10999~12779~~
    Rhodesia: A Nation at War - Volume 1: The War Within - DVD~A look at the Rhodesian Conflict inside the country's borders.
    Includes the following film clips:-
    • Introduction by Lt. Genl. Peter Walls
    • Hurricane: Men Against Terror
    • Hurricane: War on Terror
    • Vigil
    • Entering a Kraal
    • War of Words
    • Firepower Demonstration
    • A Farewell to Arms
    NOTE:- These DVD's are reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. They are digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not full restorations. They remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not Hollywood quality products! These DVD's are produced on DVD-R media, please make sure that your player is compatible with this format.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||Rhodesia%3A Nation at War - Vol 1 - DVD - PAL|9487 PAL|Rhodesia%3A Nation at War - Vol 1 - DVD - NTSC|9487 NTSC|~10999~12787~~
    Rhodesia: A Nation at War - Volume 2: The War Without - DVD~A look at the Rhodesian Conflict outside of the country's borders, as waged in Mozambique.
    Includes the following film clips:-
    • The Raid on Chimoio
    • ZANU Production "Special Heroes"
    • The Nyadzonya Raid
    • ZANLA Frontline Base Camp - Chimoio area 1979
    NOTE:- These DVD's are reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. They are digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not full restorations. They remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not Hollywood quality products! These DVD's are produced on DVD-R media, please make sure that your player is compatible with this format.
    Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||Rhodesia%3A Nation at War - Vol 2 - DVD - PAL|9490 PAL|Rhodesia%3A Nation at War - Vol 2 - DVD - NTSC|9490 NTSC|~10999~12788~~
    Important Information~Due to industrial action by Royal Mail staff, UK Royal Mail postal services has been severely disrupted and long delays may occur. The main impact is mainly on deliveries to UK addresses.~~~10999~12694~~
    Soldier Blue - Paul Williams~A brilliant, captivating and deeply moving coming-of-age memoir set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian bush war of the 1970's. 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.
    "....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. ..... 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....."~~~10999~12382~~
    Soldier Blue - Paul Williams |
    Once Upon a White Man: A Memoir of War and Peace in Africa - Graham Atkins~A riveting memoir by Graham Atkins, this is a true account of an ordinary "white man" born into Africa and living through extraordinary times. The author's carefree lifestyle is replaced by the perils of face-to-face combat when he becomes entangled in the frontline of Rhodesia's vicious 1970's bush war. Wounded, he is airlifted to safety just as a deal is struck that will end white rule in Rhodesia and give birth to Zimbabwe. However, the new nation struggles to embrace democracy and before long Robert Mugabe is dragging the place back into chaos. With his homeland again in flames, Graham now races desperately to save his family from ruin. This new book provides a clear summary of Zimbabwe's history and intriguing insights into the dilemma faced by white Africans trapped between political extremes. An easy yet gripping read, it confirms that politics and violence are never far beneath the surface in Africa~~~10999~12261~~
    Once Upon a White Man: A Memoir of War and Peace in Africa - Graham Atkins |
    To the Bush and Back: A story about the last phase of the South African Border War as experienced by a junior officer of 32 Battalion - Nico van der Walt~A personal account of a young man who reported for military service with the South African Defence Force in the late 1980's. From rigorous training; life in the Caprivi, to the constant operational deployments and combat in Namibia and Angola during the last battles of South Africa's Border War - including the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.~~~10999~12339~~
    To the Bush and Back: A story about the last phase of the South African Border War as experienced by a junior officer of 32 Battalion - Nico van der Walt |
    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
    This is 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. The RLI was a veritable 'foreign legion' with over 20 diverse nationalities serving in her ranks. 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.
    *** HIGHLY RECOMMENED ***~~~10999~11646~~
    The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alexandre Binda |
    Journey Without Boundaries - Andre Diedericks~This is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man. An honestly told story of his military career, of a man who was twice decorated for valour, who pioneered and developed the concept of "small team reconnaissance" within the South African Special Forces. The author gained early experience in "small team reconnaissance" whislt with the SA's special forces '5 Recce' attached to the Rhodesian SAS as Delta Squadron, in Rhodesia 1978-79, and then went on to develop the concept further with ex-Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts members in SA. He was a consummate warrior and gentleman and has told his story with humility and a disarming sense that what he did was simply the job he was given, when even the most cursory reading will show that it was anything but simple or easy. From start to finish, his life was truly a ‘Journey without Boundaries’.~~~10999~11585~~
    Journey Without Boundaries - Andre Diedericks |
    All the Way Home: Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary - Bookey Peek~All the Way Home: Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary tells the story of Stone Hills, a wildlife sanctuary and safari lodge in the north-western Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe. Richard and Bookey Peek hadn’t planned on adopting a warthog, any more than one would plan a tidal wave or a tornado, but at Stone Hills, natural disasters have a way of happening when you least expect them. Through Zimbabwe’s darkest days, Stone Hills has become a world in itself. A place where you might share your shower with an owl. A place where a warthog relinquishes her place on the sofa to return to the wild. Engaging and delightful, this book is the intensely moving story of a wildlife sanctuary and is a testament to one family’s passion for Africa’s wildlife.~~~10999~12557~~
    All the Way Home: Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary - Bookey Peek |
    Wild Honey: More Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary - Bookey Peek~More Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary. The engaging and intensely moving story of Stone Hills, a wildlife sanctuary and safari lodge in the north-western Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe. With a touching mixture of humour and pathos, Bookey picks up again the story of Poombi, the warthog who featured so strongly in the 1st book 'All the Way Home', and introduces us to Badge, the utterly charming honey badger who took over her home and family. It also offers an insight into the compromises, heartbreaks and drama that are the ingredients of living in Zimbabwe today.~~~10999~12556~~
    Wild Honey: More Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary - Bookey Peek |
    West of the Moon: A Game Ranger at War - Ron Selley~An autobiography - a sweeping canvas that evokes a bygone era of the 1940s’ colonial Natal through to the cruel intensity of the guerrilla ‘Bush War’ that ravaged Rhodesia in the 1970s.In two distinct parts - the author's earlier years - an idyllic childhood spent roaming and hunting among the empty, rolling hills of northern Zululand; of the inaccessible St Lucia waterway; of building railway bridges into the wild interior, ..... to the sweaty cantinas and backstreets of Lourenço Marques - of a time that slipped away …The 2nd part recounts the author's move north across the Limpopo where his love of adventure, hunting and the bushveld lead him to Rhodesia. He becomes a game ranger, dealing with 'problem animals' in the farming areas and the escalating terrorist war in the Gona re Zhou National Park in the beleaguered south-eastern Lowveld of the country.~~~10999~12460~~
    West of the Moon: A Game Ranger at War - Ron Selley |
    Gallic Thunderbolt: The story of René Leclézio and Lonrho Sugar - Jerry Gosnell~Lonrho Sugar Corporation was the creation of one man, René Leclézio, Lonrho's "Gallic Thunderbolt". From its beginning in Malawi in 1965 he made it an international force in the sugar world by the time he retired in 1994. Lonrho Sugar was a rare successful multinational which always made profits; survived floods, droughts and coups and established a reputation for long term commitment to the communities in which it worked. This book is not a biography of an individual, nor is it a history of a company. It is a collection of reminiscences written by the people who were close to René and the story of the group he created, told by the men and women who were there.~~~10999~12536~~
    Gallic Thunderbolt: The story of René Leclézio and Lonrho Sugar - Jerry Gosnell |
    The Flame Lily Weeps - Dr Ross G Cooper~A unique short autobiography, which reveals the author's perspectives on the poignant issues in the country’s transition from a British colony to an independent, one-party state.It describes the life of a white Zimbabwean growing up in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe-Rhodesia and subsequently after the attainment of independence in 1980, in Zimbabwe, and, thereafter, his move and settling in the UK. It provides a comfortable, quick read, giving an insight into the build up to the political and economic anarchy that has thrown Zimbabwe into a financial abyss and that transformed the bread basket of Africa - a one time flourishing country into a land ravaged by hunger, disease and poverty.~~~10999~12527~~
    The Flame Lily Weeps - Dr Ross G Cooper |
    Dawn of Deliverance - James R Peters~Fiction - based around the battle for Zimbabwe's Honde Valley in 1977 and the Elim Mission Massacre, and written by a 3rd generation Rhodesian who served 23 years in INTAF (Ministry of Internal Affairs) & 12 years as a DC. There is a fair degree of authenticity in the story. Terrorists have seized control of the Honde Valley and the war is escalating on three fronts in the country. We learn the story of Jamie Ross, a District Commissioner, who accepts an assignment to win back the Honde. Jamie sets out a strategy to win the hearts and minds of the people by relocating them into seven protected villages. Meantime terrorist leader Josiah Makoni is taken from his village, indoctrinated as a Marxist guerilla, and then orchestrates brutal attacks against tribal leaders, white farmers and finally the massacre of 12 missionaries at Elim Mission School. With the occupation of the first of the protected villages Josiah realizes that to retain control of the Honde and its vital access routes he must first kill Jamie Ross and destroy his spirit. But, God apparently has another plan …~~~10999~12531~~
    Dawn of Deliverance - James R Peters |
    Innocent Victims: Rescuing the Stranded Animals of Zimbabwe's Farm Invasions - Catherine Buckle~Innocent Victims is the story of how Meryl Harrison rescued thousands of animals caught up in five years of the Zimbabwean land invasions, as farmers and families were forced from their homes to make way for Mugabe's 'war veterans'. Many had to leave their animals behind, and it was Meryl's mission on behalf of the under-funded ZNSPCA, to go into these destroyed farmsteads to rescue countless domestic animals and wounded livestock. All of the stories in the book are first hand accounts taken from Meryl's personal diaries. Some of the rescues are gruesome and heartbreaking but others tell of great courage, ingenuity and joyous reunions. Meryl's mission was not about people or human rights but about animals and their welfare and there was no room for race, politics or prejudice. ~~~10999~12487~~
    Innocent Victims: Rescuing the Stranded Animals of Zimbabwe's Farm Invasions - Catherine Buckle |
    Carry On Regardless: An Officer's Story - Lt Col Kevin Mulligan~The Personal Memoirs of a Citizen Force Officer in the Rand Light Infantry.
    This book gives a remarkable glimpse into the career of a dedicated senior officer of South Africa's Citizen Force. Kevin Mulligan became, at age of 31, the youngest colonel ever to have been appointed in the Rand Light Infantry Regiment. He commanded the RLI Regiment throughout the difficult years of the bush war in South West Africa / Angola.This is his story…~~~10999~12480~~
    Carry On Regardless: An Officer's Story - Lt Col Kevin Mulligan |
    At the Front: A General's Account of South Africa' Border War - Jannie Geldenhuys~General Jannie Geldenhuys is widely regarded as one of the leading military commanders South Africa has ever produced. As Chief of the South African Defence Force from 1985 to 1990 he brought his experience to bear on the South African Border War. In this completely revised and updated edition, Geldenhuys reflects on a life defined as much by a military career spanning more than four decades as it was by politics and indeed the need for peace on the African sub-continent. Rather than a blow-by-blow official history, it consists of Geldenhuys' personal experiences and insights. ~~~10999~12510~~
    At the Front: A General's Account of South Africa' Border War - Jannie Geldenhuys |
    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 in different countries from the early 20th century to the present. One of the chapters covers the Rhodesian Bush War - 'Countering the Chimurenga: The Rhodesian Counterinsurgency Campaign 1962-80', written by authoritive Dr JRT Wood. ~~~10999~12385~~
    Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare - D Marston, C Malkasian |
    Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - Louis Bothma~"...In this book we are not the heroes and the enemy the villains; but also not vice versa. After all was said and done, 32 Battalion was not a beaten force that capitulated to the enemy at the conclusion of a war. It was a unit that was disbanded by the supreme high commander of the country's armed forces - the political head of state, F.W. de Klerk . .....". It is the true story of white and black soldiers - South Africans, South-Westers (Namibians), Angolans, Australians, Britons, Rhodesians and others - who, through a combination of circumstances, landed up in the same battalion where they had to fight secretly for South Africa in a "terrorist war" beyond the country's borders. Written by a former 32 Battalion Platoon Commander, the book deals with more than just shooting. It is about who the men were, how they came to be together, what they learned from each other, and what happened in the bush; their fears and expectations, their tears and happiness, their camaraderie and loyalty towards one other. Originally published in Afrikaans in 2006, reprinted 6 times (10,000 copies sold), this book has now been up-dated, corrected, and reproduced as a English edition. *** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ***~~~10999~12303~~
    Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - Louis Bothma |
    Special Forces 'Jam Stealer' - Peet Coetzee~Streamlined with new cover, May 2009
    Peet served in the South African Defence Force for 33 years, commencing with border duties in 1968 till SADF ended its role in Namibia in 1994. Read about the first ever to be told intelligence support roles that Photo Interpreters played in SADF operations such as Savannah, Sceptic, Askari, Kropduif (Eheke) and Reindeer (Cassinga). In one way or other, Peet had insight in the majority of the cross border operations that SADF conducted in those days. The highlight of his military career was his serving 12 years in the Intelligence Support group for South African Special Forces 'Recces'. His specialised Photo Interpretation service was specifically directed in aiding the Recce's Small Team Operators planning their highly dangerous clandestine operations in enemy territories.~~~10999~11968~~
    Special Forces 'Jam Stealer' - Peet Coetzee |
    From Fledgling to Eagle: The South African Air Force in the Border War - Brigadier-General Dick Lord~The crucible of combat over 23 years forged the fledgling South African Air Force into a formidable strike weapon, capable of defeating the best Soviet air defences of the time. The book chronicles the evolution of the SAAF in the `Border War' that raged in Angola and South West Africa (Namibia), covering all the major South African Defence Force operations between 1966 to 1989 . Dick Lord, who writes in a `from the cockpit' style, has drawn on his own first-hand operational reports and diaries, incorporating anecdotes from dozens of aviators from a wide variety of squadrons - Buccaneers, Canberras, Mirages, Bosboks, C-160s and130s and helicopters. He also expands on the close relationship the SAAF had with the ground troops in a variety of operations- such units as the Parabats, Recces and Koevoet.~~~10999~12019~~
    From Fledgling to Eagle: The South African Air Force in the Border War - Brigadier-General Dick Lord |
    Vlamgat: The Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force - Brig-Gen Dick Lord~The highly sought after combat pilot's book has been reprinted !
    This book is an outstanding compilation of stories and experiences of South African Airforce Mirage pilots who operated in the Angolan and the SWA/Namibian bush wars. The author, an British Fleet Air Arm pilot who had served on most of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers and an USAAF ex-Top Gun instructor for several years, was at one time the CO of 1 Squadron (Mirages), the SAAF. A thrilling account told "from the cockpit".
    "... 'Vlamgat' is outstanding! If you have any interest in air combat this book is a must-read ... the best book I have read about the South African Air Force...' - E. Burke, Lauderhill, Florida, USA~~~10999~12020~~
    Vlamgat: The Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force - Brig-Gen Dick Lord |
    Winston Churchill: The Making of a Hero in the South African War - Eric Bolsman~One of the greatest talents that Winston Churchill was blessed with with was his extraordinary command of the English language. He would go on to write a prodigious 65 books in his lifetime. He was rewarded for this in 1953 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Yet in Britain his abilities as a writer were already widely recognised by the end of the 19th century. Yet oddly enough he had not excelled academically at school and it was only on his third attempt that he passed the entrance examination to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. This is the story of his bravery while with the British Army in South Africa as a war correspondent and as a Special Service officer for which he was much acclaimed.~~~10999~12484~~
    Winston Churchill: The Making of a Hero in the South African War - Eric Bolsman |
    Goodbye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War - Rayne Kruger~Goodbye Dolly Gray was the anthem of the South African or Anglo-Boer War. A song that for a generation of British soldiers evoked memories of the Relief of Ladysmith, the Relief of Mafeking , the Battle of Spionkop, the march on Pretoria and much more.... At the turn of the 20th century the largest army ever to have fought under the Union Jack was battling to extend the control of the British Empire over the gold fields of South Africa . Opposing them were the Boers, Afrikaans-speaking settlers who fought under the banner of anti-imperialism.~~~10999~12483~~
    Goodbye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War - Rayne Kruger |
    Really Inside BOSS: A Tale of South Africa's late Intelligence Service - PC Swanepoel~Petrus Cornelius "Piet" Swanepoel, a full time member with 32 years service, describes the origins of South Africa's National Intelligence services, the mystery surrounding the financing of the first attempts to launch an armed struggle against the National Party government, the controversial accounts of the Smit murders and the assassination of Dr Verwoerd, the role played by the CIA in the battle against apartheid and numerous other subjects. This book was initially written to counter and clarify some the things that James Sanders wrote in his 2006 book - Apartheid's Friends - The Rise and Fall of South Africa's Secret Service. Sanders appeared to have copiously made use of another book that had been written some 25 years earlier - Inside BOSS.~~~10999~12414~~
    Really Inside BOSS: A Tale of South Africa's late Intelligence Service - PC Swanepoel |
    My Mothers Kitchen was a Baobab: The Story of a Rhodesian Family - Ben Bezuidenhout~Not exactly a new book - already in its 3rd printing, 8000 copies sold. An autobiographical romance. Ben Bezuidenhout expresses with affection and deep love, the natural and human environment in which he grew up .... a narrative of courage and struggle, its ambience one of man's interaction with people and nature. Living in Southern Rhodesia, Ben's family found themselves functioning as pioneers ... farms needed development, roads had to be built, water systems established, medical facilities made available, education offered to as many as possible and the essential infrastructure of a modern state provided for all. This adventure works itself through the anecdotal reminiscence of memory. It is laced with humour, acute observation and entertaining appreciation of characters whose work-ethic became second nature.~~~10999~12400~~
    My Mothers Kitchen was a Baobab: The Story of a Rhodesian Family - Ben Bezuidenhout |
    A Brick and a Tickey High - Ben Bezuidenhout~The overwhelming success of My Mother's Kitchen was a Baobab, prompted A Brick and a Tickey High. The stories centre around the author's grandfather in the land across the Limpopo River. This is another autobiographical romance and the stories are all factual, with the book going back in time to a wilder and freer age. The campfire was the traditional meeting place in the evenings after a day's work. Many were the occasions the author, then a lad “a brick and a tickey high,” would sit with the old man round the fire and listen to these stories. Through the ensuing years there was this desire by the author to record these events of a time and an age that now no longer exists..…~~~10999~12403~~
    A Brick and a Tickey High - Ben Bezuidenhout |
    This Bleeding Piece of Earth - Ben Bezuidenhout~Fiction. This is a very readable book about Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. The story centres around two men, friends from childhood, the one becomes a wealthy mining magnate and the other President of the country, Their lives are torn apart by the bush war that engulfs the land and their friendship is sorely tested. There can really be only one solution to the problem besetting the country. The love and the passion the author has for the land of his birth is noticeable. The pages echo this yearning and feeling for its people,the animals and the environment. The battle scenes are not pleasant but then no war is pretty. ~~~10999~12406~~
    This Bleeding Piece of Earth - Ben Bezuidenhout |
    I Can't Walk Away - Ben Bezuidenhout~Fiction - book dedicated to David Stevens and to those who lost their lives during the farmer evictions.
    Terror stalks the land of Zimbabwe in 2000 during the 3rd 'Chimurenga' . The Henderson family is wiped out and their farm seized. It is left to Bradley Henderson to mourn his family, pick up the pieces and to seek answers to the brutal murders. When the answers are not forthcoming and the deeds are seen to go unpunished, he is forced to rethink and plan another way forward.~~~10999~12409~~
    I Can't Walk Away - Ben Bezuidenhout |
    Blood Sweat and Lions - David Lemon~By the author of Never Quite a Soldier: A Rhodesian Policeman's War. Adventure, pain, fear - and moments of pure magic: these are the ingredients of David Lemon's latest story about Africa. Overweight, unfit and by his own admission far too old, he set out to walk 1200 kilometres through the wild Zambezi Valley, from Kariba Heights to Binga, ignoring dire warnings about the dangers of such a venture. Exciting, poignant and fast paced, his story will bring hope and encouragement to anyone with adventure in their soul. Lemon has few equals when it comes to writing about life in the African bush, already having several books to his credit~~~10999~11802~~
    Blood Sweat and Lions - David Lemon |
    A Greater Share of Honour: The Memoirs of a Recce Officer - Jack Greef~A highly sought after Special Forces scarce book now back !
    As a young Staff Sergeant in South Africa's Special Forces 'Recces', Jack Greeff became one of the most decorated soldiers in the SADF. Leading two-man reconnaissance patrols deep into enemy held territories and operating under the noses of the enemy, they collected vital strategic information on enemy movements and installations. Using the information gathered, he led raiding parties to the targets to execute what were probably the biggest and most daring acts of sabotage in recent military history.
    Both 1st Edition mint autographed, and 2nd Edition copies available.~~~10999~11947~~
    A Greater Share of Honour: The Memoirs of a Recce Officer - Jack Greef |
    The Rhodesian War: A Military History - Paul Moorcraft~This book depicts the military history of Southern Rhodesia from the first resistance to colonial rule, through the period of UDI 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. ~~~10999~11850~~
    The Rhodesian War: A Military History - Paul Moorcraft |
    A Matter of Weeks rather than Months: The Impasse between Harold Wilson and Ian Smith: Sanctions, Aborted Settlements and War: 1965-1969 - J R T Wood~J.R.T. Wood's third definitive book on the post-Second World War history of Rhodesia chronicles the impasse between Rhodesia's Ian Smith and Britain's Harold Wilson in the years 1965-1969. This book follows the 2nd So Far and No Further!: Rhodesia's Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965, also available on this site.~~~10999~11881~~
    A Matter of Weeks rather than Months: The Impasse between Harold Wilson and Ian Smith: Sanctions, Aborted Settlements and War: 1965-1969 - J R T Wood |
    Masodja - Alexandre Binda~The history of the Rhodesian African Rifles and its forerunner the Rhodesia Native Regiment. 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.
    NB - Same author / publisher / format as the magnificent book 'The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry'~~~10999~11633~~
    Masodja - Alexandre Binda |
    Borderstrike! South Africa into Angola. 1975-1980 - Major Willem Steenkamp~When first published in 1983, it sold out almost immediately. A reconstruction of the early "external operations" of the South West African/Namibian border war between 1978 and 1980, it remains a standard reference work to this day. Out of print for many years, Borderstrike! has long been a sought-after item among those interested in African wars. Now reprinted with new information, new chapters and many new postscripts and annotations.~~~10999~11344~~
    Borderstrike! South Africa into Angola. 1975-1980 - Major Willem Steenkamp |
    Hobo Rows Kariba - D.Lemon~David Lemon rowed the length of Kariba Dam and back, in a dingy - 1000km in 63 days!~~~10999~12739~~
    Hobo Rows Kariba - D.Lemon |
    Contact 2: Struggle for Peace - Paul Moorcraft~Copied from the flyleaf
    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 the recently-named Zimbabwe. Together the two volumes constitute the most comprehensive record of the fighting forces of Rhodesia. They are poignant symbols of the country's brave and noble heritage. Yet in certain respects the tone of the sequel differs from its predecessor. This is fitting for times have changed. Yesterday is literally another country and the uncertain tomorrow beckons to this war-weary land Yet whatever the future does hold for this beautiful but hurt country readers can still pick up this book and proudly recall Rhodesia's struggle for peace.
    Sygma Books 1982. ISBN 0868760064. Large format hard cover, 208 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.

