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RIVONIA UNMASKED by Lauritz Strydom

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An account of the Rivonia trial in 1963 and 1964 in which Mandela and a number of other ANC and Communist Party members were convicted of conspiring to overthrow the South African government through violence and acts of sabotage. Their plans included the deployment of thousands of foreign-trained ANC guerrillas to commit acts of terrorism throughout the country and cause chaos. The book includes photos of some of the victims of their initial terrorist operations.

Ceremonial Parade, 8th December 1963

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Ceremonial Parade - Farewell to Sir Roy Welensky
Illustrated magazine-format booklet published to commemorate the final parade of the Rhodesia and Nyasaland Army in honour of the Federal Prime Minister, Sir Roy Welensky, and the end of the Federation.

Gayre-The Origin of the Zimbabwean Civilisation

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Never before, perhaps, did an author set out so deliberately to debunk a theory than R. Gayre of Gayre, who was an archaeologist trained "under one of the foremost archaeologists in this century, Professor V. G. Childe, at Edinburgh University". Dr. Gayre directly refutes the works of scholars such as David Randall-MacIver, Gertrude Caton-Thompson and Roger Summers, who favoured the idea that Zimbabwe was built by Bantu during the second millenium AD. Gayre said: "The pro-Bantu school is wholly wanting in any merit and since it is this one which has taken the stage, and whose views are repeated from textbook to textbook and in every popularising account of the proto-historic megalithic civilisation of Rhodesia, it is this myth which must be exploded once and for all if a gross distortion of racial history is not to be perpetuated."
The Zimbabwe Ruins were discovered by Adam Renders in 1868 and explored by Karl Mauch in 1871. Early writers such as Mauch, Bent and Hall believed them to be non-Bantu and equated these ruins with those of south-eastern Himyaritic and Sabaean or pre-Koranic Arabia.
Randall Maclver, who was sent to Rhodesia by the British Association in 1905, and spent only a short time examining the ruins, was the first to describe them as medieval and Bantu in origin.
Gayre of Gayre returns to the Sabaean theory, maintaining that the Lemba tribe in the extreme north of South Africa are partly Semitic, having descended (through their male line) from the judaized Sabaeans of southern Arabia. And his theory has now been supported by recent research. As McNaughton points out, "Some years ago, Tudor Parfitt and his colleagues at the University of London carried out a detailed analysis of the DNA of the Lemba tribe. Particularly surprising was the discovery that members of its most senior clan displayed the Cohen Modal Haplotype, which is a distinctive feature of Jewish priesthood. This genetic pattern is carried by the Y-chromosome, so it is passed through the male line." The Sabaeans had been Judaized and during the subsequent invasions of Saba, which is today known as the Yemen, these Arabs, now Jewish by religion, fled to their colonies in the south, particularly Rhodesia, and are believed by the author to have been the principal force behind the Zimbabwean civilisation.
His interpretation of the known facts is convincing. In his account he builds up evidence from the geography of the region, through the history of East Africa and its trade and mineral resources. The ruins, of course, are associated with widely distributed mining activity in gold and, at Inyanga, with an enormous area planned for terraced irrigation, which was never a Bantu system. In various parts of Rhodesia, plants such as cotton, rice, fig trees, jasmine, yam, sugar cane and lemons, all of them not indigenous to Southern Africa, have been found growing in a wild state.

Ancient Zimbabwe by David L. McNaughton
A detailed article, complete with notes, bibliography and useful links on the subject of Great Zimbabwe and the Lemba can be found at:
Ancient Zimbabwean Civilisation
Who built the stone temples and mined the gold? And did the Lemba tribe have a Jewish origin? A summary appears at Ancient Zimbabwe and the Lemba Tribe- based on an unpublished letter to Scientific American

See also:
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Published by Rhodesia Mission Press in 1969, this small but detailed book is about the BaLemba, who are found in discrete groups in parts of Rhodesia and the Northern Transvaal. They are undoubtedly of Arab origin, and all the evidence indicates that their two sections are the descendants of two Arab Mohammedan refugee peoples who fled to the East Coast of Africa, and then inland to Rhodesia. The first group - the followers of Suleiman and Said fled from Oman in 684 A.D., and the second group, the followers of Zaid, fled from the Yemen in (circa) 720 A.D. This book gives reasons for believing that these two Arab peoples were the builders of Great Zimbabwe, the makers of the Inyanga Terraces, and the engineers of the ancient mines found throughout Rhodesia.

