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During the fiercest period of the Rhodesian Bush War, the war two Air Rhodesia passenger aircraft, laden with civilians including women and children, were shot down from the sky whilst en route to Salisbury, Rhodesia. 307 more words

Viscount Down


This is an interesting story, told by one of the New Zealand soldier medics, posted to a Rhodesian CEASEFIRE assembly point for terrorists  in southern Matabeleland near Plumtree.   4,534 more words

Rhodesian African Rifles

African Literature Comes of Age

Someplace around the internet there is a reading challenge going on with the subject being African and African writers. Although I have misplaced any notes or posts I may have saved for this challenge, I do remember submitting a half-dozen African titles that I planned (promised?) to read over the next year. 359 more words


Commander Major R. Aikenhead, inspects a guard of honour of the Second Battalion the Kings African rifles

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother accompanied by the guard commander Major R. Aikenhead, inspects a guard of honour of the Second Battalion the Kings African rifles at the great Indaba in the Matotos Hills, near Bullawayo, Rhodesia on July 8, 1957. 34 more words


"Principal Architect" of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, Dies at 84

Traditionally, one does not make disparaging or negative comments about the departed, so we will let the mainstream press do that for us instead. Hal Colebatch, writing in  538 more words

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Grey's Scouts for Rhodesia.

I’ve just finished this batch of mounted infantry for the Bush War in Rhodesia. They are 20mm from Under Fire Miniatures.

They are armed with a variety of FN FALs, FN FAL Heavy Barrels and a shotgun; with four different horse poses to play with there is a fair amount of variation to be had. 27 more words

Straight Out Of The Box: Deep Cleaning, Coming-Clean and Cleaning Up Our Act

With this springtime weather comes the desire to clean – in all it’s manifestations. Here’s a few new books that caught my attention as I unpacked boxes from our book vendor. 270 more words