    Book - clean tight copy in excellent condition, A crisp copy. Previous owners' name on the half-title page. Corners bumped.
    Dust Jacket - Very good, protected by a Brodart.
    Inventory # D2635

    NB - this book is also listed on the open market (other websites), so order ASAP to avoid disappointment. Location - South Africa.~~Contact 2|Z ISBN 0868760064 C|~10999~12519~~
    We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - Paul Els~The story of the South African 1 Parachute Battalion ("Parabats") from inception in 1960 up to 1991. This 'Work in Progress' title includes training procedures / methods, operational stories, and many other information, such as parades, barracks, etc. So far, the page count is over 320 pages and includes more than 970 photos - the book is currently in the editing phase. It will be a limited print run of a few copies - put your name down ASAP to ensure sufficient quantities is printed!~~~10999~12686~~
    We Conquer from Above: 1 Parachute Battalion - Paul Els |
    Blue and Old Gold: The History of the BSAP 1889–1980 - Peter Gibbs~The history of the British South Africa Police~~~10999~12741~~
    Blue and Old Gold: The History of the BSAP 1889–1980 - Peter Gibbs |
    The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants - Lawrence Anthony~When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of rogue elephants on his Thula Thula reserve, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival. As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realise that they had a lot to teach him about love, loyalty, and freedom. Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere. If you love elephants, this is a highly recommended 'must read' - you won't put it down!~~~10999~12568~~
    The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants - Lawrence Anthony |
    Rhodesia Remembered DVD~At last - the 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
    The Troopie : 35 minutes
    The Nkomo Assignment : 30 minutes~~~10999~12586~~
    Rhodesia Remembered DVD |
    Corporal K-9 - Peet Coetzee~Peet Coetzee, author of Special Forces "Jam Stealer" served in the South African Defence Force Dog School between 1968 - 74. He was an instructor of this Infantry Unit and this book is a recollection of his time during that period, as well as some of the experiences of his colleagues/students operating on border patrols / reconnaissance in other countries against the SWAP0.~~~10999~11984~~
    Corporal K-9 - Peet Coetzee |
    Minus the Morning - Jennifer Armstrong~Are some people, defined by skin colour or gender, inherently good, while others are wrongheaded or even downright malicious? The journey towards self-knowledge is never to be underestimated, as it is a journey into one's own unconscious mind and that of intimate others. This is a coming of age memoir about growing up in Rhodesia shortly after UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) in November 1965 to present day Zimbabwe. ~~~10999~12437~~
    Minus the Morning - Jennifer Armstrong |
    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, american 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.~~~10999~12264~~
    Bound for Africa: Cold War Fight along the Zambezi - Douglass H. Hubbard, Jr |
    A Long Night’s Damage: Working for the Apartheid State - Col. Eugene de Kock as told to Jeremy Gordin~On 30 April 1993 Colonel Eugene de Kock was discharged from the South African Police ahead of further investigations into his activities as head of the Security Police's section C1 at the notorious Vlakplaas Farm north of Pretoria. By then the ruling National Party was engaged in a massive damage control exercise. Many officers of the Security Forces as well as De Kock himself were being eyed as possible scapegoats.As it transpired at his trial, De Kock was the government's chief assassin.
    But De Kock was not an put-of-control policeman, he was an officer acting under orders. In this book he names the men who gave him orders, what they ordered him to do and for what reasons. He lifts the curtain on a heinous period of South African history when the architects of apartheid thought that any means justified their ends.
    But Colonel Eugene de Kock is not going to lie down and say nothing. This book lays out in great detail the corruption and moral decadence that pervaded the SADF and the Police. There are still many whose crimes against humanity were just as terrible as his own. Now De Kock tells his story: the one that the politicians and the generals had been hoping would never appear.
    ISBN 0-620-22198-4 1998. Softback. 332pp; 220 X 149mm; b/w pics.

    Book condition: Clean tight copy. Back cover / corner - puppy(?) damage (partly chewed through cardboard cover only), does not affect reading. Some kinks/folds in covers.
    Book location: UK. Ensure correct shipping method is selected in Check Out.~~A Long Night%27s Damage|ISBN 0620221984A|~10999~12360~A Long Night’s Damage, Colonel Eugene de Kock, Vlakplaas Security Police C1,~
    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

    Book Condition
    - Book - Binding is tight & strong but book is spine cocked, no marks or inscriptions.
    - Dust jacket - Complete & not priceclipped, no nicks or tears, spine has aged browned slighty
    Book Location - South Africa
    (# 02414)~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|X ISBN 0620057718 H|~10999~12731~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
    Kariba into the Millennium - Colin Gillies~The construction of the Kariba Dam wall on the mighty Zambezi River bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia produced a vast man made lake and changed the region forever. This book covers the construction of the dam and the subsequent effects & developments due to the dam's creation on the shores of Kariba and Zambezi Valley over the last 40 years.~~Kariba into the Millennium|!173|~10999~1457~Kariba into the Millennium - Colin Gillies~
    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. (Their brief was "the clandestine elimination of terrorists and terrorism both within and outside of Rhodesia" which was so successfully achieved that their disbandment was a condition of the settlement.)

    The book 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-13 9780947020064, 1984. 194 pages large format, 498 predominately b/w photos.

    Book condition:
    Book - Clean tight copy. Has inscription (message from father to daughter) on first page.
    Dust Jacket - very good, small tear at bottom spine.~~Selous Scouts Pictorial|ISBN-13 9780947020064B|~10999~12540~~
    Rhodesian Special Forces books - LRDG Rhodesia, SAS Rhodesia, Selous Scouts Rhodesia - J Pittaway~The magnificent LRDG Rhodesia: Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group and SAS Rhodesia: Rhodesians and the Special Air Service books first came out in 2002/3. Both of these titles have been re-titled as well as have been extensively re-worked with a lot of new material being included.

    Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia has been reprinted and is available to order (See above on this webpage).
    Special Air Service: Rhodesia will be available to order late 2009.
    Selous Scouts: Rhodesia. An additional new title in the Special Forces series is also in the works and should be available sometime next year.

    All three books are (or will be) lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel and includes personal stories by well known men, and details gallantry citations. All the books follow a similar format and include 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. The books are softcovered, US Letter size, coffee-table quality, gloss finish, with over 400 pages, 1000 photos, and officially authorised by their respective local Associations.
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    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. OCTOBER 2009 Hardback. 640 pages 260 x 215 / 8½ x 10¼ 750 colour & b/w photos, plates, maps

    Expected dispatch early/mid Nov 2009 - RRP £45.00
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    Hobo Rows Kariba - David Lemon~Author of Blood Sweat and Lions (listed above), Two Wheels and a Tokoloshe, and Never Quite a Soldier: A Rhodesian Policeman's War.The author liked the blurb on this one. 'He had heard that no-one had ever rowed the lake before,' it said. 'So he set out to write his name into the history books.'He didn't. It was merely something he wanted to do, so off he went. It was pretty hairy at the time, but he survived and as he approached my dotage, it was nice to look back upon - particularly as it is unlikely that anyone else will ever do it. He set off from Kariba Dam in a 10ft dingy, rowed past Mlibizi on the upper reaches of Kariba and then back again, covering over 1000km in 63 days. He hit the rocks during his first storm, loosing most of his food supply and was 'shipwrecked' twice again later on in the journey. He encountered many wild animals on the way, and even got bitten on the foot by a night adder whilst on Ruzi Island.

    The much sought after 1st print is now hard to get, a reprint is now coming out in time for xmas.

    Expected dispatch late Nov 2009 - Approx £8.95
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    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. Jack Malloch was 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. 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.
    Planned release date - +/- October / November 2009
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    NOTE - If you have memories of Jack Malloch and can contribute stories, we will gladly pass onto the author. Signed Limited edition copies of Jack and his Spitfire's 'Last Moments Together' painting by William Sykes available - please let us know.~ (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'.~~10999~12667~Jack Malloch, spitfire pilot~
    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.

    Book condition
    A good clean tight copy. Light marks on cover due to usual scuffing . Page edges slightly yellowed.
    Inscribed by author - "Alastair and Norah. With all my love. Geoffrey".~~The Incredibles|ISBN 0797402330 B|~10999~12522~~
    We Fear Naught but God: The Story of the SA Special Forces "The Recces" - Paul Els~Revised (updated) Edition, 2008/9
    The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro-rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. Special forces operators were carefully selected and trained to gather covert strategic and tactical information about enemy activities. They learned how to observe silently, harass the enemy and destroy selected targets - all behind enemy lines. Frequently required to face great dread, they had to learn to control that fear in order to survive. This book brings the reconnaissance soldiers - the recces - to those who have wondered about what kind of men they were. Their families, their heartaches, their sufferings and achievements. These men were not assassins who eliminated spies in hotel rooms. They were responsible men who had a sense of integrity and served their country proudly.This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there from the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. The original and hard-to-get, much sought after publication has been reworked with additional information, updates, corrections plus many new photographs, many of which are being published for the first time.
    ISBN 978-0-620-41298-8. 1st (Revised) Edition. April 2009. Softback 150 x 210 x 24mm. 416 pages, 820 photos. Now out of stock / print - (small print run)

    NOTE - The author is currently doing corrections that has since come to light. It is estimated that we will receive stock of the revised 2nd Edition and start dispatching around early November 2009.~~We Fear Naught but God|X ISBN 9780620412988|~10999~12517~~
    We Fear Naught but God: The Story of the SA Special Forces "The Recces" - Paul Els~Updated edition, 2008/9
    The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro-rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. Special forces operators were carefully selected and trained to gather covert strategic and tactical information about enemy activities. They learned how to observe silently, harass the enemy and destroy selected targets - all behind enemy lines. Frequently required to face great dread, they had to learn to control that fear in order to survive. This book brings the reconnaissance soldiers - the recces - to those who have wondered about what kind of men they were. Their families, their heartaches, their sufferings and achievements. These men were not assassins who eliminated spies in hotel rooms. They were responsible men who had a sense of integrity and served their country proudly.This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there from the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. The original and hard-to-get, much sought after publication has been reworked with additional information, updates, corrections plus many new photographs, many of which are being published for the first time.
    ISBN 978-0-620-41298-8. 2nd (Revised) Edition. April 2009. Softback 150 x 210 x 24mm. 416 pages, 820 photos.

    Estimate dispatch from UK - end July / mid Aug 09. (SA customers - late June 09. NB - select cheapest P&P in Checkout).
    Early Bird Pre-order discount - 1st 10 copies - 28% off (as below)
    Preorder discount - next 20 copies - 20% off
    ~~We Fear Naught but God|X ISBN 9780620412988|~10999~12646~~
    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 higher postage

    Dispatch Notes: Dispatching from UK early Sept 2009. South African resident/addresses, dispatch within 1 week.
    Non South African resident/delivery addresses - if you rather not wait till Sept 2009 before your copy is dispatched, we can arrange to have your copy dispatched within 1 week, sent DIRECT to you from South Africa (Total cost will be higher). Please order this book (marked DIRECT) on its own (no other books in Order) and ensure that you select in the CHECK OUT, the correct Shipping Method for Code 'Z' items PLUS the recommended 'International Signed For' to obtain the correct P&P. Avg Surface Mail delivery to UK - 7 wks, USA, Aust. - 10 wks, Canada, NZ - 12 wks.~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


    NOTE: Due to the weight and to avoid a higher final cost to you by importing stocks here, this book will be dispatched direct to you from South Africa. If your Delivery Address is NOT an South African address, please order this book on its own and ensure that you use the correct Shipping Method for Code 'Z' items PLUS the recommended 'International Signed For' to obtain the correct P&P. (Avg Surface Mail delivery to UK - 7 wks, USA, Aust. - 10 wks, Canada, NZ - 12 wks).~Select book||Shadows in an African Twilight|X ISBN 9780620397278|Shadows in an African Twilight - Autographed|X ISBN 9780620397278 Auto|Shadows in an African Twilight - DIRECT|Z ISBN 9780620397278|Shadows in an African Twilight - Autographed - DIRECT|Z ISBN 9780620397278 Auto|~10999~12641~~
    Overstock SALE~For one week only or till stock lasts - 26/08/09 to 02/09/09. We need to prune down some 'over-stocks' to create space for new titles coming in. Look out for the SALE items on the site.~~~10999~12631~~
    Overstock SALE~~~~10999~12630~~
    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.

    Book condition
    - Very good clean tight copy. One corner of spine bumped otherwise in very good condition~~A Pride of Eagles|ISBN 0620237597A|~10999~12602~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, RAF RRAF, rhodesian pilots~
    A Greater Share of Honour: The Memoirs of a Recce Officer - Jack Greeff~The first major first person account of South African special operations written by a former Recce operator, Major Jack Greeff. As a young Staff Sergeant in the South African Special Forces Recces, Jack Greeff became one of the most decorated soldiers in the SADF. Leading two-man reconnaissance patrols deep into enemy held territories and operating under the noses of the enemy, they collected vital strategic information on enemy movements and installations. Using the information gathered, he led raiding parties to the targets to execute what were probably the biggest and most daring acts of sabotage in recent military history. The author also tells in detail how men, both black and white, trained together and fought a common enemy to create one of the most respected Special Forces units of its time. He chronicles the many operations in which he participated; from the start of his career in Operation Savannah (Angola) through to the almost catastrophic battle at Eheki (Angola) and the months spent as D Squadron Rhodesian SAS on external operations in Mozambique.

    ISBN 0620279990. 1st Edition 2001. Out of Print. Red front cover shown on Detail Page.
    ISBN13 9781920315061. 2nd revised Edition. 2008. POD publication. Cover shown on left. Softback 366 pages. Produced in 2 versions - "Colour" - 51 colour & 69 B/W photos & maps, "Black/white" - 120 B/W photos & maps .
    NOTE - see 'Special Offers' section at bottom of this page~1st Edition
    Ntomeni Publications, 2001.
    ISBN 0620279990
    Stiff Soft Cover. 150x220mm. 172pp
    Original publication (cover shown on left - now out of stock / print, very scarce collectors copy)

    Second revised Edition, produced in 2 versions (B/W photos only, Colour & B/W photos)
    JD Publishing, July 2008
    ISBN-13 978-1-920315-06-1
    Softcover, A5 size, 366 pages
    (POD print, text font size usually larger than usual)



    This is the first personal account of Recce operations during the South African bush war, by one of the top and most experienced Special Forces officers." His adventures reveal some of the most brilliantly planned and executed special operations in the history of the SADF.The stories and numerous photographs, take the reader into the world of clandestine war, African guerilla warfare and undercover operations. The author not only gives an extraordinary knowledge into the secret world of South African Defence Force special operations, but also a great knowledge of modern warfare stategies and of the great battles of the past.

    Jack Greeff's story gives a unique glimpse into the life and times of one of the very few elite warriors that we came to know as "recces". These soldiers, correctly known as 'Special Forces Operators', were truly special. Their selection was tough (arguably the toughest in the world) with a tiny percentage of those who applied making the grade. Their training was even tougher, culminating in an actual operation against the enemy so that those who were eventually able to wear the Compass Rose and Operator's badge knew that all others who did so had been through the same gruelling selection and training. Jack was already an accomplished soldier when he first attempted selection. He passed on his second attempt and finally joined this elite brotherhood. His story as related in this book chronicles the many operations in which he participated; from the start of his career in Operation Savannah through to the almost catastrophic battle at Eheki and the months spent as "D Squadron Rhodesian SAS". It also describes various strategic operations such as Amazone, Kerslig and Katiso.

    Futhermore the Author reveals from his own experiences the advantages of operating in small groups. As detailed in the book, the success of his small group was such that his group was sent to help in other countries and in other desperate situations where his group of six, by means of stealth and suprise, took on hundreds of enemy. His small band was sent to Rhodesia to help the Selous Scouts in some of the tricky operations there. Quitely in the dark and stealth of night, and quickly out by means of a helicopter the next morning was their trademark.

    The authors reference to his naming of the title of the book is most interesting. The author quotes from an adress by King Henry V to his band of demoralized soldiers on the eve of the battle of Agincourt against a Superior French force. " If we are marked to die we are enough.and if to live, the fewer men the greater share of honour" A most highly recommended book.

    Their bravery in action was awesome, and their friendship and loyalty to me a stranger in their land, matched it.
    Harry McAllion - author of Killing Zone. Former British Paras, Recce, 22 SAS, RUC.

    And though they are extraordinary proficient in the use of small arms and have conducted some of the hairiest operations in modern warfare, the Recces are far more valuable to the SADF as eyes and ears
    Capt (Ret) Larry Bailey. US Navy SEAL. Soldier of Fortune June 1993.~Select Edition||A Greater Share of Honour (2nd Edition B/W)|ISBN13 9781920315061 BW|A Greater Share of Honour (2nd Edition Colour)|X ISBN13 9781920315061 C|A Greater Share of Honour (1st Edition autographed)|ISBN 0620279990|~10999~12635~A Greater Share of Honour, Jack Greeff, South African special forces operations force Recces~
    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.

    Currently Out of Stock, awaiting delivery shortly. (Price below is pre-order discounted)~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.

    Re-stocking end May. Advertised price is discounted 'pre-order'.~Chopper Pilot|X ISBN 0958388075|~10999~11689~~
    More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~With additional features by Prof. N. D. Atkinson, G. P. L. English, and R. H. Campbell.
    This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 19 senior schools of the period 1950-1982, including two private schools which, for various reasons failed to survive the war situation in the middle seventies. Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc. It includes 480 photographs and some 7550 students and staff are named.
    The following schools appear in this history:-
    Ellis Robins School, Fort Victoria High School, Hamilton High School, Hatfield Girls' High School, Jameson High School, Lord Malvern High School, Mabelreign Girls' High School, Marandellas High School, Marymount College, Montrose Girls' High School, Mount Pleasant School, Northlea School, Oriel Boys' School, Oriel Girls' School, Roosevelt Girls' High School, St Stephen's College, Sinoia High School, Townsend High School, Vainona High School.

    Feature articles have been incorporated on Student Financing by Mr. G. P. L. English who, until recently, was responsible for this aspect of further education; on Audio Visual Services by Mr. R. H. Campbell, currently Director of this department of the Ministry of Education and Culture; and a concise but comprehensive historical summary of educational progress and development since 1914 has been added by Professor Norman Atkinson of the Depart­ment of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe. His comments are of particular interest in view of the integration and expansion programme presently under way.

    Books of Zimbabwe Publishing 1982, H/B ISBN 0 86920 260 X, Hardback 300 x 220 mm, 322 pages, 500 illus.

    Condition of this copy:
    Book - Clean tight copy. Black boards with silver lettering on spine & cover. Overall, an excellent copy
    Dust jacket - small tears and bumped edges, it has since been protected with a clear plastic cover.~~Senior Schools - Part 2 (Black board)|ISBN 086920260 XC|~10999~12521~More Rhodesian Senior Schools%3A 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren~
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    Serving Secretly - An Intelligence Chief on Record: Rhodesia into Zimbabwe, 1964-81~The Central Intelligence Organiztion (CIO) was formed in Rhodesia on the instructions of the then Prime Minister Winston Field in 1963 at the dissolution of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Ken Flower, a Deputy Commissioner of the BSAP at the time, was appointed the first head of the CIO and he went on to serve in that position for several years under Prime Ministers Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe. He writes of his life and history as Rhodesia's intelligence chief in the counter-insurgency bush war. He certainly does not 'tell all' in his book however, but he appears quite candid about the activities of CIO in both its successes and failures. Flower saw himself as non-political, though with a bias against the 'cowboy element' (his words) in the Rhodesian Front. He is credited with the creation of RENAMO, a militant anti-Communist organization in Mozambique as well as ordering the assassination of Herbert Chitepo, the then-leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union.
    John Murray Publishers, 1987. ISBN 0719544386. Hardback 352 pages.

