Military History

ZANLA and ZIPRA: Terrorists and Poor Fighters

In the bush war, the Rhodesians were faced with an enemy primarily composed of poorly disciplined, yet armed and violent gangs. Instead of going up against proper soldiers, they had to counter the efforts of ideological terrorists and opportunist criminals. These men were trained in Mozambique and Zambia, where apparently the commissars were more worried… Continue reading ZANLA and ZIPRA: Terrorists and Poor Fighters

Military History

The Zielgerät 1229: Nazi Night Vision

Night vision is incredibly valuable in modern warfare. As the name implies, it enables soldiers to see very clearly after dark without revealing their position. This provides a great advantage over anyone who doesn't have night vision. You can see them, but they can't see you - except, perhaps, when your muzzle flashes. In 1935, Allgemeine… Continue reading The Zielgerät 1229: Nazi Night Vision

Military History

“Three Sips of Gin” – Tim Bax’s Experience in the Selous Scouts

Tim Bax's autobiography, Three Sips of Gin, focuses mostly on his military career in the service of Rhodesia, especially his time as a member of the famed Selous Scouts. It is an engaging story, one that provides a valuable glimpse into the bush war and most of Tim Bax's life, who doesn't even begin his… Continue reading “Three Sips of Gin” – Tim Bax’s Experience in the Selous Scouts