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Zambezi Valley Insurgency: Early Rhodesian Bush War Operations (Africa@War Series 5) Paperback – 15 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (15 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907677623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907677625
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 0.5 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Africa@War is a ground-breaking series concept, studying Africas conflicts and military players in an informative and entertaining manner, examining some of the lesser-known campaigns and shedding new light on some of the better-known operations ... Both titles are great models of what the combination of authors and publishers can produce by way of useable case studies for the market place in a concise illustrated format. They are recommended as professional military education references. --Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, U.S. MarineCorps

Each of the books in this series is a well-documented and researched synopsis of the events that they are focused upon. They layouts and presentation are logical and of a very high quality ... As an introduction to this field of operation, this series is outstanding. A definite asset for those wishing to improve their knowledge and understanding of the development of successful, multi-faceted doctrine in the fight against insurgent/asymmetric war. --Major Chris Buckham, Royal Canadian Air Force Journal

Each of the books in this series is a well-documented and researched synopsis of the events that they are focused upon. They layouts and presentation are logical and of a very high quality ... As an introduction to this field of operation, this series is outstanding. A definite asset for those wishing to improve their knowledge and understanding of the development of successful, multi-faceted doctrine in the fight against insurgent/asymmetric war. --Major Chris Buckham, Royal Canadian Air Force Journal

Each of the books in this series is a well-documented and researched synopsis of the events that they are focused upon. They layouts and presentation are logical and of a very high quality ... As an introduction to this field of operation, this series is outstanding. A definite asset for those wishing to improve their knowledge and understanding of the development of successful, multi-faceted doctrine in the fight against insurgent/asymmetric war. --Major Chris Buckham, Royal Canadian Air Force Journal

About the Author

Richard Wood BA (Hons) (Rhodes), PhD (Edinburgh), FRHistS was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He was educated at St George's College in Salisbury (Harare), Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Edinburgh University, Scotland. He was a Commonwealth scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Research Fellow at the University of Rhodesia and a Professor of History at the University of Durban-Westville. He has written three definitive publications on post-Second World War Rhodesian politics: The Welensky Papers; So Far and No Further! and A Matter of Weeks rather than Months. He is a renowned military historian, having served as a territorial soldier in the Rhodesia Regiment, and the Mapping & Research Unit of the Rhodesian Intelligence Corps. He is also author of The War Diaries of André Dennison (1989), Counter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush, 1974-1980 (2009) and Operation Dingo: Rhodesian Raid on Chimoio and Tembué, 1977 (2010). He lives in Durban, South Africa with his wife Carole.


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I was in the South African Defence Force from 1970 - 1990 and have bought a number of books from Amazon on the Southern African wars. But I was most disappointed when I received this item in the post. It is not a book, but merely a 32 page magazine printed both sides. Half is about outside elements that do not refer to the conflicts, while the rest is made up with a number of photos, some of which are poor. There is no introduction or foreword in the item, and for my £14 plus postage, I feel that I was grossly overcharged. J Richards
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Great book from a great author describing the onset of the terrorist campaign against the best ruled, most well ordered country in Africa. Liberals won't agree with that but then again in their world view the truth is an inconvenience to be ridiculed, sidelined and airbrushed from history (after it has been made a criminal offence).
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The mass of detail contained in it does not bog the reader down. it is an incredibly well written and absorbing book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e2e6918) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x8e2fc4b0) out of 5 stars The Bush War Heats Up!! 20 July 2012
By T.A.L. Dozer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Bush War Heats Up!!

"Zambezi Valley Insurgency: Early Rhodesian Bush War Operations" by J.R.T. Wood, who is considered one of the world's leading historians on Rhodesian and Zimbabwean political and military history. This book is the fifth volume in the "Africa@War" series. This book focuses on early counter-insurgency operations in the Zambezi Valley area of operation between 1966 through 1970. The book delves in to the first phase of the Bush War were the Rhodesian Security Forces cut their teeth in combat operations while honing their individual and joint tactics, techniques and procedures, emerging as a formidable counter-insurgency fighting force. Each operation during this period is covered in pretty good detail considering the overall page count. As well, the supporting diagrams, maps and photos are excellent, with many I have never seen published before. The format of the book reminds me kind of like the Osprey line of books but with a whole lot more detail. The book is also physically larger at approximately 13.5"x 10.5" which is not a standard size print, but it works well with the format.

Named operations covered;

* Pagoda I
* Yokel
* Cantata
* Pagoda II
* Grampus
* Yodel
* Vermin
* Cantata II
* Glamour
* Pantechnicon
* Husk
* Isotope I
* Nickel
* Isotope II
* Bonfire
* Breeze
* Sculpture
* Cauldron
* Cosmic
* Flotilla
* Glove
* Griffin
* Mansion
* Excess
* Gravel
* Tripper
* Oyster
* Lurcher
* Horizon
* Birch
* Teak
* Chestnut
* Pluto
* Granite
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e8e2744) out of 5 stars Rhodesian Bush War 13 April 2013
By K.Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
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Execellent, Excellent ,Excellent.

Dr.J.R.T. Woods has written an outstanding booklet on the early days of the Rhodesian Bush War. This small compact booklet gives tons of information and is chock full of maps and photo's. I wont give you details other then the price of the booket is worht very penny! A must buy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9060693c) out of 5 stars On Of The Best Books 25 Aug. 2012
By Thomas Spruck - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was Zambeziy was a great book about war in Rhodesine. It is best books. Did read the book just one day and did like the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91cc0fa8) out of 5 stars Good book 1 Nov. 2013
By J. BECK - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a really interesting book to read. I think anyone interested in this will enjoy it. It is definitely a keeper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ea1ba08) out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 April 2015
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Great factual representation
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