    Book condition
    - Book - Very good clean tight copy.
    - Dust jacket. Some tiny tears at top spine, otherwise very good condition, ~Readers Review (Amazon)



    When I joined the B.S.A.P. as a raw recruit, Ken Flower was then Captain Flower so I never got to know him on a personal level. Although my stay in the Force was relatively short, I maintained contact with my colleagues, many of whom became high ranking officers, and when the problems really kicked off I was pulled back into the fray as a police reservist and became again for all intents and purposes a full time policeman. I mention this only to give background to the opinions I express.Reading the book it comes as a surpise to someone who lived through those days that Flower is ever ready to criticise end denigrate those who Rhodesians regarded as their heroes - Smithy, The Selous Scouts et al. He seems prepared always to amplify the view taken by certain elements of the British and international press rather tha those expressed by his colleagues in the security services. Typical of this is his version of the brilliantly executed raid carried out by the Selous Scouts at Nyadzonya when he echoes the view that the camp may have been mainly populated by refugees or at best a low level training camp. This, despite the fact that ZANLA documents captured in a subsequent raid showed that ZANLA's analysis of the raid was virtually identical to the account given by the Scouts. In his position Flower had to be aware of this similarity.
    I found his lauding of Mugabe in the closing chapters of the book quite sickening given that he was better placed than most to know the detail and extent of the atrocities sanctioned by Mugabe.There ia another aspect. I know that senior members of the Rhodesian Special Branch believed that Flower had acted as an agent for British Intelligence and I believe that this book lends credence to that belief.
    BunduBill 23/11/08





    Ken Flower had some English (Cornish) southern African roots, because his father was, he says "a parson", who did hold livings in Salisbury (now "Harare") and elsewhere sometime after WW1. Flower himself was brought up in Cornwall in the 1920's (he says little of this period of his life) became a Customs officer (the Board said he was the first Cornishman to apply for 500 years!) for three years, was turned down for a post as a trapper in Canada, but succeeded in applying for a cadet training position with the BSAP (British South Africa Police), which was in fact the name of the Rhodesian police service until 1980. The harsh training did not break him and he became a mounted officer, serving both in Rhodesia and then, from 1940, for a year or two, in the Ogaden (Ethiopia/Somalia) and Somaliland (now Somalia). As Magistrate, he sentenced (to death, presumably, though he does not say) a number of the Somali youths who brutally massacred 40 Italian civilians when they realized Italian rule was over. He then returned to Rhodesia, eventually becoming Deputy Commissioner of the BSAP. In 1964 he was appointed head of the Rhodesian Secret Service, the CIO (Central Intelligence Organization), which at the time did not exist! He had to build it despite having no idea about modern Intelligence techniques and methods (or recuitment, for that matter).

    Such is the effect of a high "Intelligence" appointment on someone that, by the time of UDI (independence) in 1966, he was laughing at Intelligence "amateurs" and calling his SIS and CIA contacts his "colleagues"...In a way, it was an odd appointment for Ian Smith's Rhodesia Front government to continue: Flower does not conceal that he was no supporter of the RF though he says he tries to be "politically neutral". One wonders, though, whether that is possible in a situation where a country of a couple of hundred thousand white European people is fighting for survival against internal and external threats funded by the Soviet Union and Cuba and where the ratio of Europeans to black Africans was 1:20 (later, greater).

    One looks in vain in this book for interesting tales of well-placed agents, or intelligence stunts and coups. Of them have we none...instead, we have a lot of bureaucratic-political discussion at the top level of Rhodesian affairs and a lot of criticism of those who were actually fighting and having, on occasion, huge successes against the tide of African insurgency across the borders. Colonel Ron Reid Daly of the Selous Scouts comes in for some venom, as do the Scouts themselves. Yet they were a vital part of trying to stop the insurgency. Flower thought that political moves were the way forward and was key to the arrangements made for semi-enfranchisement of the Africans. He arranged for people like Bishop Muzorewa and the "Reverend" Ndabaningi Sithole (whose name was a gift to the satirists, of course!) to receive large disbursements in cash (Sithole went with Flower to Marrakesh so that Sithole could meet the King of Morocco and receive a million dollars US; it seems that the CIA was behind this). Yet in the end, the point was that the military struggle would decide the end, though the British managed to broker the deal in 1979 whereby "elections" of sorts were held and (thanks to his thousands of commissars in the rural areas) Mugabe won. We all now know the results.

    I have to say that Flower does not strike me as a very good Intelligence chief: apart from learning from scratch, he seems a bit naive to say the least: British Intelligence is an "honest broker" he says...What?! And he also (sort of) trusts the CIA. He evidently thinks that the Africans would eventually take over (and thinks this right--- why? just because they are more numerous?).

    It has to be said that right through the bush war, there were indications that there were leaks from the top of the combined operations staff, enabling major targets to escape, notably Joshua Nkomo. Flower denies that he was a "traitor", but what does that mean? Was Canaris a "traitor"? A grey area, a moot point. It does seem to me that the Intelligence people in Rhodesia could have done more, though they obviously did more than Flowers details here (which is a pity). For example, there is no mention of the famous suborning of a Downing Street girl clerk in one of Harold Wilson's periods of UK government. Why no stories of this kind? The book would have been a lot more interesting. And I do wonder at his criticism of the successful raids into Zambia and Mozambique, carried out from 1977-1979 by the Selous Scouts, Rhodesian SAS and Rhodesian Light Infantry. Those people (including the many female soldiers/terrorists of ZIPRA and ZANLA) were legitimate targets. He seems to think not and is uninterested by the fact that dozens of prisoners of the terrorists were rescued from a lingering African-style death).

    Flower cuts a poor figure in the photos here, looking like a bit like the Israeli prime minister Shamir. He says that he forgot his jackets when flying to Teheran to see the Shah, but that the Shah was "understanding". Nice to see that the rather petit bourgeois reputation of the Rhodesians was kept up lol!

    The book ends with the author's hopes that Mugabe and Zimbabwe (and, in its turn, South Africa) would go forward to some kind of bright future under African rule. How can someone who lived in Africa for half a century be that naive? No answer...
    Ian R Millard - 25/07/08

    ~Serving Secretly|ISBN 0719544386 A|~10999~12470~~
    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 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 702 pages, book is heavy - 1kg+, hence higher postage)

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    ISBN 978-0-620-39727-8
    Soft cover, 240mm x 170mm
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    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


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    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. (Their brief was "the clandestine elimination of terrorists and terrorism both within and outside of Rhodesia" which was so successfully achieved that their disbandment was a condition of the settlement.)

    The book 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-13 9780947020064, 1984. 194 pages large format, 498 predominately b/w photos.

    Book condition:
    Book - Clean tight copy, no marks, tears etc. As if unread.
    Dust Jacket - very good, protected with clear mylar plastic sleeve. no tears.~~Selous Scouts Pictorial|ISBN-13 9780947020064A|~10999~12279~~
    Coming soon - new additions, pre-order notifications~~~~10999~12308~~
    Jack Malloch: Rhodesian Spitfire Pilot - Alan Brough~The incredible story of Jack Malloch, best 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.~~~10999~12316~~
    Jack Malloch: Rhodesian Spitfire Pilot - Alan Brough |
    Mercenary Invasion of the Seychelles: The Aborted Indian Ocean Island Raid Led by Former Congo Mercenary Mike Hoare - A Brookes & G Linscott~Rhodesian Aubrey Brooks, a member of the Grey Scouts and later the elite Selous Scouts, was choosen by legendary Colonel Mike Hoare, to be one of the three section leaders in the abortive coup attempt - tells of his story of the operation that went wrong the moment they landed on the island. He talks of the preparation, the firefight in the terminal building, days of evasion, capture, tortures, and years of imprisonment....~~~10999~12321~~
    Mercenary Invasion of the Seychelles: The Aborted Indian Ocean Island Raid Led by Former Congo Mercenary Mike Hoare - A Brookes & G Linscott |
    Neall Ellis: Mercenary and Helicopter Gunship Pilot - J Mitchell~Former South African Air Force pilot who saw plently of action since 1970s onwards - Neall Ellis is the best known mercenary combat aviator alive. Flew Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, .... fought in the Balkan War, tried to resuscitate Mobutu Sese Seko's ailing air force in the final days in the Congo, flew Russian Mi-8s for Executive Outcomes (Angola etc), and for Colonel Tim Spicer in Sierra Leone ..... as well as flew ageing Russian Mi-24s in a war against Foday Sankoh's RUF rebels in Sierra Leone .....~~~10999~12322~~
    Neall Ellis: Mercenary and Helicopter Gunship Pilot - J Mitchell |
    Barrel of a Gun: Misspent Moments in Combat - Al J Venter~Al Venter has been a military correspondent for four decades. He has reported on wars, civil insurrections, guerrilla conflicts, coup d’etats, army mutinies and other conflagrations on four continents and is still doing it, all the while actually being there in the thick of it.~~~10999~12323~~
    Barrel of a Gun: Misspent Moments in Combat - Al J Venter |
    South Africa's Border Wars: A Retropective Evaluation of Southern African Conflicts - Willem Steenkamp~Conflict was as much an ingredient of the status quo during South Africa's apartheid era as racially-dominated politics. At its worst, it extended over a region as vast as Western Europe and involved not only Angola, Zambia, Mocambique and Rhodesia, but just about all the other countries south of the equator, including Tanzania, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and, to a lesser extent, Malawi and Congo - countries involved in providing moral and material support to guerrilla groups. ~~~10999~12324~~
    Battles of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 - Ken Gillings~~~~10999~12333~~
    Dive South Africa - Al J Venter & John H Visser~~~~10999~12336~~
    Diving with Sharks: Close up in the Milieu of the Oceanic Predator - Al J Venter~~~~10999~12334~~
    Rhodesian Parachute Training School 1961-1982 - P Garratt~(Title not confirmed - 'title' above is what book is about)~~~10999~12338~~
    Rhodesian Special Forces books - SAS Rhodesia, LRDG Rhodesia, Selous Scouts Rhodesia - J Pittaway~The magnificent LRDG Rhodesia: Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group and SAS Rhodesia: Rhodesians and the Special Air Service books first came out in 2002/3. Both of these titles have been renamed as well as have been extensively re-worked with a lot of new material being included.Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia has been reprinted and is available to order. Special Air Service: Rhodesia and a new title in the series - Selous Scouts: Rhodesia is due out late 2009.~~~10999~12501~~
    Rhodesian Special Forces books - SAS Rhodesia, LRDG Rhodesia, Selous Scouts Rhodesia - J Pittaway |
    The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe - Rose Ridgen~A magnificently detailed and illustrated map of Zimbabwe by renowned artist Rose Ridgen~~~10999~12309~~
    The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe - Rose Ridgen |
    Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
    593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

    Book condition
    - Book - Hardback 2000. Very good clean tight copy.
    - Dust jacket - very good.~~Pamwe Chete (HB 2000)|ISBN 0620237562 b|~10999~12290~~
    Contact 2: Struggle for Peace- Paul Moorcraft~Copied from the flyleaf
    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 the recently-named Zimbabwe. Together the two volumes constitute the most comprehensive record of the fighting forces of Rhodesia. They are poignant symbols of the country's brave and noble heritage. Yet in certain respects the tone of the sequel differs from its predecessor. This is fitting for times have changed. Yesterday is literally another country and the uncertain tomorrow beckons to this war-weary land Yet whatever the future does hold for this beautiful but hurt country readers can still pick up this book and proudly recall Rhodesia's struggle for peace.
    Sygma Books 1982. ISBN 0868760064. Large format hard cover, 208 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.

    Book - clean tight copy in excellent condition. The boards are slightly rubbed.
    Dust Jacket - No Dust Jacket
    Inventory # 954f

    NB - this book is also listed on the open market (other websites), so order ASAP to avoid disappointment. Location - South Africa~~Contact 2|Z ISBN 0868760064 B|~10999~12518~~
    Contact: 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.
    Large format hard cover, 240 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.
    1st published by Galaxie Press 1977
    Reprinted by Khenty Press 1978, 1982 .

    Galaxie Press 1977. Book condition:
    Book - book has been re-bound, 'background' photos on inside board covers missing, replaced with plain sheet paper.. Various markings on board covers, due to not having a dust-jacket, part of cloth covering on boards slightly frayed - edge wear.
    Dust Jacket - no dustjacket. Photo on the left is NOT of the actual book.~~Contact 1|ISBN 0869250531A|~10999~12348~~
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    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

    Condition - Book - Mint, unread copy. Dust jacket, bright & very good condition, no marks.~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 C|~10999~12345~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
    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' by the same authors. (see below)
    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.~~Britain%27s Rebel Air Force|ISBN 1902304055|~10999~11270~~
    More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~With additional features by Prof. N. D. Atkinson, G. P. L. English, and R. H. Campbell.
    This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 19 senior schools of the period 1950-1982, including two private schools which, for various reasons failed to survive the war situation in the middle seventies. Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc. It includes 480 photographs and some 7550 students and staff are named.
    The following schools appear in this history:-
    Ellis Robins School, Fort Victoria High School, Hamilton High School, Hatfield Girls' High School, Jameson High School, Lord Malvern High School, Mabelreign Girls' High School, Marandellas High School, Marymount College, Montrose Girls' High School, Mount Pleasant School, Northlea School, Oriel Boys' School, Oriel Girls' School, Roosevelt Girls' High School, St Stephen's College, Sinoia High School, Townsend High School, Vainona High School.

    Feature articles have been incorporated on Student Financing by Mr. G. P. L. English who, until recently, was responsible for this aspect of further education; on Audio Visual Services by Mr. R. H. Campbell, currently Director of this department of the Ministry of Education and Culture; and a concise but comprehensive historical summary of educational progress and development since 1914 has been added by Professor Norman Atkinson of the Depart­ment of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe. His comments are of particular interest in view of the integration and expansion programme presently under way.

    Books of Zimbabwe Publishing 1982, H/B ISBN 0 86920 260 X, Hardback 300 x 220 mm, 322 pages, 500 illus.

    Condition of this copy: Book - Clean tight copy. Dark blue boards, with silver lettering on front and spine. Dust jacket - 2cm tear at top front, small tears along edges, edge wear.~~Senior Schools - Part 2 (Blue Board)|ISBN 086920260 XA|~10999~12251~More Rhodesian Senior Schools%3A 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren~
    More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~With additional features by Prof. N. D. Atkinson, G. P. L. English, and R. H. Campbell.
    This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 19 senior schools of the period 1950-1982, including two private schools which, for various reasons failed to survive the war situation in the middle seventies. Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc. It includes 480 photographs and some 7550 students and staff are named.
    The following schools appear in this history:-
    Ellis Robins School, Fort Victoria High School, Hamilton High School, Hatfield Girls' High School, Jameson High School, Lord Malvern High School, Mabelreign Girls' High School, Marandellas High School, Marymount College, Montrose Girls' High School, Mount Pleasant School, Northlea School, Oriel Boys' School, Oriel Girls' School, Roosevelt Girls' High School, St Stephen's College, Sinoia High School, Townsend High School, Vainona High School.

    Feature articles have been incorporated on Student Financing by Mr. G. P. L. English who, until recently, was responsible for this aspect of further education; on Audio Visual Services by Mr. R. H. Campbell, currently Director of this department of the Ministry of Education and Culture; and a concise but comprehensive historical summary of educational progress and development since 1914 has been added by Professor Norman Atkinson of the Depart­ment of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe. His comments are of particular interest in view of the integration and expansion programme presently under way.

    Books of Zimbabwe Publishing 1982, H/B ISBN 0 86920 260 X, Hardback 300 x 220 mm, 322 pages, 500 illus.

    Condition of this copy:
    Book - Clean tight copy. Grey boards with gold lettering on spine.
    Dust jacket - 2cm tear at top front, small tears along edges, edge wear.~~Senior Schools - Part 2 (Grey board)|ISBN 086920260 XB|~10999~12280~More Rhodesian Senior Schools%3A 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren~
    Contact 2: Struggle for Peace- Paul Moorcraft~Copied from the flyleaf
    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 the recently-named Zimbabwe. Together the two volumes constitute the most comprehensive record of the fighting forces of Rhodesia. They are poignant symbols of the country's brave and noble heritage. Yet in certain respects the tone of the sequel differs from its predecessor. This is fitting for times have changed. Yesterday is literally another country and the uncertain tomorrow beckons to this war-weary land Yet whatever the future does hold for this beautiful but hurt country readers can still pick up this book and proudly recall Rhodesia's struggle for peace.
    Sygma Books 1981. ISBN 0868760064. Large format hard cover, 208 pages, Numerous b/w photos, illustrations & maps throughout.

    Book - clean tight copy in excellent condition. Previous owner's name stamped on page edges, bookseller's book number and price stamped on front page.
    Dust Jacket - 2, 1cm tears on front and 2, 1cm tear at back.~~Contact 2|ISBN 0868760064 A|~10999~12474~~
    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

    Condition - Book - Mint, unread copy. Dust jacket, very good condition, no marks.~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 E|~10999~12452~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
    We Fear Naught but God: The Story of the SA Special Forces "The Recces" - Paul Els~Updated edition, 2008/9
    The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro-rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. Special forces operators were carefully selected and trained to gather covert strategic and tactical information about enemy activities. They learned how to observe silently, harass the enemy and destroy selected targets - all behind enemy lines. Frequently required to face great dread, they had to learn to control that fear in order to survive. This book brings the reconnaissance soldiers - the recces - to those who have wondered about what kind of men they were. Their families, their heartaches, their sufferings and achievements. These men were not assassins who eliminated spies in hotel rooms. They were responsible men who had a sense of integrity and served their country proudly.This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there from the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. The original and hard-to-get, much sought after publication has been reworked with additional information, updates, corrections plus many new photographs, many of which are being published for the first time.
    2nd (Revised) Edition. April 2009. 416 pages, 820 photos.

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    How South Africa Built Six Atom Bombs: And then Abandoned its Nuclear Weapons Program - Al J Venter~This is a definitive account of how a maverick government was able to secretly develop and test atom bombs. South Africa - then still dominated by Pretoria's apartheid-orientated regime achieved that objective within six years - or roughly half the time it took Pakistan to test its first nuclear weapon. More salient, it did so with only a fraction of the number of scientists, technicians and specialists involved in other nuclear programs, such as those of India, Pakistan and North Korea: there were never more than a half-dozen nuclear physicists involved in the actual weaponization of the South African bombs.~~~10999~11962~~
    How South Africa Built Six Atom Bombs: And then Abandoned its Nuclear Weapons Program - Al J Venter |
    How South Africa Built Six Atom Bombs: And Then Abandoned its Nuclear Weapons Program - AJ Venter~This is a definitive account of how a maverick government was able to secretly develop and test atom bombs. South Africa - then still dominated by Pretoria's apartheid-orientated regime achieved that objective within six years - or roughly half the time it took Pakistan to test its first nuclear weapon. More salient, it did so with only a fraction of the number of scientists, technicians and specialists involved in other nuclear programs, such as those of India, Pakistan and North Korea: there were never more than a half-dozen nuclear physicists involved in the actual weaponization of the South African bombs. The same analogy holds for the medium range intercontinental missile program that South Africa launched with strong Israeli help. Before it was abruptly terminated by Washington, Pretoria managed to launch at least one of its RSA-3 missiles into the South Indian Ocean landing within a few hundred metres of its designated target. With Israeli involvement - this cooperation that dated back to the early 1970s, even had a plan in the works for a satellite launch. Al Venter argues that if a small country like South Africa could achieve so much - while using limited human resources drawn from its five or six million whites - then it is axiomatic that other countries - or radical political groups - will ultimately be able to do the same. Al-Qaeda has already signalled its intention in a series of web-based nuclear weapons lectures, with examples of this trend. It is also significant that Dr Mohammed AlBaradei, head of Vienna's International Atomic Energy Agency, said in 2007 that it was of grave concern that there were currently more than 30 countries involved in nuclear matters, quite a few of them clandestinely.
    ISBN 9780981409849. Ashanti 2008. Softback 238 pages, 85 illustrations, sketches, diagrams, photos, cutaways etc
    ~~How South Africa Built Six Atom Bombs|ISBN 9780981409849|~10999~12513~atom bomb~
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    A Long Night’s Damage: Working for the Apartheid State - Col. Eugene de Kock as told to Jeremy Gordin~On 30 April 1993 Colonel Eugene de Kock was discharged from the South African Police ahead of further investigations into his activities as head of the Security Police's section C1 at the notorious Vlakplaas Farm north of Pretoria. By then the ruling National Party was engaged in a massive damage control exercise. Many officers of the Security Forces as well as De Kock himself were being eyed as possible scapegoats.As it transpired at his trial, De Kock was the government's chief assassin.
    But De Kock was not an put-of-control policeman, he was an officer acting under orders. In this book he names the men who gave him orders, what they ordered him to do and for what reasons. He lifts the curtain on a heinous period of South African history when the architects of apartheid thought that any means justified their ends.
    But Colonel Eugene de Kock is not going to lie down and say nothing. This book lays out in great detail the corruption and moral decadence that pervaded the SADF and the Police. There are still many whose crimes against humanity were just as terrible as his own. Now De Kock tells his story: the one that the politicians and the generals had been hoping would never appear.
    ISBN 0-620-22198-4 1998. Softback. 332pp; 220 X 149mm; b/w pics.

    Book condition: A near fine copy in the original thin card pictorial wrappers as issued, light wear to corners else a clean tight copy.

    Location: Book currently in South Africa - on open market (is not reserved). SA Residents - if ordering just this book in your book order, select the cheapest P&P option.~~A Long Night%27s Damage|ISBN 0620221984C|~10999~12392~A Long Night’s Damage, Colonel Eugene de Kock, Vlakplaas Security Police C1,~
    Rhodesian Special Forces books - SAS Rhodesia, LRDG Rhodesia, Selous Scouts Rhodesia - J Pittaway~The magnificent LRDG Rhodesia: Rhodesians in the Long Range Desert Group and SAS Rhodesia: Rhodesians and the Special Air Service books first came out in 2002/3. Both of these titles have been renamed as well as have been extensively re-worked with a lot of new material being included.
    Long Range Desert Group: Rhodesia has been reprinted and is available to order (See above).
    The publication of Special Air Service: Rhodesia has been delayed and this new title should be available late 2009. An additional new title in the series - Selous Scouts: Rhodesia is also in the works and should also be available late 2009.

