An exemplary WW2 history giving a description of the Southern Rhodesian contribution to the Allied cause in WWII. A great many white Southern Rhodesians served overseas with non-Rhodesian units – The Royal Air Force, King’s African Rifles, Royal West African Frontier Force, Royal Artillery, 6th South African Armoured Division, etc.- so the author is obliged to bounce around the world while trying to cover their diverse services in the various theatres of war. Despite the scale of his work, he succeeds in keeping track of them, and at the same time, mentioning many by name (thus making the Index a valuable aid to the researcher). He also covers in good detail the work done by the Colony’s own integral units 4th Rhodesian anti-tank Bty RA, 17th Rhodesia Field Bty RA, Rhodesian African Rifles, etc. This scarce (in its original printing) history concludes with an Index for both volumes. Apps: Roll of Honour (Europeans and Africans, arranged alphabetically, showing their surnames and initials, various statistics for numbers of men who served casualties, and awards.
WAR HISTORY OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA VOL. I & 2
The small and much-maligned white community of Southern Rhodesia ( today’s Zimbabwe) made a contribution to the Allied cause in the Second World War out of all proportion to its size. This exemplary two volume history covers all services and all theatres of the war in which Rhodesians served with such distinction.
J. F. Macdonald
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2013 N&M Press reprint (original pub 1947 & 1950). SB. Two matching volumes xiv+353pp.& 320pp Coulour + b&w Illustrations + Maps
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