Rhodesia and South Africa: Military History

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"I am the Old Ghost of the Shangani Patrol
And the last bullet will be mine..."

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Updated March 2013
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30-03-2013 - Dave Cooper's (updated and improved) article is back online.

Added: "Lo Spit di Smith" by Dave Cooper, the account of his visit to the Italian region of Liguria and the location of the site at which Ian Smith's Spitfire crashed in June 1944. Amazingly, none of the biographies of Ian Smith or histories of the Rhodesian Air Force give the exact location of his crash other than the general area - the site was located by a group of Italian researchers, who even excavated parts of the actual aircraft. Dave Cooper went on a fact-finding mission as a guest of these Italians, took photographs of the site and surroundings and wrote this account of his trip and the souvenirs he brought back - metal fragments from Ian Smith's original 1944 Spitfire! PDF file.

New in Journals of the Rhodesiana Society

Added: Volumes 21, 22 and 23

Publications of the Rhodesiana Society, from volume one, published in 1957, to volume 40, published in 1979, after which the Rhodesiana Society effectively ceased to exist.

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Updated December, 2012


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Added: Rivonia Unmasked by Lauritz Strydom, an account of the Rivonia sabotage trial in Online Books section.

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