    All three books are lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel and includes personal stories by well known men, and details gallantry citations. All the books follow a similar format and include 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. The books are softcovered, US Letter size, coffee-table quality, gloss finish, with over 400 pages, 1000 photos, and are officially authorised by their respective local Associations.
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    ~~~10999~12306~~
    Counter-strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fire Force in the War in the Bush 1974–1980 - JRT Wood with C Cocks~The story behind the development of the militarily acclaimed Rhodesian Fireforce concept.~~~10999~12313~~
    Counter-strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fire Force in the War in the Bush 1974–1980 - JRT Wood with C Cocks |
    Counter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fire Force in the War in the Bush 1974–1980 - JRT Wood & C Cocks~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.
    +/- 256 pages & 45-minute DVD 192 x 135mm 5 x 7¾ , 100 colour & b/w photos, maps, diagrams.
    Planned release date - +/- May 2009.
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    ~~~10999~12498~~
    Rhodesian Special Forces books - SAS Rhodesia, LRDG Rhodesia, Selous Scouts Rhodesia - J Pittaway~Long Range Desert Group Rhodesia has just been reprinted - available to order (See above). Special Air Service Rhodesia should be available +/- May 2009. Both books have been extensively re-worked and a lot of new material has been added, since the magnificent books first came out back in 2002/3. A new title - Selous Scouts Rhodesia has been produced and should be available +/- May 2009. All three books are lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen photos of operations & personnel and includes personal stories by well known men, and details gallantry citations. All the books follow a similar format and include 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. The books are softcovered, US Letter size, coffee-table quality, gloss finish, with over 400 pages, 1000 photos, and are officially authorised by their respective local Associations.
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    A Portrait Of Military Aviation In South Africa - Ron Belling~This book feature aviation art by the late Ron Belling. Various subjects are well illustrated and documented, making this an invaluable resource for the modeller and aviation enthusiast. Not only SAAF subjects are illustrated but many other military subjects which appeared in the Southern Africa skies, over the years. Many regard Ron Belling as one of the best aviation artists ever.
    Struikhof Publishers, 1989. Hardback, coffee table format, 160 pages.

    2nd hand copy in very good condition. Dust jacket has some small tears, otherwise is in good condition.~~A Portrait Of Military Aviation In South Africa|ISBN 9780947458140|~10999~12423~~
    We Had Two Jobs - Rob 'Ralpapajan' Thurman~By the author of The Merchants of Chaos and Half a Century in Uniform: The Life story of Group Captain OD Penton OLM AFC - both available on this website.
    This little book of memories shows how the part-time Army, Police and Air Force members led their lives whilst not on call-up during the Rhodesian Bush War. Towards the latter part of the war, to counter manpower shortages, those who had completed their compulsory 18 months National Service then became part of the 'Territorial Army' and was required to do 6 week call-up stints at regular intervals. This meant during a year, one would spend up to a third of their time in the bush and the rest of the time back home in their civilian jobs.
    2009. Softback, 54 pages.~~We had two Jobs - Rob %27Ralpapajan%27 Thurman|9283|~10999~12453~~
    We Had Two Jobs - Rob 'Ralpapajan' Thurman~This little book of memories shows how the part-time Army, Police and Air Force members led their lives whilst not on military call-up during the Rhodesian Bush War. The author reminiscences his life in Rhodesia and his job as a Fire and Accident Inspector with the Prudential Assurance Company during the late 1970's. This book will appeal to ex-Rhodesians to invoke those memories!~~~10999~12455~~
    We Had Two Jobs - Rob 'Ralpapajan' Thurman |
    Tatenda: Reminiscences of the Zimbabwe Bush - Anne Moore~The author served a life time career as a National Parks Warden in various National Parks spanning the time when the country was known as Rhodesia through to Zimbabwe. She has presented a series of interesting short stories reminiscencing her experiences in the wild bush. The book also includes colour photographs of places, people and wildlife. Contributions from the sale of this book will go towards 'Tatenda', the orphaned Black Rhino, in Imire.
    (This publication should not be confused with another recent publication of the same name by a different author)~~~10999~11987~~
    Tatenda: Reminiscences of the Zimbabwe Bush - Anne Moore |
    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. ~~A Pride of Eagles|ISBN 0620237597|~10999~1475~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, RAF RRAF, rhodesian pilots~
    West of the Moon: A Game Ranger at War - Ron Selley~An autobiography - From colonial serene northern Zululand to guerrilla warfare in the Gona re Zhou of Rhodesia - a vast panorama of southern Africa.~~~10999~12320~~
    West of the Moon: A Game Ranger at War - Ron Selley |
    West of the Moon: A Game Ranger at War - Ron Selley~A sweeping canvas that evokes a bygone era of the 1940s’ colonial Natal through to the cruel intensity of the ‘Bush War’ that ravaged Rhodesia in the 1970s. In two distinct parts - the author’s earlier years - an idyllic childhood spent roaming and hunting among the empty, rolling hills of northern Zululand; of the inaccessible St Lucia waterway; of building railway bridges into the wild interior, ..... to the sweaty cantinas and backstreets of Lourenço Marques - of a time that slipped away …The 2nd part recounts the author’s move north across the Limpopo where his love of adventure, hunting and the bushveld lead him to Rhodesia. He becomes a game ranger, dealing with ‘problem animals’ in the farming areas and the escalating terrorist war in the Gona re Zhou National Park in the beleaguered south-eastern Lowveld of the country......
    Softback. +/- 384 pages 234 x 153mm 6 x 9
    Planned release date - Apr 2009
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    ~~~10999~12319~~
    19 with a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola - Granger Korff~A fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff’s two years’ service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African Border Wars.~~~10999~12317~~
    19 with a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola - Granger Korff |
    19 with a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola - Granger Korff~A fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff’s two years’ service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African ‘bush war’ in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the ‘standard’ counter-insurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defence Force (SADF) conventional cross-border operations, such as Protea, Daisy and Carnation, into Angola to take on FAPLA (Angolan MPLA troops) and their Cuban and Soviet allies.
    Softback, approx 352 pages 234 x 153mm 6 x 9, approx 75 colour & b/w photos, 2 maps.
    Planned release date - March 2009
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    ~~~10999~12318~~
    Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts - Lt Col Reid-Daly~Translated from the Shona,"Pamwe Chete" literally means "Together Only!" or "All together!". This simple phrase captures the essence of the legend of the Selous Scouts a highly knit, multiracial unit, unique in its own time and ahead of its own time.With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of pseudo counter-insurgency operations during the bitter Rhodesian bush war.
    593 pp. Illustrated with 150 b/w photographs. Maps & sketches.

    Book condition - Book - Hardback 2000. Very good clean tight copy. Dust jacket - very good, with one very small nick near top spine.~~Pamwe Chete (HB 2000)|ISBN 0620237562 a|~10999~12289~~
    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

    Condition - Book - Very good book with spotting to page edges and light marking to the boards. Dust jacket, in good condition, but with light scuffing and a one inch tear (repaired).~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 E|~10999~12451~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0620 06674 1 3rd Edition 1983. PAPERBACK. 751 pages

    Condition - Book - fair condition, pages suntanned. Clean and tightly bound.~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 D|~10999~12450~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0 620 05771 8. 2nd Edition 1982. Hardback. 431 pages

    Condition - Book - Near mint, unread copy. Dust jacket, very good condition, no marks.~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Hardback)|ISBN 0620057718 D|~10999~12370~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
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    Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins~The personal experiences and exploits of Monster Wilkins, who was regarded as the South African Air Force’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.~~~10999~11681~~
    Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins |
    Ongulumbashe: Where the Bushwar began - Paul Els~By the author of South Africa's Special Forces Recces 'We Fear Naught but God'. This eyewitness account is a must for the serious collector and researcher of the revolutionary wars in Southern Africa. This book describes the first clash that took place between elements of the South African police, army and air force on the one side and Swapo's PLAN soldiers on the other side. The book also describes how members of the Security Branch of the SA Police infiltrated the area as employees of PASCO, ostensibly a private company. All this action leads to the arrest and conviction of several terrorists. This humble operation "Blouwildebeest" leads to a bitter and sophisticated war in South Western Africa including Angola.~~~10999~11896~~
    Ongulumbashe: Where the Bushwar began - Paul Els |
    Manzovo: Place of the Elephants - Gary Albyn with Craig Bone~An exquisite coffe-table fomat 107-verse poem depicting the life of a herd of elephants as they journey from Mana Pools on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The essence of the verses has been expertly captured in 200 new original paintings and illustrations by internationally renowned artist Craig Bone. Included with the book is a 30-minute audio CD read by South African actor John Whiteley.~~~10999~11959~~
    Manzovo: Place of the Elephants - Gary Albyn with Craig Bone |
    Operation Miracle: Three Bold Airmen - Prop Geldenhuys~ Operation Miracle, one of the last major operations during the final stages of the Rhodesian bush war took place in Mozambique has a fascinating story. From an Air Force perspective, the book is a sincere tribute to three bold airmen, who were killed in action on 3 October 1979. They lie in unmarked graves, only God knows where. Two soldiers were killed on Day 1 of Operation Miracle - their bodies were repatriated and given decent burials. The aircrew - Hunter pilot Brian Gordon, and Canberra crew Kevin Peinke and JJ Strydom (SAAF navigator on secondment) were killed on Day 5, after most of the ground troops had withdrawn from the battle field. Two months later, the ceasefire was declared, followed four months later with a change of Government. This new Zimbabwean government was not interested in recovering the aircrew (bodies) who had paid the supreme sacrifice in the defense of their country. Also, nobody knew exactly where the two planes had crashed ...…~~~10999~12149~~
    Operation Miracle: Three Bold Airmen - Prop Geldenhuys |
    White Farmer, Black Warrior: A Friendship Out of Tune in Zimbabwe - Norman Madawo~“I believe ownership of land is a people’s right but disagree on the way that the redistribution exercise was implemented in my beloved country Zimbabwe. In this fictional piece, I bring forth the criminal element of the exercise that unfortunately became the face of it, and effectively discredited the need for land redistribution. I also bring forth the issue of broken relationships between whites and blacks, and blacks against blacks due to the land redistribution exercise and the emergency of an opposition force in Zimbabwe. I, like many other Zimbabweans, am praying and hoping that Zimbabwe will turn around economically, politically, spiritually and leave this sad chapter in our history behind us”. - Author~The ownership of land, everywhere in the world is an identity and heritage that no human being, regardless of color,should be denied. Thus the war of liberation in Zimbabwe was fought not only to gain independence from the white colonialists but to gain economic independence through the ownership of land.

    Twenty years after independence, the land was still in the hands of the minority white farmers; while the black majority lived like squatters in a country they called their own.

    Both black and white agreed on the need for the redistribution of the land, how to do so was always going to be a contentious issue, until the black warriors of the war of independence took it upon themselves to confront the issue, inevitably opening up the old wounds of the old war, and in some way, forcing the nation to tackle the land issue that had eluded the government for over twenty years.

    However noble the idea of land redistribution was, the criminal elements, in the War Veterans Association, the government, and Service Chiefs, who hijacked the exercise, totally discredited it as they went on a violent, murderous campaign that destroyed a long established, viable economic mainstay of the country and the evidence is there for all to see today as the nation that was once the breadbasket of the region has become a begging basket case.

    For Zuze, a feared War Veteran of the old war, and Mike, a white farmer, their friendship was now out of tune as they both had to fight against each other for their interest, THE LAND.

    This is a story of their since childhood friendship, now being torn apart in the wake of the land war in Zimbabwe.~White Farmer, Black Warrior%3A A Friendship Out of Tune in Zimbabwe|9260|~10999~12430~~
    New publications - in stock shortly~~~~10999~12394~~
    Upcoming publications (Scheduled 1st quarter 2009, or later / no release date yet set)~~~~10999~12223~~
    I Can't Walk Away - Ben Bezuidenhout~When Robert Mugabe instigated the third chimurenga (war) at the turn of the century, he unleashed thousands of war veterans onto the white farmlands in Zimbabwe and had the farmers evicted. During the course of this 'war' eleven farmers were killed. Many of them suffered indescribable torture and mutilation before dying. The killers of one farmer, David Stevens, drank his blood after torturing him to death. To date no one has been brought before a court of law in that country to account for the murders.
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    ~~~10999~12396~~
    This Bleeding Piece of Earth - Ben Bezuidenhout~This is a very readable book about Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. The story centres around two men, friends from childhood, the one becomes a wealthy mining magnate and the other President of the country, Their lives are torn apart by the bush war that engulfs the land and their friendship is sorely tested. There can really be only one solution to the problem besetting the country. The love and the passion the author has for the land of his birth is noticeable. The pages echo this yearning and feeling for its people,the animals and the environment. The battle scenes are not pleasant but then no war is pretty.
    Private publication, 2003. 107 pages.
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    ~~~10999~12395~~
    A Brick and a Tickey High - Ben Bezuidenhout~The overwhelming success of My Mother's Kitchen was a Baobab, prompted A Brick and a Tickey High. The stories centre around the author's grandfather in the land across the Limpopo River. This is another autobiographical romance and the stories are all factual, with the book going back in time to a wilder and freer age. The campfire was the traditional meeting place in the evenings after a day's work. Many were the occasions the author, then a lad “a brick and a tickey high,” would sit with the old man round the fire and listen to these stories. Through the ensuing years there was this desire by the author to record these events of a time and an age that now no longer exists.....
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    My Mothers Kitchen was a Baobab: The Story of a Rhodesian Family - Ben Bezuidenhout~Not exactly a new book - already in its 3rd printing, 8000 copies sold. An autobiographical romance. Ben Bezuidenhout expresses with affection and deep love, the natural and human environment in which he grew up .... a narrative of courage and struggle, its ambience one of man's interaction with people and nature. Living in Southern Rhodesia, Ben's family found themselves functioning as pioneers ... farms needed development, roads had to be built, water systems established, medical facilities made available, education offered to as many as possible and the essential infrastructure of a modern state provided for all. This adventure works itself through the anecdotal reminiscence of memory. It is laced with humour, acute observation and entertaining appreciation of characters whose work-ethic became second nature.Private publication, 2003. 121 pages.
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    Parabat - Matthew Paul~The highly sought after scarce book has now been reprinted!
    This book offers the reader a personalised history of the adventures of those men in the South African Defence Force who used to be known as the Parabats. Their experiences are recorded in three historical ‘war epochs’ - the border wars in Southern Africa, the township wars, and finally, the military intervention in Lesotho. In the course of countless interviews with the author, these men relate their experiences in their own words. Though every effort has been made to verify the details provided in various accounts, this does not pretend to be an official history.~~~10999~11965~~
    Parabat - Matthew Paul |
    NOTE - Delays in receiving shipments of some outstanding stock~26/12/08 - Lately there have been very long delays in receiving stock from authors/publishers in South Africa, possibly due to backlogs in SA Customs checking every outgoing parcel / shipment ! The most recent shipment, took almost double the usual time to get here. Unfortunately, Tracking Numbers do not give indications as to when the stock can be expected. Long overdue titles expected any day now are:- 'Buffalo Battalion' & 'Op Miracle'.~~~10999~12386~~
    Mugabe: Teacher, Revolutionary, Tyrant - Andrew Norman~How the 'Jewel of Africa' has been laid to waste - and why. In the year 2000, Nelson Mandela referred to those African leaders who '...... once commanded liberation armies and... despise the very people who put them in power and think its a privilege to be there for eternity... Everybody knows well who I am talking about......' The situation in Zimbabwe is far, far worse today than it was then; her people brutalised, disenfranchised, starved. In this book Andrew Norman describes the awful processes at work - and offers a cogent explanation for Mugabe's wilful destruction of his own country.~~~10999~12291~~
    Mugabe: Teacher, Revolutionary, Tyrant - Andrew Norman |
    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. 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.~~~10999~11842~~
    Delta Scout: Ground Coverage Operator - Anthony Trethowan |
    The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe - Rose Ridgen~By the artist of "Meet the Rhodesians", "The Whenwe's of Rhodesia" and the "Wildside" collection cartoon books.The original but out of print The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe that was first produced more than 10 years ago has been 're-discovered' and is due to be re-printed! This it is truly a magnificently detailed and illustrated map which took the artist 7 months to complete. The map is a large A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) and is due to be printed sometime this year (no definite date yet) with a recommended retail price around £7.00-£10.00 excluding P&P.
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    ~~~10999~12302~The Incredible Map of Zimbabwe~
    We Fear Naught but God - Paul Els~Updated edition
    The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro-rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there from the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. The original and hard-to-get, much sought after publication is currently being reworked with more information, updates, corrections and many new photographs. The publication of this new edition is now planned late this year / early next year.
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    ~~~10999~11683~Recces~
    Jack Malloch: Tango Romeo: The Life and Times - Alan Brough~ (Title not finalised, 'cover' is not the book, just a picture & painting pending the offical cover design)
    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. Jack Malloch was 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. 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.

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    ~~~10999~11934~Jack Malloch, spitfire pilot~
    Ops Medic: A National Serviceman’s Border War - Steven Webb~As a recent British immigrant Steven Webb was exempt from the compulsory two-year call-up for National Service that all white South African males faced when they turned 18. Despite this, he volunteered for National Service in July 1984. The author writes of his experiences during his South African army's National Service basics in the SAMS Depot Potchefstroom to training as an ops medic in Pretoria and from there to the Angolan-South West African border where a counter-insurgency war had been raging for many years. Published for the first time is the SADF’s Roll of Honour which lists almost 2,500 of its honoured dead, killed on active service, and the complete Roll of the SADF’s Honoris Crux awards for bravery.~~~10999~11868~~
    Ops Medic: A National Serviceman’s Border War - Steven Webb |
    Dinner with Mugabe - Heidi Holland~This penetrating, timely portrait of Robert Mugabe is the psycho-biography of a man whose once-brilliant career has ruined Zimbabwe and cast shame on the African continent. Heidi Holland's tireless investigation begins with her having dinner with Mugabe, the freedom fighter, and ends in a searching interview with Zimbabwe's president more than 30 years later. The author charts Mugabe's gradual self-destruction, and uncovers the complicity of some of the most respectable international players in the Zimbabwe tragedy. ~~~10999~11923~~
    Dinner with Mugabe - Heidi Holland |
    Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - Louis Bothma~"...In this book we are not the heroes and the enemy the villains; but also not vice versa. After all was said and done, 32 Battalion was not a beaten force that capitulated to the enemy at the conclusion of a war. It was a unit that was disbanded by the supreme high commander of the country's armed forces - the political head of state, F.W. de Klerk . .....". It is the true story of white and black soldiers - South Africans, South-Westers (Namibians), Angolans, Australians, Britons, Rhodesians and others - who, through a combination of circumstances, landed up in the same battalion where they had to fight secretly for South Africa in a "terrorist war" beyond the country's borders. The book deals with more than just shooting. It is about who the men were, how they came to be together, what they learned from each other, and what happened in the bush; their fears and expectations, their tears and happiness, their camaraderie and loyalty towards one other.Originally published in Afrikaans in 2006, reprinted 6 times (10,000 copies sold), this book has now been up-dated, corrected, and reproduced as a English edition. Softcover with 450 pages with many photos in colour.
    "This book may be seen as a watershed contribution to the so-called Border War literature that, until now, has been dominated by journalists and writers with questionable motives" - Abel Esterhuyse of Militaria (SA Military Academy).
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    ~~~10999~11639~buffalo battalion~
    Altered States - Frank Nunes~The memoirs of Frank Nunes recording his time in the South African Army during the 1980s. We follow his adventures through his two years National Service as he tries to get into the Parabats, then gets sent to 8 South African Infantry (8 SAI) and to the Border.
    "Life is full of change, either small personal changes or at times large unpredicted changes that seem to occur outside of our control. The important element in this, is the way in which we react and then deal with each of these when we meet them. This will not only determine the final outcome, but also have a lasting effect on your life moving forward. The mind interprets these forces and reactions to form an 'Altered State', something that human's are capable of recalling at will as a memory or a feeling of Deja Vu. From these events we learn hopefully that we need to leave that experience in the past but at the same time learn from it. Use it in the present and build a new way forward. In my own life, conscription was not a choice, and I only got through it by using humour as a coping tool. At the same time for me it was a life changing event that taught to me how to accept responsibility, to value team work, camaraderie , trust, and that antaganism, violence and war are not good fixes to lifes problems. True forgiveness and the ability to work together on a common goal is paramount to success. By the same token, humour and having fun throughout life is just as important, and presents itself everywhere, but one has to look for it to find it.. The military is full of humourous anecdotes and situations. I hope this book allows you to cope with your own Altered States and enable to stand back and if possible get through it with a more positive outcome."
    ISBN: 978-1-9201-6942-8, April 2008. Paperback 338 pages.
    Two editions available - B/W photos/drawings, Colour photos/drawings.~The memoirs of Frank Nunes record his time in the South African Army during the 1980s. We follow his adventures through his two years National Service as he tries to get into the Parabats, then gets sent to 8 SAI and to the Border.

    From the Author:

    "…Of the several 'altered states' experienced in my life, the events pertinent to this personal reflection occurred throughout the duration of my two year period as a military conscript, in mandatory National Service in South Africa.

    Sure, the military genre is not everyone's topic of choice, but this book concentrates more on the life changing experiences during my training. For those who feel they are not well versed in military doctrine, it is actually a tradition more than an institution. The military instils in one the character traits of obedience, honour, bravery, pride and comradeship by applying rules, uniformity and leadership. This system creates an environment which is capable of producing experiences that are extremely boring and staid one minute and full of adrenaline-pumping physical activity the next.

    It has the ability to take one's emotional barometer from a negative reading one instant, to an overpoweringly positive emotional experience the next. At times, as impossible as this may seem, the army was even capable of producing a feeling of no emotion whatsoever, a state of numbness which is difficult to imagine unless one has experienced it.

    There is a second intentional and more literal meaning in this title too. Whilst serving on the border, we always referred to home, South Africa, as 'The States', which at the time was also undergoing its own changes in our absence. Mostly these changes took shape in respect to politics, crime, business, financial markets and the increasing international pressures on the Apartheid policies of the day.

