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Published on Jul 21, 2015

notes: col print
location: rhodesia
title: rhodesian troops
serviced date: 05/18/78
no: inc 93272
date shot: recent
length: 60ft
seconds: 96
sound: natural
date of arrival:

film shows: rhodesian troops in jungle tracking down guerrillas and disarming land mines in rhodesia's increasingly violent civil guerrilla war.

lead in: eye witnesses to the rhodesian security forces anti-guerrilla action last sunday (14 may) have cast doubt on the authorities figure of fifty civilains killed.

the witnesses put the figure at more than ninety and they also cast doubt on the rhodesian military command's description of the circumstances surrounding the anti- guerrilla operation.

the announcement of the action has brought strong pressure from black politicians in the interim government for an official inquiry into the incident.......the worst involving civilians since the black nationalist war began in december 1972.

feet r/secs
10 16 gv troops in field
15 24 ms troops with guns into bush
20 32 cu officer giving orders
24 38 cu track into bush
28 45 cu officer speaking
32 51 cu officers organising troops
35 56 ms bombs being dragged away
41 65 cu bomb
44 70 ms troops
48 77 cu bomb
50 80 ms african family pointing
60 96 ms troops into jungle

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but despite the latest tension caused by the latest killings of civilians which the government authorities put down to the " shooting of fifty curfew breakers" the war between the the government forces and rhodesian nationalist guerrillas continues. this operation began when four suspected guerrillas were spotted heading towards salisbury through the surrounding bush.

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the level of violence is as high as ever in rhodesia but now the war appears to be drawing closer to salisbury. and the hard pressed military forces are being pushed to supply enough cover to plug the ever increasing gaps in the government's defense lines. and although this mission was successful from the government's point of view with the four guerrillas killed, there are thousands more to take their place.

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but despite the success of this operation the war continues with the guerrillas planting land mines. there is hardly a day that goes by without reports of vehicles being blown up by such mines and it is dangerous to venture too far out of of salisbury for fear of being attacked or tripping such a mine. local africans sometimes reveal where the guerrillas are hiding but more often than not they are too scared to talk and so they remain caught between the two sides fighting this increasingly bloody civil war.

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