With thanks to Brakpan AGF in South Africa for providing a scanned version of this rare book.

Rhodesia Before 1920

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Illustrated booklet showing photographs and items displayed at the exhibition "Rhodesia Before 1920" in September 1975 at the National Gallery of Rhodesia, opened by the Honourable Clifford Dupont, President of Rhodesia. In his address Dupont stated that action had to be taken to preserve what there was of historical value in Rhodesia before it disappeared forever. Little did he know at the time how prophetic that statement would be...

Illustrated Life Rhodesia, 1978

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A short article, published by Illustrated Life Rhodesia in 1978 on the Hunters of One Squadron based at Thornhill Air Force Base.

Rhodesia Accuses

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Rhodesia Accuses - The book the British Government of the time tried to ban - not least because it contained photos of the black victims of the terrorist groups that the British wanted to put into positions of power in Rhodesia. As the author put it, a British policy of "the unconscious furthering of the ends of evil in the name of all that is most holy." For the first time the British were able to read a full-length book giving the Rhodesian version of the causes of U.D.I. and the double standards that had been used by their own government to force the Rhodesians to accept the downward spiral of a so-called "one-man-one-vote" system that would lead to the destruction of their country and the creation of yet another bankrupt banana republic... today known as the Zimbabwe of Robert Mugabe...

Now Men and Tomorrow Men

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In his first book "Now Men and Tomorrow Men", G. Mes expounded a new theory - that in the scale of evolution the transition from the ape-man to man occurred not when his skull took on a different shape but when his mind became conscious of the future and lifted him out of the paradise of the present, which is that of the animal world. This occurred not on the day that our ancestor made his first tool or weapon but on the day that he remembered to keep the stick or stone which had come fortuitously in his hands because of the nature of the terrain where he had just used it, in a contest. He henceforth would have a weapon at hand whatever the nature of the terrain and could of course gain a great advantage over his enemies by choosing the battleground. From then on the choosing, shaping and making of weapons and tools followed automatically together with all the advantages to be thus gained over an adversary who did not know of his future existence. This faculty of a future-sense developed sporadically and at a different pace in different parts of the world until man of today could be broadly classed into three categories, without clear boundaries but broadly typical of the extent of such development: The man of the east whose future-sense had reached eternity, making him in his thinking a fatalist - merely a link in the chain of eternity. The Bantu of Africa with a very short future-sense and the happier for it because of his ability to enjoy the present without much concern for the future, and the White man of Western Europe with a short to medium future-sense, the restless go-getter to whom is denied the restful resignation of his fatalistic long-futured or happy short-futured fellow man.

Mr White Man, What Now?

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Mr White Man What Now applies GM Mes's theory to the rise and fall of past civilisations. Step by step and with logical sequence he brings us to the rise of our present "Western Civilisation." He pinpoints its advent with the development of the firearm and the ability of the medium-futured to use it because of his approach to life, based on the "survival of the fittest" in a world which to him had a sufficient future to justify such use. The short-futured are satisfied to fight today without much thought of tomorrow. The very long-futured regard fighting as pointless in the scheme of things. The white man with his gun saw the advantages. He could shoot the taboos out of the Gods of the short-futured and subdue the long-futured ones who were not much interested in who governed, as such, because all they wanted was to be left alone, provided life was not made too unendurable while it lasted. The white man, with his gun in his hand saw the advantages of being the "master" and of course, taking the bounty. He put his gun to use, thus becoming the ruler of the world and wealth with ease and luxury in sight. Two devastating world wars, however, have made him tired of carrying the burdens of overlordship. In his flight from the responsibilities created by his past conduct the white man is withdrawing his white policemen all over the world, leaving his wards without the machinery by which they governed themselves before his advent, but in its stead a "Whitehall constitution" which is workable only where the population is medium-futured. To salve his conscience the white man has created the platitudes of "human rights" and "all men are equal" and throws up his hands in horror when he sees his fledgling, newly independent democracy turning within a year or two into an autocracy or a dictatorship in which the new state has simply exchanged its white-man master for a black-man master or a tyrant.

Cheetah RLI Souvenir Oct1980

Cheetah RLI Souvenir October 1980

The final issue of the RLI magazine, an extra large souvenir issue of 63 pages, complete with colour illustrations. PDF file.

Lion Guardant

Lion Guardant is the story of the part played by Southern Rhodesian troops in the African Campaigns during the first three years of the war, by J.F. MacDonald, published in Salisbury, S. Rhodesia, 1945. PDF file.