    The essence of ALTERED STATES is the message that we have the ability to accept change and to ensure a positive outcome. I survived military service by using humour as a tool, even though at times circumstances were dire and life threatening. Most ex servicemen I have spoken to readily agree that at the time of service they found it tough, some hated the daily regime while others were more accepting. But collectively they strongly concur that they cannot let go of the powerful memories, feelings of camaraderie, shared purpose and friendships made during their years of service."



    An extract from the book

    "One evening at 101 Battalion base, we went off to the camp canteen which was packed solid. In the corner was an old television set mounted on a wall bracket and a newly acquired video machine. They were showing a music video marathon, a very rare treat and the attendance was outstanding.

    In fact we could not find space to fit into the canteen, so we sat outside smoking and watching through an open window. The VCR must have been brand spanking new because everyone seemed to have a go at fiddling to get the manual tracking right. Eventually someone came to the rescue, stopped the sporadic slipping of the picture and the night of pop videos commenced and continued into the wee hours. It is so much simpler these days with digital DVD equipment, it just works!

    Well the same tape must have been played several times in succession. In particular I remember the Blondie clip 'The Tide is High' and Ultravox with 'Vienna.'

    The video evening was escapism at its very best. As for our day job, after patrol duty, we would to retreat to the closest base for dinner, a shower and a hard army bed. I think mostly it was about sourcing a hot meal, but on some occasions we were denied entry and were forced to rough it in the bush. Either way we would spend a lot of time making small talk, cracking jokes, listening to music when we had batteries for the tape cassette player or at times rereading the latest letter or two. There was also a lot of time allocated to daydreaming and philosophising. I distinctly remember dissecting every lyric, every guitar riff and tune from Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' album. I was trying to find its true meaning, which was eventually and instantly revealed when I watched the music video several years later. But had I arrived at the same conclusion anyhow.

    Everyone also wanted their own bit of quiet time, spending 24 hours a day with the same group of people, especially out of wedlock, can become taxing. Each of us had our own preference regarding singular recreation. Carl would sit under a bush and smoke, while writing poetry or drawing pictures in his little notebook. Most took lots of snoozes. In order to develop ideas on prospective careers, I used this time to rotate and talk to the guys who had come from working jobs, or those in apprenticeships. I was still undecided on my future plans….."


    And another extract......

    "….Leave pass was always good for a number of reasons, namely: no queues, no communal bathrooms, excellent home cooked meals, a comfortable bed and matching pillows, a real towel, hot water, no 2.4 km morning run, real soap, shampoo, no bluestone, real cutlery and crockery, soft toilet paper, friends, family and an undoubtedly positive reception. There was all this to look forward to, even though every time I got home, less of my clothing fitted me. Apart from my trusty, bright red, Adidas tracksuit top, this had stretched two sizes bigger in the wash. What a bargain! At the end of the leave period I got dad to drop me off at Johannesburg train station and caught the pre-arranged bus ride back to Upington.

    The ride back was always tedious and every town we passed took us that much further from our homes and closer to the camp. People talked, laughed, boozed, ate and slept. By the time we reached Upington, we were all in agreement that thankfully the sitting was over. Once back at barracks, we exchanged leave stories as the rest of the troops trickled in slowly from around the country. The men who were already parents seemed to be missing their kid's youth and watching them grow. It must have been particularly tough on them. All said and done, the next day was going to be just another day in the army, and things were going to be done the army way, there really was no option."~Select Item|None|Altered States (B/W)|ISBN-13 9781920169428|Altered States (Colour)|ISBN-13 9781920169428 colour|~10999~12286~south african army, parabats 8 SAI~
    Rhodesians Never Die: The Impact of War and Political Change on White Rhodesia, 1970-1980 - Peter Godwin~This is a new edition of Peter Godwin and Ian Hancock's account of the final death throes of white Rhodesia. With the Zimbabwe elections and economic crisis constantly in the news at the moment, this book provides a background history to the white Rhodesian experience of and reaction to independence and addresses the question: To what extent did white resistance to majority rule contribute to the present disaster? Both authors are well-known, Ian Hancock is a academic specializing in the field of modern political history and Peter Godwin is an journalist and author of "Mukiwa" and "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun". A new foreword contextualizes the book and its relevance for today.This book tells the story of how White Rhodesians, three-quarters of whom were ill-prepared for revolutionary change, reacted to the "terrorist" war and the onset of black rule in the 1970s. It is a lively and accessible account, based on careful archival research and numerous personal interviews. The authors have a rather critical view of Ian Smith and Rhodesia's 'way of life', painting him as an extremist when he was not.
    ISBN-13: 978-1770100701 Sept 2008. Softback, 400 pages.~~Rhodesians Never Die|ISBN-13 9781770100701|~10999~12265~~
    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.
    " .... 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.
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    Once Upon a White Man: A Memoir of War and Peace in Africa - Graham Atkins~A riveting memoir by Graham Atkins, this is a true account of an ordinary "white man" born into Africa and living through extraordinary times. The author's carefree lifestyle is replaced by the perils of face-to-face combat when he becomes entangled in the frontline of Rhodesia's vicious 1970's bush war. Wounded, he is airlifted to safety just as a deal is struck that will end white rule in Rhodesia and give birth to Zimbabwe. However, the new nation struggles to embrace democracy and before long Robert Mugabe is dragging the place back into chaos. With his homeland again in flames, Graham now races desperately to save his family from ruin. This book provides a clear summary of Zimbabwe's history and intriguing insights into the dilemma faced by white Africans trapped between political extremes. An easy yet gripping read, it confirms that politics and violence are never far beneath the surface in Africa
    "...'Makorokoto' for a job well done. I could comment at length on your insights and how well you've put them into words, but I'll leave it as a simple 'thank you' - I thoroughly enjoyed it and still have a tear in my eye as I type" - Brian, Darwin
    "This is an important story - not just as an eyewitness account of recent events in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, but also because it will touch the hearts of many who read it." - Louis, Perth
    "As someone living outside Africa, this is the first time I've really understood what happened inside Rhodesia and Zimbabwe. The political history in this book is fascinating." - Sarah, Perth

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    No Mean Soldier - The autobiography of a Professional fighting man by 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; 240 X 162mm; 16pp b/w pics.

    ISBN 0304356840 Softback~292pp; 240 X 162mm; 16 b/w pics.
    ISBN 0304356840 Softback


    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.
    ~No Mean Soldier (S/B)|ISBN 0304356840|No Mean Soldier (H/B)|ISBN 1857972503|~10999~4848~No Mean Soldier - The autobiography of a Professional fighting man by Peter McAleese~

    Selous Scouts: Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff~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, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. 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.
    16 pp b/w photos and illustrations
    ISBN 0 620 06674 1. Paperback. 752pages
    ISBN 0 620 05771 8. Hardback 431 pages

    Few copies available on hand, in various conditions.~~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War (Paperback)|ISBN 0620066741|~10999~1486~Selous Scouts%3A Top Secret War - Lt-Col Ron Reid Daly, as told to Peter Stiff, rhodesian special forces, psuedo-terrorist unit,~
    A Long Night’s Damage: Working for the Apartheid State - Col. Eugene de Kock as told to Jeremy Gordin~On 30 April 1993 Colonel Eugene de Kock was discharged from the South African Police ahead of further investigations into his activities as head of the Security Police's section C1 at the notorious Vlakplaas Farm north of Pretoria. By then the ruling National Party was engaged in a massive damage control exercise. Many officers of the Security Forces as well as De Kock himself were being eyed as possible scapegoats.As it transpired at his trial, De Kock was the government's chief assassin.
    But De Kock was not an put-of-control policeman, he was an officer acting under orders. In this book he names the men who gave him orders, what they ordered him to do and for what reasons. He lifts the curtain on a heinous period of South African history when the architects of apartheid thought that any means justified their ends.
    But Colonel Eugene de Kock is not going to lie down and say nothing. This book lays out in great detail the corruption and moral decadence that pervaded the SADF and the Police. There are still many whose crimes against humanity were just as terrible as his own. Now De Kock tells his story: the one that the politicians and the generals had been hoping would never appear.
    ISBN 0-620-22198-4 Softback. 332pp; 220 X 149mm; b/w pics.
    ~~A Long Night%27s Damage|ISBN 0620221984|~10999~1494~A Long Night’s Damage, Colonel Eugene de Kock, Vlakplaas Security Police C1,~
    Some Senior Renowed Senior Schools 1892-1979 (Part 1) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~Introduction by I. H. Grant and features by G. H. Tanser, A. H. Siemers, W. D. Gale and R J. Challis, 1981.
    This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 23 senior schools and those who passed through them over a period spanning more than eighty years. Some 9 000 names, including Rolls of Honour for three wars, and over 500 photographs give it tremendous human interest.
    The following schools appear in this history:-
    Allan Wilson School,Arundel School, Chaplin School, Chisipite Senior School, Churchill School, Dominican Convent HighSchool Bulawayo, Dominican Convent HighSchool Salisbury, Eveline High School, Falcon College, Founders High School, Gifford High School, Girls' High School Salisbury, Guinea Fowl School, Milton High School,Peterhouse, Plumtree School, Prince Edward School, Queen Elizabeth School, St, George's College, St, Peter's Diocesan School, Umtali High School,Umtali Boys' High School, Umtali Girls' High School.

    Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc.There are also illustrated articles on The Rhodesian Schools' Exploration Society, The Young Scientists' Exhi­bitions and the Beit and Rhodes Trusts, all Rhodes Scholars from former Rhodesian schools being mentioned. An historical survey, entitled The Foundations of the Edu­cational System 1892-1914, sets the scene of the early days.
    ISBN 0 86920 200 6. 300 x 220 mm, xviii, 346 pp., 502 illus.~~Some Senior Renowed Senior Schools (Part 1)|ISBN 0869202006|~10999~12005~~
    More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~With additional features by Prof. N. D. Atkinson, G. P. L. English, and R. H. Campbell.
    This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 19 senior schools of the period 1950-1982, including two private schools which, for various reasons failed to survive the war situation in the middle seventies. Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc. It includes 480 photographs and some 7550 students and staff are named.
    The following schools appear in this history:-
    Ellis Robins School, Fort Victoria High School, Hamilton High School, Hatfield Girls' High School, Jameson High School, Lord Malvern High School, Mabelreign Girls' High School, Marandellas High School, Marymount College, Montrose Girls' Hi¢h School, Mount Pleasant School, Northlea School, Oriel Boys' School, Oriel Girls' School, RooseveltGirls' High School, St Stephen's College, ginoia High School, Townsend High School, Vainona High School.

    Feature articles have been incorporated on Student Financing by Mr. G. P. L. English who, until recently, was responsible for this aspect of further education; on Audio Visual Services by Mr. R. H. Campbell, currently Director of this department of the Ministry of Education and Culture; and a concise but comprehensive historical summary of educational progress and development since 1914 has been added by Professor Norman Atkinson of the Depart­ment of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe. His comments are of particular interest in view of the integration and expansion programme presently under way.

    Books of Zimbabwe Publishing 1982, H/B ISBN 0 86920 260 X, Hardback 300 x 220 mm, 322 pages, 500 illus.~~More Rhodesian Senior Schools - Part 2|ISBN 086920260 X|More Rhodesian Senior Schools - Part 2|C ISBN 086920260 X|~10999~12006~More Rhodesian Senior Schools%3A 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren~
    The Elite Pictorial: Rhodesian Special Air Service - Barbara Cole~A pictorial sequel account of the best-selling book 'The Elite' 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.
    Out of Print, scarce - hard to get. Few good second hand copies available, prices vary according to condition, autographed (y/n) & inscriptions.~~The Elite Pictorial|ISBN 0620093765|~10999~12222~~
    Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds - Eeben Barlow~Eeben Barlow, a former lieutenant-colonel in the Permanent Force of the South African Defence Force, served in the Engineer Corp, the Reconnaissance Wing of the elite 32-Battalion, Military Intelligence and in the shadowy Civil Co-operation Bureau division of Special Forces. When the government arbitrarily disbanded the CCB, Barlow found himself on the street. Taking advantage of his exceptional military skills he formed Executive Outcomes, a private security company - a model on which all Private Military Companies (PMCs) operating in Iraq and Afghanistan are based on.~~~10999~11575~~
    Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds - Eeben Barlow |
    I Flew for Savimbi - Simon Van Garderen~In this entertaining autobiographical account, veteran South African pilot Simon Van Garderen recalls his days as a bush pilot during the 1980s and 90s, flying the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa on secret missions for a clandestine air transport company dubbed 'Savimbi Air' by its employees. A former SAAF jet fighter pilot, Simon had retired from military flying when he secured a job with Pasload Flights - a supposedly civilian air transport company operating from Wonderboom airport in Pretoria, South Africa. It was, in reality, a covert operation of the South African government of the day, set up to secretly assist the UNITA terrorists in Angola, led by Dr Jonas Savimbi, who were waging a protracted civil war against the Communist-backed MPLA.~~~10999~11716~~
    I Flew for Savimbi - Simon Van Garderen |
    Of Land and Spirits - Alan Thrush~This novel is set during the five years of Rhodesian bush war leading up to the birth of Zimbabwe. Although fictional, it was written by an officer in the Rhodesian African Rifles who saw service in all operational areas and was decorated for gallantry. The result is that there is much authenticity in it. Both sides involved in the bush war are catered for.
    * Highly * * * Recommended * * *~~~10999~11727~~
    Of Land and Spirits - Alan Thrush |
    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 decided him to join the elite Police Support Unit, The Black Boots, which comprised 12 companies of fighting policemen, most of them black. Lemon fought through numerous engagements and contacts until the war ended with the elections in 1980 that brought Robert Mugabe to power. After the war, he was involved in suppressing the conflict between ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas around Bulawayo and witnessed the effects of the campaign of genocide against Ndebele civilians by Mugabe's North Korean trained 5 Brigade. This book contains important information as well as photographs regarding this genocide that saw the deaths of 15 000 to 30 000 people.~~~10999~11728~~
    Never Quite a Soldier: A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982 - David Lemon |
    Vlamgat - Brigadier Dick Lord~The sequel to Fire, Flood and Ice, this is an outstanding compilation of stories and experiences of South African Airforce Mirage pilots who operated in the Angolan and the SWA/Namibian bush wars. The author, an British Fleet Air Arm pilot who had served on most of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers and an USAAF ex-Top Gun instructor for several years, was at one time the CO of 1 Squadron (Mirages), the SAAF. A thrilling account told "from the cockpit". Vlamgat is the Afrikaans term for endearment for the SA jet-fighter pilots. Literally translated as "flaming hole", it aptly describes the panache, skill and daring of the Mirage pilots who were the vanguard of South Africa's air effort in the last days of the Cold War. Their actions against the Russian MiG's over the skies of Angola are now legendary.
    ISBN 0 620 24116 0 Hardcover. Size - 228x155mm, 380 pages, 55 colour pics, 169 b/w photographs.~~Vlamgat|ISBN 0620241160|~10999~12022~vlamgat, South African Airforce Mirage pilots SAAF, SAAF F1 Mirage squadron SWA Angola south african pilot aviator aviation~
    More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren~This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 19 senior schools of the period 1950-1982, including two private schools which, for various reasons failed to survive the war situation in the middle seventies. Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc. It includes 480 photographs and some 7550 students and staff are named.

    ISBN- 0 86920 260 X, Books of Zimbabwe Publishing 1982, H/B~~More Rhodesian Senior Schools|C ISBN 086920260 X|~10999~1459~More Rhodesian Senior Schools%3A 1950-1982 (Part 2) - IP MacLaren~
    From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980 - Gerald Horne~America's ambivalent role in an African liberation struggle. In November 1965, lan Smith's white minority government in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) made a unilateral declaration of independence, breaking with Great Britain. With a European population of a few hundred thousand dominating an African majority of several million, Smith's declaration sparked an escalating guerrilla war that claimed thousands of lives. Across the Atlantic, President Lyndon B. Johnson nervously watched events in Rhodesia, fearing that racial conflict abroad could inflame racial discord at home. Although Washington officially voiced concerns over human rights violations, an attitude of tolerance generally marked U.S. relations with the Rhodesian government: sanctions were imposed but not strictly enforced, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of American mercenaries joined white Rhodesia's side in battle with little to fear from U.S. laws. Despite such tacit U.S. support, Smith's regime fell in 1980, and the independent state of Zimbabwe was born.The first comprehensive account of American involvement in the war against Zimbabwe, this compelling work also explores how USA's relationship with Rhodesia shaped interracial dynarnics in the United States, and vice versa.
    ISBN-13: 978-0807849033. 2006. Paperback 400 pages.~~From the Barrel of a Gun%3A The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980 - Gerald Horne|ISBN-13 9780807849033|~10999~11991~USA rhodesia~
    Bitter Harvest: The Great Betrayal and the Dreadful Aftermath - Ian Smith~Updated edition of Ian Smith's bestselling The Great Betrayal.
    Ian Smith, Rhodesia's former Prime Minister, is a man with the ability to excite powerful emotions in all who hear his name. To those who revere him he is a hero, a mighty leader, a man whose formidable integrity led him into head-to-head confrontation with the Labour Government of Britain in the 1960s.To others he is a demon. In his revealing autobiography Ian Smith himself tells the truth about his remarkable political career. His historic Declaration of Independence in 1965 and the excesses of the Mugabe dictatorship that succeeded him.
    'When I look back over what had happened to our country [Rhodesia] over the past 20 years, it would be easy for me to simply say:"I told you so," ' said Ian Smith in the foreword to his book. It is all clearly laid down in the pages of this book. As Mugabe told him on the day they won the election in March 1980: 'We cannot get over how fortunate we are inheriting this jewel of Africa, with its expertise, professionalism, technological know-how, infrastructure, the bread basket of Central Africa, and the skilled technicians who keep the wheels running.' He had it all at his fingertips. ........Today it is a total disaster, absolute chaos indeed anarchy.
    435pp; 233 X 153mm; 16pp b/w pics
    ISBN 1868421090 Softback, 2001. Out of Stock / Print. (See new 2008 edition below)
    ISBN 1903402050 Hardback, 2001, 2nd Edition - very few copies left ~~Bitter Harvest (Hardback)|ISBN 1903402050|Bitter Harvest (Softback)|ISBN 1868421090|~10999~1450~Bitter Harvest - The Great Betrayal and the Dreadful Aftermath by Ian Smith~
    Corporal K-9 - Peet Coetzee~Peet Coetzee, author of Special Forces "Jam Stealer" served in the South African Defence Force Dog School between 1968 - 74. He was an instructor of this Infantry Unit and this book is a recollection of his time during that period, as well as some of the experiences of his colleagues/students operating on border patrols / reconnaissance in other countries against the SWAP0.
    Format - Paperback 160 pages, 220 photos (some in colour).
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    Special Forces "Jam Stealer" - Peet Coetzee~Peet served in the SADF for 33 years, commencing with border duties in 1968 till SADF ended its role in Namibia in 1994. Read about this first ever to be told intelligence support role that he filled, earning him a place to serve with South Africa's elite special forces - The Recces. Discover the role that Photo Interpreters played in SADF Operations such as Savannah, Sceptic, Askari, Kropduif (Eheke) and Reindeer (Cassinga). In one way or other, he had insight in the majority of the cross border operations that SADF conducted in those days. The highlight of his military career was his serving 12 years in the Intelligence Support group for South African Special Forces Recces. His specialised Photo Interpretation service was specifically directed in aiding the Recce's Small Team Operators. 424 pages, 450 colour and b/w photos.
    (STO's is covered in two Recce books "A Greater Share of Honour" & "A Journey without Boundaries" - both mention Peet himself and both books are also available on this website)
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    ~~~10999~11958~Recces, photo interpreter intelligence~
    Parabat - Matthew Paul~Personal accounts of paratroopers in combat situations in South Africa's history. In order to obtain a balanced and fair account, the author interviewed paratroopers of all races. It is also an account of how the exploits of the South African airborne family are seen by the men on the ground. The experiences have been recorded directly as were related to the author, with no changes or apologies- the swearing, the torture, the emotions, the turmoil, the killings and the humour. These are the accounts of the paratrooper family from the war in Angola in the 80s to the various township wars in the 90s, as well as South Africa's intervention in Lesotho in 1998. These are the accounts of personal bravery - some are horrific.
    ISBN 1 919874 11 9 Softcover. Size - 222x152mm, 450 pages, over 200 b/w & f/c photos, maps, diagrams. ~~Parabat|ISBN 1919874119|~10999~1506~South African airborne combat paratroopers,~
    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. The 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.~~~10999~11726~~
    Rhodesian Air Force Operations: With Air Strike Log - Prop Geldenhuys |
    Altered States - Frank Nunes~The memoirs of Frank Nunes recording his time in the South African Army during the 1980s. We follow his adventures through his two years National Service as he tries to get into the Parabats, then gets sent to 8 SAI and to the Border.~~~10999~11883~~
    Altered States - Frank Nunes |
    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~~~10999~11758~~
    Half a Century in Uniform: The Life story of Group Captain OD Penton OLM AFC - Rob 'Ralpapajan' Thurman |
    'The Saints - RLI' book Launch DVD~The publishers of The Saints - The Rhodesian Light Infantry launched their well produced RLI regimental history book last year at a grand event held at the Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, London. 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.~~~10999~11713~~
    'The Saints - RLI' book Launch DVD |
    Wildside 4: Golf on the Wildside - Rose Ridgen~Absolutely brilliant cartoons ... Wildlife artist Rose Rigden shows her wry sense of humour in the transposed relations between 'animals and us' - 100 full color pages of all the funny things that can and sometimes do happen on wild African golf courses. Ideal as gifts too.~~~10999~11619~~
    Wildside 4: Golf on the Wildside - Rose Ridgen |
    Lost in Africa - Stu Taylor~‘Lost in Africa’ is a colloquialism from the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI), meaning ‘a state of bewilderment or cluelessness’, which Stu Taylor uses to describe his disjointed life. Raised in Southern Rhodesia to nomadic parents, Taylor’s early years were unsettled as he was shuffled from school to school during the 1950s. He signed on in 1967 with the RLI and served with that crack airborne unit for thirteen years. In 1980 he demobbed and slid into Civvy Street, at times an easy, and at times, a difficult transition, as he tried to find his place in the newly independent Zimbabwe. Again, in the late 1990s, he found himself on the ‘front line’—this time in the security business, desperately facing off against Mugabe’s ‘war veterans’ in their notorious land-grab campaign of farm invasions. Ultimately homeless, stateless and jobless, Taylor never gives up. This is his remarkable story.~~~10999~11582~~
    Lost in Africa - Stu Taylor |
    The Last Safari: A Season of Discovery in Zimbabwe - Bruce VanBuskirk~This is the true story of an American hunter, Bruce VanBuskirk, who spent the 2001 season living a dream, working on safari in Zimbabwe. Full of fascinating characters, adventure and excitement, it also deals truthfully with the hard lessons learned about the future of hunting in Africa. This is a day by day description of the events, places and people who make the safari industry work in Zimbabwe. You'll travel the bush with the author, getting to know the professional hunters and clients, company employees, local villagers, and learn just how much work it takes to run a safari operation in a third world country. Fuel shortages, poaching, war vets seizing property, broken rifles, snakes, charging elephants, and wounded buffalo were all in a day's work. This is a rare look at the behind the scenes efforts to make a client's dreams come true. This deluxe paperback features non stop action, observations on the current political situation in Zimbabwe, as well as the stories of citizens forced to deal with the realities of life in Africa.~~~10999~11614~~
    The Last Safari: A Season of Discovery in Zimbabwe - Bruce VanBuskirk |
    Out of Action - Chris Cocks~The sequel to the best-selling Fireforce - One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry.
    Out of Action spans the period 1979 to 1995. Set in two parts, the first covers the last 15 months of the Rhodesian bush war during 1979/80 whilst the author was serving in the Rhodesian PATU (Police Anti Terrorist Unit). The second part covers the author's clumsy attempts to deal with civilian life in the newly independent, black African state. It is an intensely personal journey of the story of a young man, brutalized by war, who seeks escape and in the process causes immeasurable pain and suffering to himself and to those around him. (Originally published as Survival Course, this is a hard-cover, reworked version, with new photos, maps etc.)~~~10999~11843~~
    Out of Action - Chris Cocks |
    Chimurenga! The War in Rhodesia 1965-1980 - P Moorcraft & P McLaughlin~One of the first well illustrated books to come out shortly after the bush war depicting the military history of Rhodesia that briefly explains the beginnings and causes of the war, the combatants' weaponary and tactics (both the Rhodesian army and the ZANLA / ZIPRA guerrillas), the international politics, social impacts, and the aftermath in the country. First published in 1982, this book has been highly sought after as a standard text for the study of counter-insurgency, especially its application to the current 'war on terror'.
    Includes PAL DVD 'Chimurenga - The Book' - Comprising original filmshots taken during the time. Chapters - Kissinger Proposals, Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, Chimoio Raid, Chimurenga.
    Reprinted as a POD re-issue, Flame Lilly Books 2008. Paperback 262 pages. (B/W photos are of poor quality). ~First published by Styma Publishing 1982 (now out of print)
    'Re-printed' by Flame Lilly Books 2008, as re-issue.
    Paperback 262 pages



