To: Thunder 6
I discovered the struggle for Rhodesia while doing internet research for a paper at command and staff college. The army struck me as both noble and brave, defending what they must have known was the end of their way of life.
My involvement was just a bit more personal,m but you're spot-on about the nobility and courage of the troopies, at least that I saw displayed by the EM, most of the NCOs and junior officers. That can't be said for some of the more senior personnel unfortunately, the most notorious of whom was probably Slick Richie Stannard.
Sad to see what has become of the country they and their ancestors built.
True that, though of course it's not quite all over yet. But it's certainly been a hard couple of decades for those of the RAR.
posted on 07/15/2010 8:52:40 PM PDT
(Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam)
Archy, you are probably familiar with this book...I thought it quite good.
Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier By Alexandra Fuller
posted on 07/15/2010 9:31:25 PM PDT
("It is terrible to contemplete how few politicians are hanged." - G.K. Chesterton, 1921)
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