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
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
Forty-two White army veterans joined the Carlist Requeté militias during the Spanish Civil War.
Since I am not an expert on Christopher Columbus, I do not feel qualified to write extensively about him or his life. However, I do feel inclined to celebrate Columbus Day, due to the recent push to get rid of this holiday, by smearing both Columbus and colonialism as a whole. While others made it… Continue reading Happy Columbus Day
Finding interviews archived by the Veterans History Project, I have compiled just a handful of these - four to be exact - to summarize in this article. The full interviews are linked throughout the article, as I only quote select portions I believe especially interesting or relevant.
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
"What indeed decided me to take up arms for the Nationalist cause? I had no Spanish connections, I had never visited the country, and I spoke not one word of the language; nor was my impulse religious, for I was not a Catholic. Of of my two principal motives, the first can be summarized tritely as 'a thirst for adventure.'"