    First published in small quantities in 1982, this book has been highly sought after as a reference book by those involved in the Iraq and Afganistan wars. It has become a standard text for the study of counter-insurgency, especially its application to the current 'war on terror'.

    The book covers the period from 1965 through to 1980. This good solid well-written balanced account of the struggle with no political bias. The original book included a good selection of photo's from the war as well as of many of the key figures, unfortunately with this 're-issue' (re-print) the photos are of very poor quality. There are several well drawn diagrams despicting battle tactics etc.

    The book's 262 pages is divided into 3 parts. Part A (3 chapters, 39 pages) covers the roots of the conflict thru the period 1890-1965 and the first couple of rounds in the war (1965-1972 and 1972-1976). The second part (120 pages) describes the combatants - the Rhodeasian security forces, the ZANLA & ZIPRA guerilla forces, and weapons and tactics. The third part, "the climax" covers the international politics, the social impact of the war, the fighting through the period 1977-1980 and the aftermath.

    The book is factual and un-biased - it does not gloss over the terrorist activites of the different factions. the book includes some transcripts from actual raids (IE the famous transcript of the "Green Leader" exchange with Lusaka Air Traffic Control) as well as good descriptions and illustrations of some of the raids / Fireforce actions. It also covers the political events adequately. The last chapter covers the transition to black rule and the merging of all the different armed groups into the Zimbabwe National Army.

    The main thrust of the book was the dramatic final years of the war. No punches were pulled and the book caused controversy, not least in South Africa, where the logic of the book pointed clearly to Nelson Mandela's victory.

    Includes PAL DVD 'Chimurenga - The Book' - Comprising original filmshots taken during that time. Chapters - Kissinger Proposals, Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, Chimoio Raid, Chimurenga.

    NOTE - this is a POD 2008 're-issue'. The black/white photos in this edition appears to have been photostatted from the original and is of poor quality.~Chimurenga! The War in Rhodesia 1965-1980|8973|~10999~11722~Chimurenga, moorcraft~
    Jambanja - Eric Harrison~A memoir and personal account of a Zimbabwean farmer and the Land Invasions. This humorous and devastatingly poignant novel is a fact based story of a white African's agonizing battle to save his home, farm and family from brutal and intimidating terror attacks. A Major Work, exploring the collective character of a rebellious nation torn apart by racism and rationalization and offering an exciting insight into relationships between good governance and State sponsored thuggery and terrorism.~~~10999~11534~~
    Jambanja - Eric Harrison |
    Paget's Progress: A tale of high adventure and low salaries - Dick Paget~Paget’s Progress is the true story of a man emerging from humble beginnings to a life packed with adventure and variety in Africa. Dick’s varied career has included being an Rhodesian Army Medic; founding and managing a rehabilitation centre for army casualties (Tsanga Lodge); Outward Bound centres and managing a security firm in Malawi. His story is told with humour, excitement and pathos; making it a thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable read.~~~10999~11537~~
    Paget's Progress: A tale of high adventure and low salaries - Dick Paget |
    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.~~~10999~11612~~
    James and the Duck: Tales of the Rhodesian Bush War (1964 - 1980) - Faan Martin |
    Eagle Strike - Colonel Jan Breytenbach~Written by the highest decorated soldier in the South African Defence Force and author of several top class books. Founder of top South African army units - the SA Special Forces (Recces), 32 Battalion, 44 Parachute Brigade, SA Guerrilla School, and the SA Pathfinders (The Philistines).
    This is not only an autobiography but also a comprehensive journal of one of the greatest airborne assaults ever mounted in Africa. Colonel Jan Breytenbach planned, jumped in and led the paratroopers into the Battle of Cassinga in Angola with total commitment, superb strategy and leadership ability that has made him legendary in military circles worldwide. The book is lavishly illustrated with some 60 colour photographs, detailed map overlays and to crown it all, both the full Fit Chute lists as well as Colonel Breytenbach's original 20 page handwritten battle orders that he wrote at De Brug on 28 April 1978! There are numerous appendices that should further assist historians and students of military history . (Enter code ESJB in 3rd box) ......
         
    ~~~10999~11928~Eagle Strike, Colonel Jan Breytenbach~
    Everything Mugabe Knows About Zimbabwe: The Truth Must Be Told - Brandon Foster~"Banned". This is a comical crack at Robert Mugabe the President of Zimbabwe’s knowledge of his country and how to run it. The cover of the book makes it out to be a real political novel of great knowledge with breaking news on the situation in Zimbabwe. When you open the book you are greeted with nothing, yes nothing, no writing, or pictures, just blank pages! The reality is shown that Robert Mugabe knows nothing about Zimbabwe. Get a roar of laughter from friends and colleges who think they are about to read a real political novel to be greeted with the humorous reality of Robert Mugabe’s knowledge of Zimbabwe.~~~10999~11664~~
    Everything Mugabe Knows About Zimbabwe: The Truth Must Be Told - Brandon Foster |
    The Rhodesian War: A Military History - Paul Moorcraft~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. The book is due to be printed shortly with an estimated dispatch date early May.
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    Sand in the Wind - Keith Meadows~Back due to popular demand. This highly sought after fiction will be reprinted shortly. Sand in the Wind is a major novel of the African Bush encompassing the last 30 years of the country that was called Rhodesia until its emergence as the independent country renamed Zimbabwe. In a blend of fact and fiction, of real life and invented characters, this novel is violent, harrowing, yet hauntingly beautiful. Of wildlife and war, it is also a love story - between a man and a woman, and between a game warden and the wilderness he fights to protect. But more than that it is a story about wildlife and its mixed fortunes as the 20th century draws to a close. Evocatively captures the essence of wild Africa. Following the traditions of Robert Ruark. If you wish that we notify you as soon you are able to place orders for this book, then please submit a request providing your contact details (Enter code SITW in 3rd box) ......
         
    ~~~10999~11849~~
    Chimurenga! The War in Rhodesia 1965-1980 - P Moorcraft & P McLaughlin~Now reprinted - One of the first well illustrated books to come out shortly after the bush war, depicting the military history of Rhodesia that explains the beginnings and causes of the war, the combatants' weaponary and tactics (both the Rhodesian army and the ZANLA / ZIPRA guerrillas), the international politics, social impacts, and the aftermath in the country. First published in 1982, this book has been highly sought after as a standard text for the study of counter-insurgency, especially its application to the current 'war on terror'.~~~10999~11724~~
    Chimurenga! The War in Rhodesia 1965-1980 - P Moorcraft & P McLaughlin |
    Postage Increase - 7 April 2008~Royal Mail is increasing the postal tarrifs on the 7th April. Place your orders before then to save!~~~10999~11824~~
    Starting Out: Collecting South African Militaria - Dudley Wall~Dudley Wall's book of South African Militaria is the perfect book for those starting out with a collection as well as for those who wish to have a reference work. It is also perfect for those who served in the SADF/SANDF to be able to see all the unit and proficiency badges. This book has been out of print for some time and was hard to get. This third edition has been slightly updated and is now easily available.~~~10999~11616~~
    Starting Out: Collecting South African Militaria - Dudley Wall |
    A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe - Elspeth Parry~Illustrations by Janet Duff. This is a guidebook designed for anyone interested in rock art or for anyone visiting the Matopo Hills near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The book discusses the lifestyle and beliefs of the Stone Age hunter-gatherers who painted on the rocks, as well as considering the art itself and its interpretation. Includes description of the major sites in the Matopo Hills.
    ISBN 0-7974-2455-5. amaBooks, 2002. Paperback, 60pp , 30 illustrations~amaBooks, 2002
    ISBN 0-7974-2455-5
    Softback, 60pp , 30 illustrations


    Illustrations by Janet Duff. This is a guidebook designed for anyone interested in rock art or for anyone visiting the Matopo Hills near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The book discusses the lifestyle and beliefs of the Stone Age hunter-gatherers who painted on the rocks, as well as considering the art itself and its interpretation. Includes description of the major sites in the Matopo Hills.



    "Anyone visiting these hills will find this an excellent reference – a must for anyone interested in Bushman paintings or in the Matopo Hills" – Africa Travel Magazine~A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe|Z ISBN 0797424555|A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe - Elspeth Parry|C ISBN 0797424555|~10999~1444~A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe - Elspeth Parry~
    A Baboon Pinched My Potty - Paul Reason~A small boy steps out of a mud hut a short distance from the Victoria Falls in Africa. He is thousands of miles away from leafy England where he was born. That boy is me. There are flying boats and steam locomotives, one of the drivers of which has a pet baboon that blows the train’s whistle. Join me, as I learn about the strange superstitions and customs of the tribal people.......~~~10999~11611~~
    A Baboon Pinched My Potty - Paul Reason |
    *** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***~Our Credit/Debit Card service provider, Worldpay, successfully completed a planned software upgrade last Saturday 9th Feb. Should you encounter any problems in placing orders using debit/credit card as payment, please let us know. Many thanks.~~~10999~11721~~
    *** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***~Due to essential upgrades, our Credit / Debit Card processing system will be down on 9th Feb 2008 between 01:30am to 10:00am GMT. We will not be able to accept any orders during this time if paying with a Credit or Debit card. The inconvenience is regretted.~~~10999~11719~~
    Rhodesian Long Range Desert Group Veterans~URGENT
    We have been asked to assist on behalf of the secretary of the Rhodesian LRDG Association, Mr. Tommy Haddon, if anyone has contact details of the following LRDG veterans:-

    Sgt JM "Tobruk" Lowenthal MM (Australia?)
    Tpr Alf Page (New Zealand?)

    If there are any other Rhodesians who served in the Rhodesian Sqn of the LRDG that you know of, it may be a good idea to pass their contact details to us so that we may pass the information onto Tommy Haddon. Many thanks. 18/01/08~~~10999~11641~~
    Bitter Harvest: The Great Betrayal and the Dreadful Aftermath - Ian Smith~Ian Smith, the former Rhodesian prime minister has passed away in Cape Town 20 Nov 07, aged 88.
    His last major book Bitter Harvest is available here.~~~10999~11657~~
    Bitter Harvest: The Great Betrayal and the Dreadful Aftermath - Ian Smith |
    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
    This is 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. The RLI was a veritable 'foreign legion' with over 20 diverse nationalities serving in her ranks. 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.
    *** HIGHLY RECOMMENED ***~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 later in 2007.




    ~The Saints%3A The RLI|ISBN 9781920143077|The Saints%3A The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alexandre Binda|ISBN 9781920143077|~10999~11460~Rhodesian Light Infantry, The Saints, RLI counter-insurgency unit, Fireforce, chris cocks~
    Only My Friends Call Me "Crouks" : Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist - Dennis Croukamp~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 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.~New Voices Publishing, first published Mar 2006, 2nd Edition Reprint Feb 2007
    ISBN 1-920094-14-8
    Paperback, 477 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


    "ONLY MY FRIENDS CALL ME CROUKS" 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.~Only My Friends Call Me %22Crouks%22|ISBN 1920094148|~10999~11267~Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist, Selous Scouts, rhodesian light infantry RLI, Ron Reid-Daly, bush war frelimo zanu zapu guerillas~
    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 extensively 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.~Galago, 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, paperback


    Assignment Selous Scouts is a compelling read and the first book 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.~Assignment Selous Scouts|ISBN 1919854142|~10999~11181~~
    The Kevin Woods Story: In the Shadow of Mugabe’s Gallows - Kevin Woods~Kevin worked as a double agent for the South African apartheid government and Robert Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organization in the 80s. He was incarcerated in the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison (Harare) for 20 years, five of which were spent naked on death row. His release was pleaded to Mugabe by none other than Nelson Mandela in the 90s but this fell on deaf ears. Finally, a year ago he received a presidential pardon. Kevin now lives in South Africa and has launched a well-received career in motivational speaking. This is his story.
    Due out end December Watch this space for pre-ordering details.~~~10999~11621~~
    Masodja - Alexandre Binda~The history of the Rhodesian African Rifles and its forerunner the Rhodesia Native Regiment. 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.
    Due out end December Watch this space for pre-ordering details.~~~10999~11581~Rhodesian African Rifles, Masodja~
    Charlie's Omega - Danie Van Den Berg~During the Bush War in South West Africa / Namibia, due to the secrecy surrounding all activities, not much was known about 31 Battalion. When 31 Battalion was relocated to South Africa in the late 1980's, it started to gain notice, but with many misconceptions - this book attempts to present Omega as it was to its people. The book has few words, but lots of colour photos of the activities there with the focus on Charlie Company, in which the Author served as a 2nd Lt. ~~~10999~11345~~
    Charlie's Omega - Danie Van Den Berg |
    URGENT appeal by Mara du Toit - Do you remember any of these 33 names?~Mara du Toit has almost completed the most comprehensive Rhodesian Roll of Honour (ROH) for the period 1965-1980 ever put together. Mara has now whittled down to 33 names outstanding, most of which were gleaned from schools Rolls of Honour - names that are missing data needed to complete the ROH. Does anyone remember them? . . . more~~~10999~11605~~
    Without Honour - Robb JW Ellis~This book details the author's experiences as a policeman in the post independence Zimbabwe Republic Police in the province of Matabeleland South in the early to mid 1980's in the midst of Robert Mugabe's 'Gukurahundi' - a series of politically-motivated mass murders. Mugabe had unleashed his North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade (comprising 3500 ex-ZANLA) on the suspected members and supporters of the Zimbabwe African People's Union ('ZAPU') opposition party - twenty to thirty thousand people, mostly Matabeles, lost their lives in that time.
    Gukurahundi - Shona: "The early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains".~~~10999~11519~~
    Without Honour - Robb JW Ellis |
    Stick Leader RLI - Charlie Warren~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. His stories of barracks life are interesting, but he also talks extensively about combat and operations, using language and slang as used at the time. He takes you along with him in the K-Car, into contact on the ground. You feel the exhaustion and frustration of combat, the regret and sadness at the loss of comrades.~~Stick Leader - RLI|ISBN-13 9781920169312|~10999~11385~Stick Leader RLI , Charlie Warren, Fireforce, Rhodesian Light Infantry, bush war~
    Between the Sunlight and the Thunder - Keith Meadows~Standard Edition. By the author of Fothergill, Sand in the Wind and Sometimes when it Rains.
    This is a major novel of fast-changing Africa that covers 25 years of colonial history when those winds wreaked havoc on people and havoc alike. In a blend of fact and fiction, of real-life, disguised and invented characters in three countries, this historical novel, whilst harrowing, is also insightful and hauntingly beautiful.
    Please allow for 6 weeks before dispatch - awaiting stock.~Rowland Ward
    ISBN 0-9584939-1-X
    Softcover, 506 pages



    In the style of Wilbur Smith this is a "fast-moving, thundering good read". Keith takes his readers through trials and tribulations of an emerging new Africa. The horrors of the Mau Mau, the turbulence in the Congo, politics and poaching in the early post-UDI days of Rhodesia, the story is full of action, a good dollop of sex, a love story and some evocative descriptions of scenic Africa and it's flora and fauna. Keith's knowledge of hunting, weapons and all sorts of 'manly' things will appeal greatly to male readers, whilst his intimate knowledge and love of Africa, it's people and wildlife shines through, bringing the beauty of Africa alive. Well researched, the book is a blend of fact and fiction with some interesting historical details, excellent descriptions of characters - fictional and thinly-disguised real people - places and events that did occur. This book will take very many people down memory lane, as well as bring to life, in a most enjoyable way, some of the events that took place in an ever-changing Africa.~Between the Sunlight and the Thunder|ISBN 095849391X|~10999~11330~~
    When a Crocodile Eats the Sun - Peter Godwin~The story of the disintegration of a family, set against the collapse of Zimbabwe, a sequel of sorts to Peter Godwin's memoir, Mukiwa: A white boy in Africa. The book combines reportage, personal stories and a memoir, and traces the author's family's quest to belong in hostile lands - a quest that spans three continents and half a century.~~~10999~11433~~
    When a Crocodile Eats the Sun - Peter Godwin |
    The Last Safari: A Season of Discovery in Zimbabwe - Bruce VanBuskirk~This is the true story of an American hunter, Bruce VanBuskirk, who spent the 2001 season living a dream, working on safari in Zimbabwe. Full of fascinating characters, adventure and excitement, it also deals truthfully with the hard lessons learned about the future of hunting in Africa. This is a day by day description of the events, places and people who make the safari industry work in Zimbabwe. You'll travel the bush with the author, getting to know the professional hunters and clients, company employees, local villagers, and learn just how much work it takes to run a safari operation in a third world country. Fuel shortages, poaching, war vets seizing property, broken rifles, snakes, charging elephants, and wounded buffalo were all in a day's work. This is a rare look at the behind the scenes efforts to make a client's dreams come true. This deluxe paperback features non stop action, observations on the current political situation in Zimbabwe, as well as the stories of citizens forced to deal with the realities of life in Africa. ~Authorhouse, 2007
    ISBN-13 9781420887709, Paperback



    About the Author
    Born in the mid 1950's, the author learned to hunt at an early age at the family farm in southern Michigan. He received his first gun, a gift from his grandfather, at the age of 11. It was a single shot 16 gauge which was used to wreak havoc on the game bird population for many years, until finances allowed for more expensive and sophisticated shotguns.

    After college the author entered the field of law enforcement, serving as a police officer for eight years in southern Michigan, after which he moved to Indianapolis to further his career on a larger Department. He joined the SWAT Team in 1989, serving first as a sniper, then as Sniper Coordinator.

    The author served as the SWAT Team commander for the last two years of his tenure, retiring from the Team in 1999. His Law Enforcement career ended in 2001, and shortly afterwards he left for Africa, his fourth safari.

    The author's hunting career began at about the age of three, when his grandfather convinced him to tie a carrot onto a string and attempt to catch rabbits at the family farm. He learned to bird and deer hunt in the farmland of southern Michigan, and as he got older he traveled to western states to hunt mule deer and antelope, as well as moose and bear in Canada. He made his first safari in 1994, hunting in South Africa just before the election of Nelson Mandela to the office of President of South Africa.

    The author currently manufactures motorcycle accessories under the business name Howlingdog, and enjoys hunting and camping in the mountains of Arizona when he can find some free time.




    Extracts

    Kalsiga, the river camp, was to become my favorite place in all Africa. Located deep inside the concession, it was a place where one always kept his rifle handy, and offered constant contact with game as well as isolation from anything resembling modern man.

    The camp was located at roughly the far east end of the same escarpment on which Main Camp had been built. Getting to the camp involved driving over 26 kilometers of a most brutal road, and every single trip was an exercise in self abuse.

    The road meandered across the top of the escarpment for about 20 kilometers and then headed down the far side towards a small delta formed in the Ume River, The normal routine was to stop and pick up a Game Scout at the beginning of the Kalsiga road, as government regulations require one be with the hunting party at all times. The Game Scouts were employed by the Tribal Council, and lived in a small compound of block buildings just off the main tar road.

