Rhodesian War by Paul Moorcroft

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This book depicts the military history of Southern Rhodesia from the first resistance to colonial rule, through the period of U.D.I. (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.

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.


About Paul Moorcroft

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Paul L. Moorcraft directs London's Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis and is a visiting professor at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies. He has been a war correspondent; a military affairs expert for the BBC, Sky, and Al-Jazeera; and an editor of security and foreign policy magazines. He lives in the United Kingdom
Published September 22, 2008 by Pen & Sword. 208 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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