Lion Guardant

How to be a Good Communist

The text of a handwritten manuscript by Nelson Mandela, produced as part of the evidence at his trial in 1963. All the accused, including Mandela, denied being communist saboteurs and terrorists. Many of his subsequent speeches and statements to this day, praising communist countries and their dictators while condemning the West, belie that claim.

It has been obvious that numerous individuals were Marxist-Leninists, serving the party with their whole heart; yet they were never listed in any official government publication, or proven to be such in any court of law. Some of the most dangerous people in South Africa are not those whose names appear as listed communists in the Government Gazette. Rather, they are those whose names should appear, but don't.
A History of Communism in South Africa - Henry R. Pike, 1988

The Farmer at War

The Farmer at War was published in Rhodesia in 1979 while the Lancaster House talks were in process. It describes the embattled position of the farmers in 1979 and, even more relevant today, concludes that without the farms and farmers there was no future for the country. Includes photos and a Roll of Honour of Farmers and their families killed up to 1979.

Insurgency in Rhodesia, 1957-1973: An Account and Assessment

An early study (1973) of the rise of insurgency in Rhodesia, originally published by the Institute of Strategic Studies in Britain. It covers the early events of the war as well as the Pearce Commission and its aftermath.

A Selection of Rhodesian Booklets
Anatomy of Terrorism

Series of booklets published by the Rhodesian Government in the 1970s to make the world aware of the atrocities being carried out by the terrorist groups of Mugabe and Nkomo. This section consists of several booklets and a selection of graphic photos of the victims of terrorism.

Africa and Communism

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While not specifically about Rhodesia or South Africa, this book gives an overview of events in Africa with specific reference to the Communist advance and threat to both white-ruled countries and is important for an understanding of the background to U.D.I. in Rhodesia and the reluctance of the whites in both countries to accept a transfer to black rule at that time. The book covers the harsh realities of life in black Africa in comparison with the situation in Rhodesia and South Africa.

A History of Rhodesia
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The first book-length history of Rhodesia, by Howard Hensman, published in 1900.

Just 11 years old under the name Rhodesia, the country had already experienced tribal warfare, rebellion, political intrigues, and an involvement in a war beyond its borders. In this short time towns with electricity supplies had been built, a mining industry established, roads and railways constructed and the telegraph lines stretched to the northern frontiers - a unique achievement by the hardy pioneers. This is their story, uncluttered by the anti-colonialist bias and propaganda of later years.

Compiled by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe, March 1997

Matabeleland Report
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This report was compiled by two local non-governmental organisations, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), and presented to President Robert Mugabe in March. It provides shocking evidence that thousands of innocent villagers were starved, tortured and murdered as the army's North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade rampaged through the western and central provinces in the mid1980s in a campaign to suppress veteran nationalist Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (Zapu). While the target of the campaign, codenamed Gukurahundi after the first summer storm, was ostensibly ex-guerrillas loyal to Nkomo, the casualties were overwhelmingly Ndebele-speaking civilians.

G.M. Theal's Records of South Eastern Africa, published in 1899 for the Govt. of the Cape Colony
9 volumes.

Sections of Theal's Records will be added at regular intervals. These will be selected according to their relevance to Rhodesia and South Africa, and will not necessarily be in chronological order.

The Confidential Report
Election in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia 1979

Election in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia 1979 (Part 1)
Election in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia 1979 (Part 2)

This report was made in 1979 by a five-man team, led by Lord Boyd, which was sent to Rhodesia by the Conservative Party to observe the first one-man-one-vote elections in Rhodesia. This copy was obtained from the papers of a former British MP after his death. 

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Rhodesia: Tactical Victory, Strategic Defeat

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USMC Seminar

WAR SINCE 1945 SEMINAR AND SYMPOSIUM: Rhodesia: Tactical Victory, Strategic Defeat <

External Links to Online Books of Interest

The Indaba Rhodesian Library Another excellent source of books on Rhodesia.

Farm Murders - Moolman Online book on the murders of white farmers in South Africa

America's Caesar: The Decline and Fall of Republican Government in the United States of America (Greg Loren Durand) Critical account of Abraham Lincoln

Real Soldiers of Fortune (1911) See the section on the American scout, Burnham.

The Story of the Boers (1900)

The Discovery of the Source of the Nile

Internet Library of Early Journals

March of the Titans History and achievements of the white race

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