    After traveling for many kilometers through alternating thick bush and relatively open areas, during which deep sand would require 4 wheel drive to pass, the road basically ended and a trail of sorts wound down the rocky side of the escarpment. At the terminus of the road proper was a breathtaking view of the river valley below. First gear was the only way to travel the next portion, and the going was slow and brutal on man and machine alike as the trail was navigated.

    Once down off the escarpment the road reappeared and became fairly smooth and level, winding through an area of sparse jess until within about two kilometers of the river. At that point the vegetation appeared as a wall of green with a jungle like appearance, thick and heavy. Just before camp the road dropped steeply and there was always a significant drop in temperature as the level of the river was reached.

    I first saw this place three years earlier, and it had been a mere fly camp at the time, with a couple of large surplus military style tents and the kitchen, but nothing more... I took elephant from here, and once spent a long cold night in a pit dug into the riverbed calling hyenas. As the moon finally rose high enough to illuminate the bait my PH realized it was gone. We left the pit to investigate and discovered a lion had taken the zebra quarter out from under our noses.

    Now Kalsiga was a permanent installation. Situated along the riverbank under a high canopy of Acacia Albida trees, 4 chalets had been built, all on stilts to protect them when the river flooded during the rainy season. Each chalet stood about two meters off the ground, and consisted of a reed wall about 1 meter high covered with a thatch roof. The floor had been made by laying sheet metal roofing material down on top of the stilts and covering it with about 2 inches of cement. It made for a very solid, smooth floor that was easy to sweep. On the back side of the chalet was a shower area that had a separate entrance, allowing the waiter to fill the shower without disturbing the client's privacy.

    A communal dining chalet had been built closer to the river bank, also raised on stilts, and it could comfortable seat a dozen or so. There had also been a bar and concrete fire pit closer to the river, but the floods from the previous rainy season had removed about 50 feet of the river bank and wiped out these structures.

    Off to one side of the compound, separated by a reed wall, was the kitchen, which was built of concrete block and covered with a tin metal roof. .......~The Last Safari - Bruce VanBuskirk|ISBN-13 9781420887709|~10999~11563~~
    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. ~Authorhouse, Sept 2007
    ISBN-13 9781434319739
    Paperback, 284 pages



    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.



    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 - Faan Martin|ISBN-13 9781434319739|~10999~11613~Faan Martin~
    Scatterlings of Africa - Peter Davies~A "compelling, high-octane novel of racial, tribal and ideological conflict that will almost certainly draw criticism from the politically correct brigade," Scatterlings of Africa is a fast-paced thriller, set in Rhodesia's war against terror. Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980.
    The writing style comes across as a fusion of Wilbur Smith and Chris Ryan - a well written piece of work.The author served as a territorial soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975. He saw action, and took part in captures and interrogation. This gave him insight into terrorist minds, many of which were successfully encouraged to 'turn' and fight alongside Rhodesia's soldiers against their former comrades.~~~10999~11319~~
    Scatterlings of Africa - Peter Davies |
    Three Frigates - The South African Navy comes of Age - Rear Admiral Chris Bennett, SA Navy (Retired)~For nearly two decades the three President Class frigates, President Kruger, President Steyn and President Pretorius, acquired by the SA Navy in the 1960s dominated the South African maritime scene. The book explains the political background at the time of purchase that led to their acquisition and the political background twenty years later that led to them being sidelined whilst still in 'their prime' and very useful ships. ~~~10999~11346~~
    Three Frigates - The South African Navy comes of Age - Rear Admiral Chris Bennett, SA Navy (Retired) |
    The Border - AJ Brooks~A racy drama set against the backdrop of South Africa's border wars in the 1980's. This is a tale of intertwined lives; hatred, trauma and the horror of war forcing each to strangle some sense, some purity out of the world they now find themselves in while teetering on the border of their own sanity.
    "A gripping tale which accurately portrays the tragedy of the border war." -Roy Anderson, author of From the Battlefield to the Boardroom~30 Degrees
    ISBN 978-1-920143-10-7
    Softback: 234 x 153mm
    304pages
    April 2007



    The Border is a racy drama set against the backdrop of southern Africa's border wars in the 1980's. This is a tale of intertwined lives; hatred, trauma and the horror of war forcing each to strangle some sense, some purity out of the world they now find themselves in while teetering on the border of their own sanity. An ordinary soldier fights for survival. A family torn apart by the brutality of war. Two women's struggle to overcome the horrors they have experienced at the hands of the terrorists. A power-hungry brigadier whose personal failures cause untold disaster for his family and for the soldiers in whose hands they place their lives. But among the death and dust Corporal Kent finds himself enigmatically drawn toward a woman recently widowed by the very insurgents he fights against.




    Extracts

    "There was an odd combination of anxiety and reluctant anticipation prevalent among the new troops as they made final preparations. Their dismay was evident as the section leader discarded most of the food-carrying compartments and altered the webbing to carry at least seven water bottles and as many magazine pouches. The harsh reality of Ovamboland thwarted the infantry school's textbook, for this was war… war in a thirsty land."

    "Inevitably, one of the insurgents found the pull ring to the cellar and shouted for support. John and some of the other men crowded around and watched as the guerrilla yanked the door up. As it was only the white woman and her young, he confidently jumped down the stairs into the darkness. John heard the dull crack of the magnum directly below him and the thump of a bullet striking the flesh of his own man. 'They're in the cellar!' he shouted, 'We'll burn her out!'"




    Comments

    "Brutal and compassionate. A forceful first novel." - JH Thompson, bestselling author of An Unpopular War

    "A gripping tale which accurately portrays the tragedy of the border war." - Roy Anderson, author of From the Battlefield to the Boardroom~The Border|ISBN 9781920143107|~10999~11455~South Africa border war~
    Amazing Grace - Basil O'Connell-Jones~.... At the tender age of 22, I didn't believe anything bad could happen to me. But then a bullet smashed into my brain, knocking me to the ground where I lay bleeding and writhing in pain. After my head dropped into the sand, I had a strange floating sensation and felt myself being lifted up, out of the body full of pain, and away from the contact going on all around me....
    Amazing Grace is an autobiography of the incredible life of Basil O'Connell-Jones. It covers his school days, wild youth in Zambia and army days and his recovery after being shot in the head in a contact during the Rhodesian bush war.
    ISBN 99660886-5-4 Size - 215x135, 128 pages, 54 photos.
    Currently being reprinted, delivery date unknown.~~Amazing Grace|ISBN 9966088654|~10999~1447~Amazing Grace - Basil O%27Connell-Jones~
    Journey Without Boundaries - Andre Diedericks~This is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man. An honestly told story of his military career, of a man who was twice decorated for valour, who pioneered and developed the concept of "small team reconnaissance" within the South African Special Forces. The author gained early experience in "small team reconnaissance" whislt with the SA's special forces '5 Recce' attached to the Rhodesian SAS as Delta Squadron, in Rhodesia 1978-79, and then went on to develop the concept further with ex-Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts members in SA. He was a consummate warrior and gentleman and has told his story with humility and a disarming sense that what he did was simply the job he was given, when even the most cursory reading will show that it was anything but simple or easy. From start to finish, his life was truly a ‘Journey without Boundaries’. ~~Journey Without Boundaries (Softback)|ISBN13 9781920169589 SB|Journey Without Boundaries (Hardback)|ISBN13 9781920169589 HB|~10999~11488~small team reconnaissance, South African Special Forces recces~
    Postal strike in the UK~There is a postal strike on in the UK which is adversely affecting deliveries of some stock and dispatches of orders. The strike ends 11Oct07, but it is expected that it will take several days for the postal backlog to clear. We will endeavour to keep you informed of estimated deliveries.~~~10999~11584~~
    PayPal promotion - 5% discount !!~ This period only: 22 to 30 Sept 2007. Pay for your order using PayPal, and we will discount the total cost of the books/prints (excl P&P). Order as usual, select PayPal as the Payment Option in the Checkout Page. After submitting the order, we will send you a discounted PayPal Money Request email with the correct total amount.~~~10999~11425~~
    WRITERS - HELP NEEDED!
    An appeal by Gary Albyn~** Deadline extended ! **
    Gary Albyn is collaborating on a project with the highly talented ex-Zimbo artist, Lawrence Kirstein - to produce and publish a quality coffee-table book about southern Africa. Essentially, it's an African odyssey that takes in a little of the environment, culture and heartbeat of the region - all interwoven within a story of the meanderings and experiences of a herd of elephants. Gary is looking for interested folk who would like the chance to have their short story included as one of the many different interesting topics in the finished publication. Read on ...~~~10999~11417~~
    Africa will always break your Heart - G Hugo~The author was born in South Africa and grew up in this country during the years of Apartheid. He soaked up the military mindset in hardcore South African army training camps and rose to the rank of colonel during the 'border war' conducted in Angola, Namibia as well as partcipated in the low intensity war waged within South Africa. During the critical years of transition towards the New South Africa the truth dawned upon him - the 'enemy' was not at the borders of his beloved country, but within the very military system he had trusted all his life.~~~10999~11342~~
    Africa will always break your Heart - G Hugo |
    The Victoria Falls: Zambezi River. Sketched on the Spot 1862 - Thomas Baines, FRGS.~(Reprint, Folio) A selection of seven of the finest paintings reprinted in full colour from the Thomas Baines book originally published in 1865. These magnificent paintings gave the outside world their first pictorial impressions of Darkest Africa's greatest scenic secret. [Catalogue]~~~10999~549~~
    This Promised Land - Wendy Wright~A coming of age story set in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe during the transition. Some called it the Promised Land - a Garden of Eden in the sunshine and open spaces of big game country, where a prosperous lifestyle was taken for granted. But the undeniable truth was that Rhodesia's privileged lifestyle was not available to all. This story will appeal to people of all ages, but especially to those who have memories of Rhodesia, and of growing up there.~~~10999~11347~~
    This Promised Land - Wendy Wright |
    Curfew & Kalashnikovs - Jason Gardner~This book talks about the experiences of 'Betty', a woman who at 16 left her home to assist the Red Cross in dealing with Evacuee children from London. At 18 she joined the Navy to work as a nurse at one of their hospitals. After the war she and her husband emigrated to Northern Rhodesia and stayed for the next 20 years, during which time Northern Rhodesia became Zambia. She was in Rhodesia (formerly Southern Rhodesia) during the period of the Rhodesian Bush War and her fascinating experiences during this time provided the background material for Curfew and Kalashnikovs .~~Curfew & Kalashnikovs| ISBN-13 9781904985488|~10999~11430~~
    White Man Crawling - John Eppel~White Man Crawling is a collection of short stories and poems by the award winning Bulawayo writer John Eppel. His stories are uncomfortably funny; his poems uncomfortably sad. His stories speak first to all of us, then to his own quirky nature; his poems speak first to himself and to those few who know him nearly, and then to all of us. For more than forty years John Eppel has been a unique double-voice in the annals of Zimbabwean literature: the satirist and the lyricist.~'amaBooks, 2007
    Paperback
    ISBN 978-0-7974-3390-8



    White Man Crawling is a collection of short stories and poems by the award winning Bulawayo writer John Eppel. His stories are uncomfortably funny; his poems uncomfortably sad. His stories speak first to all of us, then to his own quirky nature; his poems speak first to himself and to those few who know him nearly, and then to all of us.For more than forty years John Eppel has been a unique double-voice in the annals of Zimbabwean literature: the satirist and the lyricist.





    Excerpt from The Stone Painter:

    His name is Farlow, and he paints the stones, dressed and raw, and the bricks, full and half, in the grounds of the police headquarters at the Drill Hall. His uniform is a khaki shirt, khaki shorts, car tyre sandals, and a red, tasselled fez. Farlow is a Muslim of Malawian extract. He began work at the Drill Hall some time in the 1950s. He was, by turns, tea boy, office boy, errand boy, and garden boy. It was part of the last mentioned job to whitewash the bricks and the stones, some random, some encircling trees, some delineating roads and pathways and herbaceous borders, some marking out jealously guarded parking space for the more senior police officers.
    His first employers were the British South Africa Police, who kept law and order for a Chartered Company called Rhodesia. His present employers are the Zimbabwe Republic Police, who keep law and order for a Limited Company called ZANU-PF. His first employers gave him a black 28 inch bicycle. For greater comfort, he inserted a tennis ball under the saddle. The bicycle was commandeered by his present employers during Operation Murambadsvina when they were desperately short of transport to pursue prostitutes and fruit vendors. Now he walks everywhere.


    Excerpt from Grass in Winter:

    I gather armfuls of tow-headed grass:
    the dusty smell is intoxicating;
    then I dance until the last flaxen stalk
    drifts away on a cross breeze. In winter
    grass is blond like the children of settlers;
    and, at dusk, there's a wisp of gold, a rasp
    of strawberry, a rustle of ash, a
    sighing of bottles without corks.


    ~White Man Crawling|ISBN 9780797433908|~10999~11436~~
    A Walk Against The Stream - AJ Ballinger~A true story that revolves around a young man called up to do his National Service in war torn Rhodesia in the late 1970's. His army posting is to one of the country's premier tourist resorts where he falls in love with a young croupier from a nearby Casino. A fascinating insight into the life of two young people brought together by love and war in a truly magnificent Continent.~~~10999~11343~~
    A Walk Against The Stream - AJ Ballinger |
    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
    The 15-year Rhodesian 'bush war', fought in southern Africa, reached its bloody climax in late 1979 and soon after Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. The men of the Rhodesian Light Infantry had won all their battles, but the war was lost … so too their country … and the battle-weary veterans drifted away. Along with the RLI diaspora, many of the regimental records and artefacts disappeared.
    Author Alex Binda's took up an daunting challenge to compile a comprehensive regimental history, and in this he has been admirably assisted by RLI veterans, military historians, collectors and enthusiasts the world over. A worldwide appeal saw a wealth of previously unpublished material - significant anecdotal and historical contributions, personal writings and over 5,000 photos - being generously contributed to this remarkable endeavour. 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'. Includes 90 min DVD 'The Saints' with previously unseen combat footage.
    *** HIGHLY RECOMMENED ***~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 later in 2007.




    ~The Saints%3A The RLI|ISBN 9781920143077|The Saints%3A The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alexandre Binda|ISBN 9781920143077|~10999~11545~Rhodesian Light Infantry, The Saints, RLI counter-insurgency unit, Fireforce, chris cocks~
    The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alexandre Binda~Compiled and edited by Chris Cocks, bestselling author of Fireforce

    The 15-year Rhodesian 'bush war', fought in southern Africa, reached its bloody climax in late 1979 and soon after Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. The men of the Rhodesian Light Infantry had won all their battles, but the war was lost … so too their country … and the battle-weary veterans drifted away. Along with the RLI diaspora, many of the regimental records and artefacts disappeared.
    Author Alex Binda's took up an daunting challenge to compile a comprehensive regimental history, and in this he has been admirably assisted by RLI veterans, military historians, collectors and enthusiasts the world over. A worldwide appeal saw a wealth of previously unpublished material - significant anecdotal and historical contributions, personal writings and over 5,000 photos - being generously contributed to this remarkable endeavour. 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. Due for release June 2007.~~~10999~11272~~
    Umkhonto we Sizwe : Fighting for a Divided People - Thula Bopela and Daluxolo Luthuli~The true story of two friend's journeys and roles in South Africa's ANC's MK and IFP.~~~10999~11103~~
    Umkhonto we Sizwe : Fighting for a Divided People - Thula Bopela and Daluxolo Luthuli |
    The Covert War: Koevoet Operations in Namibia: 1979-1989 - Peter Stiff~The 3rd book in Peter Stiff's Trilogy on South African Warfare. The mostly untold story of Koevoet, the South African Police's highly successful counterinsurgency unit, initially based on the Selous Scouts of Rhodesia, formed in 1979 and deployed in Namibia until independence in 1989 when it was disbanded as a sop to the UN.~~The Covert War|ISBN 19198540209|~10999~10956~~
    African Dust on the Soles of My Feet - Susan Cook-Jahme~A complete anthology of poetry from the Dark Continent. Susan Jahme's passionate passages quickly transport the reader to a world bathed in the brightest sunshine and cloaked in the darkest shadows. Her use of colour, form, and hauntingly beautiful rhythm creates an unforgettable portrait in the twenty-first century. Ms Jahme's strong, clear voice softly touches the heart and then gently leaves a tear in the eye. She is the new voice of Africa.

    ISBN 0-620-32202-0. book 144 pages
    ISBN 0-620-322691. ebook (CD)~Kingfisher Books, U.K 2004

    ISBN 0-620-32202-0. Book, paperback 144 pages
    ISBN 0-620-322691. ebook (CD)


    Review by Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review

    In her second full length book of poetry, Susan Cook-Jahme once again shows us her African homeland through loving eyes. Adding dimension to this book you will find breathtaking oil on canvas paintings done by the poet and her husband, Graham. The overall effect cannot be adequately described in a review. I'll give you several random excerpt samplings to demonstrate her gift.

    "Victoria Falls" extols that ancient wonder:

    Sharp intake of breath
    At the beauty
    Of roaring mists that swell
    And swirl up into the sky...
    Filming the skin
    Like a lover's caress.


    In "Star Gazer" we see a goat herder, the same today as he has been for millennia:

    I am the king of all terrain,
    That undulates far and wide,
    My workers hands my pride,
    The shuttered night my sanctuary,
    A humble goat-herd dressed in hide....


    "Domain of My Memories" is a paean to the poet's homeland:

    Softly in languid teasing, you beckon,
    Rolling Country, you are the abode of my memory,
    You remain barefoot with childhood innocence and laughter,
    Defying all poetic imagining with your truth,
    I drink in the spirit of your eternal essence, my Motherland.


    "The Elephants Final Walk" was one of my favorites:

    There is a far place unknown to man
    Beneath shaded canopies of tall acacia trees,
    Standing silent sentinel on mud greased banks
    Congealed in fetid weed and reed,
    Where these great beasts walk their last mile...


    "Hamba Kahle" means "Go Safely", which will make a fitting final excerpt:

    For you who have drunk deeply
    Of the waters of this African land,
    Will find an aching thirst to quench,
    And return to drink deeply of it once again.



    This review has barely scratched the surface of what you will find in African Dust on the Soles of My Feet. The poet writes of love and death, friendship and passion, sorrow and injustice. For those who love poetry, or have a certain curiosity about Africa, Susan Cook-Jahme's latest book is a must read.

    Laurel Johnson
    Midwest Book Review~African Dust - book|ISBN 0620322020|African Dust - ebook (CD)|ISBN 0620322691|~10999~11348~African Dust on the Soles of My Feet, Susan Cook-Jahme~
    African Dust on the Soles of My Feet - Susan Cook-Jahme~A complete anthology of poetry from the Dark Continent. Susan Jahme's passionate passages quickly transport the reader to a world bathed in the brightest sunshine and cloaked in the darkest shadows. Her use of colour, form, and hauntingly beautiful rhythm creates an unforgettable portrait in the twenty-first century. Ms Jahme's strong, clear voice softly touches the heart and then gently leaves a tear in the eye. She is the new voice of Africa.

    ISBN 0-620-32202-0. book 144 pages
    ISBN 0-620-322691. ebook (CD)~Kingfisher Books, U.K 2004

    ISBN 0-620-32202-0. Book, paperback 144 pages
    ISBN 0-620-322691. ebook (CD)


    Review by Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review

    In her second full length book of poetry, Susan Cook-Jahme once again shows us her African homeland through loving eyes. Adding dimension to this book you will find breathtaking oil on canvas paintings done by the poet and her husband, Graham. The overall effect cannot be adequately described in a review. I'll give you several random excerpt samplings to demonstrate her gift.

    "Victoria Falls" extols that ancient wonder:

    Sharp intake of breath
    At the beauty
    Of roaring mists that swell
    And swirl up into the sky...
    Filming the skin
    Like a lover's caress.


    In "Star Gazer" we see a goat herder, the same today as he has been for millennia:

    I am the king of all terrain,
    That undulates far and wide,
    My workers hands my pride,
    The shuttered night my sanctuary,
    A humble goat-herd dressed in hide....


    "Domain of My Memories" is a paean to the poet's homeland:

    Softly in languid teasing, you beckon,
    Rolling Country, you are the abode of my memory,
    You remain barefoot with childhood innocence and laughter,
    Defying all poetic imagining with your truth,
    I drink in the spirit of your eternal essence, my Motherland.


    "The Elephants Final Walk" was one of my favorites:

    There is a far place unknown to man
    Beneath shaded canopies of tall acacia trees,
    Standing silent sentinel on mud greased banks
    Congealed in fetid weed and reed,
    Where these great beasts walk their last mile...


    "Hamba Kahle" means "Go Safely", which will make a fitting final excerpt:

    For you who have drunk deeply
    Of the waters of this African land,
    Will find an aching thirst to quench,
    And return to drink deeply of it once again.



    This review has barely scratched the surface of what you will find in African Dust on the Soles of My Feet. The poet writes of love and death, friendship and passion, sorrow and injustice. For those who love poetry, or have a certain curiosity about Africa, Susan Cook-Jahme's latest book is a must read.

    Laurel Johnson
    Midwest Book Review~African Dust - book|ISBN 0620322020|African Dust - ebook (CD)|ISBN 0620322691|~10999~1427~African Dust on the Soles of My Feet, Susan Cook-Jahme~
    Thundering Smoke - RG Pattison~A finely detailed history of Rhodesia Railways and NRZ. This A4 book of 244 pages is well illustrated with 184 photographs, diagrams and maps. It is a superb creation of historical facts compiled by a dedicated Rail enthusiast, George Pattison.~~~10999~11178~~
    Thundering Smoke - RG Pattison |
    The 1879 Zulu War: Through the Eyes of the Illustrated London News - Compiled by Ron Lock & Peter Quantrill~A reproduction of articles taken from the 'Illustrated London News' published over 100 years ago.~~~10999~11102~~
    The 1879 Zulu War: Through the Eyes of the Illustrated London News - Compiled by Ron Lock & Peter Quantrill |
    Rugby Stories from the Platteland - Graham Jooste~The heart and spirit of South African rugby described in Graham’s book is still evident today, but the way the game was played - on a Saturday afternoon, on a dusty field, after a long day ploughing - is not. Somehow all this became overshadowed by the glamour of large clubs and competitions, fuelled by modern technology and communication. Graham tells the stories, that will have you in stitches, of those recently arrived for work in a strange town on the platteland who, to be accepted by the community, had to play rugby. From labourers and mechanics to clerks and farmers from all over the country, these are their stories and each one is unique.
    ISBN 0958489017, Paperback. 178 x 110mm, 200pp~ISBN 0-9584890-1-7
    Paperback: 178 x 110mm
    200pp

    The heart and spirit of rugby described in Graham’s book is still evident today, but the way the game was played - on a Saturday afternoon, on a dusty field, after a long day ploughing - is not. Somehow all this became overshadowed by the glamour of large clubs and competitions, fuelled by modern technology and communication.

    In this book Graham tells the stories, some dating back 100 years, of those recently arrived for work in a strange town on the platteland who, to be accepted by the community, had to play rugby. From labourers and mechanics to clerks and farmers, these are their stories and each one is unique. From the Northern Cape and Luderitz, down the west coast, into the Eastern Cape and through the Free State and Mpumalanga, Graham has recorded stories, as told to him, that will have you in stitches.

    Graham’s style of writing is reminiscent of campfire (or perhaps braais and boerewors) storytelling, the humour lying in all the deviations and asides the story makes along the way.

    Graham Jooste, born in Greylingstad, lives in Johannesburg and considers himself semi-retired. Graham is passionate about both history and sport and has written four other books: Innocent Blood (2002), So Het Hulle Gesterf (1998), Rugby Trivia (1995) and South African Rugby Teams: 1949 -1995 (1995). Graham was awarded the Lewis Memorial Shield for Sportsmanship at the South African Nautical College. He played first-league rugby, cricket and bowls and was president of the Old Selbornians Cricket Club in East London and of the Pirate Rugby Club.~Rugby Stories from the Platteland|ISBN 0958489017|~10999~11097~~
    Information systems~We are currently re-developing our email notification systems, whereby you will be regularly kept informed as to the progress of your orders. Please bear with us and thank you for your patience.~~~10999~11004~~
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    Special time limited offer - Pay with PayPal and save 10% off price of all books. Select books/prints as usual, select PayPal as the payment option in the Checkout page, and submit the order. We will then send you a discounted PayPal 'Money Request' email, from which you then make your payment.

    ~~~10999~11115~~
    A Diplomat's Story: Apartheid and Beyond 1969-1998 - Pieter Wolvaardt~A story of 30 years of being with the Department of Foreign Affairs in various roles and countries.~~~10999~11105~~
    A Diplomat's Story: Apartheid and Beyond 1969-1998 - Pieter Wolvaardt |
    Scatterlings of Africa - Peter Davies~A "compelling, high-octane novel of racial, tribal and ideological conflict that will almost certainly draw criticism from the politically correct brigade," Scatterlings of Africa is a fast-paced thriller, set in Rhodesia's war against terror. Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980.
    It's December 1972 and Lieutenant Ron Cartwright is obsessed with defending his country against insurgents in a vicious civil war. Comrade 'Gumbarishumba' Gadziwa is equally determined to win the fight for Zimbabwe to be restored to his people. While abduction, intimidation, torture and worse are going on in the war zone, the cities, towns and many farms remain safe, idyllic havens where Ron's wife Angela and their young children live in relative comfort. But the stress of their separate lives is taking its toll, and the arrival of Angie's cousin Mark, who she hasn't seen since she was a child, adds fuel to an already tense situation. The tentacles of war spread, plots cross, and life will never be the same again...
    ISBN 0955440904, Paperback. 343 pages~~~10999~11271~~
    The 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. ~The Rhodesia Medal Roll|ISBN 0955393604|~10999~11197~~
    Postal charge to cover shortfall~Debbie Landman - Ref: Order 2706656 (23 Aug 06)
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    IE - The cost difference from changing the P&P from Economy Mail A to Economy Mail B. (All books except one is being shipped from the UK - Economy A is only for books being dispatched from within Southern Africa).~~Postal charge to cover shortfall|Order 2706656|~10999~11303~~
    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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    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]|!13265|Echoes of an African War - Std|ISBN 0620230916 Std|Echoes of an African War - Ltd|ISBN 0620230916 Delux|~10999~10873~Echoes of an African War - Chas Lotter~
    Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier - Alexandra Fuller~From the author of Don't Lets Go To The Dog's Tonight this is a powerful and sometimes painful account of an intense relationship Fuller had with a white Rhodesian Bush War veteran. A man of contradictions, K is battle-scarred and work-weathered, a born-again Christian and given to weeping for the failure of his romantic life and the burden of his memories. Driven by K's memories of the war, they decide to enter the heart of darkness in the most literal way, by travelling from Zambia through Zimbabwe and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the Rhodesian war and to meet other veterans. Beautifully written.~~Scribbling the Cat|ISBN 0330433997|~10999~11028~rhodesian bush war~
    Fall of the Leaf - PC Feller (Fiction)~A sensitive and faithful representation of the lives of three white English-speaking men, from the war years to the present time.~~~10999~11100~~
    Fall of the Leaf - PC Feller (Fiction) |
    World Heritage Sites of South Africa - Southbound pocket book series~Come share South Africa's national inheritance in these lively and informative guides-walk in the steps of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island; engage your ancestors, Mrs. Ples and Little Foot; discover the splendour of the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe; wonder at the sheer magnitude of the largest meteorite site on Earth in the Vredefort Dome; and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Drakensberg, St. Lucia Wetlands and the Cape Floral Region.~~~10999~11194~~
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    Mzee Ali - Bror MacDonell~The biography of an African slave-trader turned askari and scout~~~10999~11106~~
    Mzee Ali - Bror MacDonell |
    Wide Boy: The true story of a Jo'burg spiv - Montague Bentley~Tony starts on his life-journey of opportunism, petty crime, street-fighting and questionable business practices, driven always by his never-ending quest "to make money - lots of it". Johannesburg, South Africa.~~~10999~11104~~
    Wide Boy: The true story of a Jo'burg spiv - Montague Bentley |
    Hetty and the Earl - Vera Elderkin (Fiction)~Written as a fiction, parts are based on the experiences of the author's husband's work in the Rhodesian British South Africa Police.~~~10999~11099~~
    Hetty and the Earl - Vera Elderkin (Fiction) |
    Where Flamelilies Grow - Graham Longstaff~An autobiography. A life story of a young British boy, who moved to the mystical and exciting continent of Africa in the 1960's, and covers the changes in lifestyle, cultures and adaptation to life in Africa, telling the story in a way that the man in the street can relate to. The book covers the author's life in Zambia, Zimbabwe/Rhodesia, South Africa and Namibia, including his schooling, National Service in Rhodesia, the highs and lows in his life during the turbulent years of the Rhodesian bush war, the cultural differences, the political & economic changes in Southern Africa, his marriage and divorce, and the events leading to his being thrown out of Zimbabwe in 1996 and finally his return to the UK.~~Where Flamelilies Grow|ISBN 1413774601|~10999~10993~~
    The Last Rhodesian Soldiers - Vera Elderkin~The Last Rhodesian Soldiers is a work of fiction based on facts during the last years of the Rhodesian bush war and shortly thereafter. It tells of the comradery of two soldiers, one white and one black, and a terrorist and his hate for these two men. Part of the story includes a background to the world renowned mounted infantry unit, the Rhodesian Army Grey's Scouts, of which the author's husband was the riding master, leaving with the rank of captain in 1983. Vera Elderkin, born in the then Rhodesia, served with both the Rhodesian British South Africa Police (as an A Reservist) and for a short while, Zimbabwe Republic Police.~~The Last Rhodesian Soldiers|ISBN 1413745466|~10999~10967~~
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    The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and Other Short Writings - John Eppel~A collection of fifteen short stories and twenty poems. The pieces range from poetry evocative of the sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean bush and suburbia to bitingly satirical prose about present day Zimbabwe.
    1st 25 orders receives autographed copies!~amaBooks, July 2004
    ISBN 0-7974-2839-5, Softback A5, 74pp.
    A collection of fifteen short stories and twenty poems. The pieces range from poetry evocative of the sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean bush and suburbia to bitingly satirical prose about present day Zimbabwe. John Eppel has proved himself in both fields of writing, being awarded the M-Net Prize for fiction and the Ingrid Jonker Prize for poetry.




    John Eppel was brought up in Colleen Bawn but now lives in Bulawayo, where he writes and teaches English. His previous novels are D G G Berry's The Great North Road, Hatchings, The Giraffe Man, The Curse of the Ripe Tomato and The Holy Innocents; and his previous poetry collections are Spoils of War, Sonata for Matabeleland and Selected Poems 1965-1995.

    'John Eppel is a craftsman of high order, a poet and a novelist who savages complacency with deft ironies.' - Dan Wylie

    'Eppel writes in a captivating manner, taking the reader through a laughter-tinged journey to the dark side of life. He writes … about today's Zimbabwe, where those with power abuse it and those without struggle to make things right.' - Grace Mutandwa

    'Like Marechera before him, Eppel is a bitingly honest and unencumbered voice.' - Rosemary Gray

    'Eppel has the sharp observation of a naturalist. Not many Zimbabwean poets are able to evoke in a poem the particularity of the physical environment in the way he does.' - Kizito Muchemwa

    ~The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and Other Short Writings|C ISBN 0797428395|~10999~4857~The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and Other Short Writings - John Eppel~
    Short Writings from Bulawayo 2 - Edited by Jane Morris~Short Writings from Bulawayo 2 is a second collection of short stories and poems from 22 authors that take the reader on a journey through the townships of Bulawayo, to the rural areas and beyond. Pieces include those by the well-known John Eppel, Cathy Buckle and Pathisa Nyathi, and by some of the up-and-coming stars of Zimbabwean writing - Mzana Mthimkhulu, Christopher Mlalazi, Bryony Rheam and Derek Huggins.~AmaBooks, Bulawayo. August 2005
    Softback, 116pp.
    ISBN 0-7974-2896-8
    Short Writings from Bulawayo is a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces that are evocative of Zimbabwe's second city and its rural surroundings. Some of the contributors are well-known, including Catherine Buckle, John Eppel, and Pathisa Nyathi, but the majority are published here for the first time. There are 28 pieces in the book from 22 contributors: from men and women, from the different races that make up our society, from people with very different educational backgrounds, from those with urban and rural experiences. Bulawayo's special character comes from a history of going its own way and developing its own style, as exemplified in the writings presented here.

    The collection tells of many things: of family and friendship, of fear and death, of witches and spirits, of hunger and drought, of dreams and aspirations, of leaving home and leaving Zimbabwe, of queues and loneliness, of football and bicycles, of growing old and of love. A unifying theme of many of the stories and poems is loss of innocence, of purpose, of love, of culture, of belonging, of life. A reflection of our times.

    Some of the stories and poems will make you sad and some will make you smile.

    The pieces were chosen for their good writing, but also to reflect and celebrate the diversity of life in Zimbabwe. The inspiration for the book was to give voice to new writers who might otherwise be unheard and, through their writing, to bring together the different communities that make up Zimbabwe- to show that there is more to unite us than to divide us.~Short Writings from Bulawayo 2|C ISBN 0797428968|~10999~10987~Short Writings from Bulawayo - Edited by Jane Morris~
    Sometimes when it Rains - Keith Meadows~Colonialism has come and gone, helped on its way by African nationalism, a deep grown chancre at last successfully lanced. Has had its just desserts in the reconstituted third world history books, being spooned in somewhere between the Spanish Inquisition and the Great Plague. But was it a legacy that barren ? Here you will meet eleven ordinary people who have left their stamp on Rhodesia and subsequently Zimbabwe. Eleven white Africans who have walked that extra mile for Africa. ~~Sometimes when it Rains|!180|~10999~1464~~
    Rhodesian Dawn Zimbabwe Darkness - Tony Morkel (2nd Edition)~A well researched work of fiction - an emotional tragedy that has had to be written. The tales surrounding the birth and death of this nation, its people and rich resources are positively portrayed in simplicity. From the birth of Rhodesia to a wounded and festering Zimbabwe, the changing circumstance of every citizen has dealt a jarring, shattering blow to traditions, life and honour. The world looks on, and passes by. The people of Zimbabwe observe silently as all world leaders determine to assure that terrorism will never be beaten. The brilliance, strength and determination of that dying tribe of Rhodesians is possibly about to be buried. The stories move fast; events have been well detailed and include the rigours of emotional war and passions of ordinary people. This is an excellent tale of colonial reality as experienced at roots.~~Rhodesian Dawn Zimbabwe Darkness Zimbabwe Darkness - Tony Morkel|ISBN 0954948807|~10999~11001~~
    So Far and No Further: Rhodesia’s Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965 - JRT Wood~This definitive account traces Rhodesia's attempt to secure independence during the retreat from Empire after 1959. Based on unique research, it reveals why Rhodesia defied the world from 1965.~Trafford Publishing
    ISBN 1412049520, 2005, Paperback, 533 pages


    From the book's jacket....

    Ian Smith's unilateral declaration of independence for Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on 11 November 1965 was seen by many as the act of a rebellious white minority seeking to preserve their privileged position in defiance of Britain's determination to shed her Empire and introduce rule by the African majority as soon as possible.

    However, the drama of UDI has long overshadowed and oversimplified the complexities of the preceding years. In this account of that time, based on sole access to the hitherto closed papers of Ian Douglas Smith and Sir Roy Welensky, as well as extensive research at London's Public Record Office, and in government and private collections elsewhere, Dr J.R.T. Wood chronicles the collision course on which Britain and Rhodesia were set after 1959, complementing his study of the fate of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in his definitive 'The Welensky Papers: A History of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1953-1963'.

    Britain, Wood shows, was intent on shedding her Empire as quickly as possible against a backdrop of the Cold War and the rise of Chinese- and Soviet-sponsored African nationalism. She delivered some 600 one man, one vote constitutions to her fledgling nations and had no intention of granting Rhodesia independence on different terms. Unlike Britain's other African possessions, however, Rhodesia had enjoyed self-governance since 1923. The largely white Rhodesian electorate, wary of the consequences of premature and ill-prepared majority rule, sought instead dominion status akin to that of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Their intention was gradually to pave the way for majority rule: since 1923, Rhodesia's electoral qualifications had excluded race. It was always understood that the African majority would acquire power; the concern was the speed and smoothness of that acquisition.

    Culminating in those dramatic days of November 1965 when Ian Smith concluded in the face of resolute British stonewalling that he had no alternative but UDI, this unique account is the first in a series which chronicles the course of events that ultimately led to Robert Mugabe's accession to power in 1980, and all that entailed.~So Far and No Further!|ISBN 1412049520|~10999~11036~rhodesia politics UDI, ian smith~
    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.
    Size - 228x155mm, 368 pages, 120 colour & b/w photos, map and sketches.
    Last remaining copies (Out of Print)
    ISBN 1 919874 32 1 Softback £25.00 (now out of stock)
    ISBN 0 620 21573 9 Hardback, £30.00 ~~Fireforce (Hardback)|ISBN 0620215739|Fireforce (Softback)|ISBN 1919874321|~10999~1474~Fireforce - One Man%27s War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry - Chris Cocks, elite parachute battalion~
    Honk if You Love Geese and Other Hunting Stories - Jim Woods~A memoir of the author's world hunting experiences. Approximately half the book deals with hunting in southern Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa.
    Honk if you love Geese and Other Hunting Stories is an affirmation of sport hunting. The author, Jim Woods, has hunted much of the world and gathered experiences that usually are available only to a small number of hunters. Honk if you love Geese stands out among other books on hunting because it utilizes a common perspective, wherein all the stories relate the hunting experiences of the same person, the author. ~~Honk if You Love Geese|ISBN 141373541X|~10999~10996~~
    Steam Locomotives of Rhodesia Railways; The story of Steam 1892-1979 - ED Hamer~Edward Hamer, a draughtsman with Rhodesia Railways during the 1970s and a steam 'buff, has produced what could be the definitive work on all types of steam locos, from Jack Tar to the giant 225-ton 20A Class Beyer-Garratts, that have served the system which extended from the Mozambique and South African borders through to the border of the former Belgian Congo. He has worked with and personally knows all the types still in service, and research into Rhodesia Railways (now National Railways of Zimbabwe) records provided the early historical material.

    Hardcover, landscape format, 194 pages, b & w photographs, diagrams, tables, illustrated endpapers
    Originally printed by Books of Zimbabwe 1981, ISBN 0869202219
    Reprinted by Frank Stenvalls Forlag 1983, ISBN 91-7266-077-5~~Steam Locomotives of Rhodesia Railways|ISBN 9172660775|~10999~4672~~
    The Victoria Falls: A few pages from the diary of Emil Holub M.D.~Facsimile reproduction of the 1879 edition with additional drawings and a new postscript by Jaroslav Olsa, JR.~~The Victoria Falls%3A A few pages from the diary of Emil Holub M.D.|C ISBN 0869202790|~10999~10982~~
    Beloved African - Jill Baker~Beloved African is a story of a great and enduring love, of a pioneering adventure in the early days of Rhodesia—of the builders, the educators, the history, the triumphs and the troubles of that beautiful country. John Hammond was one of Rhodesia’s great educators—beloved by black and white alike. The extraordinary role he played is woven against a background of increasing tension… as he strode the political and educational stages, fighting for the extra time he needed to educate his schoolboys and girls to the point where they would be in a position to lead the new Zimbabwe with wisdom and integrity.The agonies and heartbreak of what subsequently occurred and the effect it had on him are woven through a wonderful tale of the continuing love story and partnership between John and his wife Nancy. This is the story of how “the winds of change” tragically changed the course of southern African history forever.
    ISBN 0 620 24117 9. Hardback, 492 pages, size 228 x 155mm, 58 b&w illustrations + map. ~~Beloved African|ISBN 0620241179|~10999~1448~~
    African Dust on the Soles of My Feet - Susan Cook-Jahme~A complete anthology of poetry from the Dark Continent. Susan Jahme's passionate passages quickly transport the reader to a world bathed in the brightest sunshine and cloaked in the darkest shadows. Her use of colour, form, and hauntingly beautiful rhythm creates an unforgettable portrait in the twenty-first century. Ms Jahme's strong, clear voice softly touches the heart and then gently leaves a tear in the eye. She is the new voice of Africa.~~African Dust - book|ISBN 0620322020|African Dust - ebook (CD)|ISBN 0620322691|~10999~10986~~
    Elephant Road - M de la Harpe~This was inspired by two episodes, half a century apart; the first was an expedition in 1891 by two English nurses who walked from the coast of Portuguese East Africa to establish a hospital in Cecil Rhodes' new colony, Rhodesia; the second was the building of Kariba Dam - the world's most ambitious hydro-electric project - in the 1950s - at a time when a changing Africa was preparing to shed its colonial mantle, and African nationalism was gaining strength.  A compelling, haunting story of exploration and adventure, passion and superstition.~~Elephant Road|!146|~10999~1429~Elephant Road - M de la Harpe~
    Cyclone Blues - Chris Cocks~The author's (a former Rhodesian combat paratrooper) first novel after his best-selling non-fiction Fireforce and Survival Course. Set in present-day Zimbabwe and Mozambique, still suffering from the hangovers of civil war and natural disasters - it is a story of love and tragedy, against the backdrop of political machinations and treachery. It successfully examines inter-racial relationships and attitudes and breathes hope into a troubled sub-continent, struggling with its history, its present and its future. A beautiful love story, fast moving, entertaining, and a historical tour de force, politically topical in light of Zimbabwe's turmoils.~~Cyclone Blues|ISBN 0620254386|~10999~10985~Cyclone Blues - Chris Cocks~
    Full Circle - Samantha Hall~This is the story of Edward Kenyon, a man of strong character. Born in rural England during the late years of the First World War, he remains strong and unchanged through the many vicissitudes life presents to him, an uncaring father, loss of his mother at an early age, a strong bond with his beloved grandfather, his experiences as a Commando in the Second World War, his passionate love of the lovely Isobel which endures to the end of his life. He immigrates to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he is involved in its war of independence. A gripping story, taking place in various locations, written in a flowing and absorbing manner which makes for easy and pleasurable reading.
    ISBN 1-919874-04-6, 222x152mm, 318pp ~~Full Circle|ISBN 1919874046|~10999~1432~Full Circle - Samantha Hall~
    One Commando - Rhodesia's Last Years, the Guerrilla War - Dick Gledhill~The author’s fictionalized account of his service in the elite parachute battalion, One Commando, the Rhodesian Light Infantry, during the height of the guerrilla war. A cracker of a story; action-packed all the way. Well balanced and intriguing.
    ISBN 1 919874 35 6 Second Edition, 177 x 112mm, 21 b/w photos. ~~One Commando|ISBN 1919874356|~10999~1438~One Commando - Rhodesia%27s Last Years, the Guerrilla War - Dick Gledhill~
    The Rain Goddess - Peter Stiff~The Rain Goddess is an explosive novel set in the highly volatile area of Senga on the north-eastern border of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the mid 1960s and early 1970s. The powerful drama erupts as the British South Africa Police, later joined by the Rhodesian Army and supported by the Air Force, struggle against communist backed guerrillas who use violence and torture to intimidate tribesmen to follow their cause. This is a excellent work of fiction based on fact.~~The Rain Goddess|ISBN 1919854061|~10999~4852~~
    King's Gold - Glenn Macaskill~Written by a former member of the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe BSA Police, this work of fiction based on informative fact, is set in Zimbabwe and South Africa, firstly during the Matabele massacres by the Zimbabwe Army Fifth Brigade in the 1980s and latterly during 2000 when a tragic dark cloud descended upon Zimbabwe. ~~King%27s Gold|ISBN 0620310022|~10999~4851~~
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