Contact: Rhodesia at War. Contact: a Tribute to Those Who Serve Rhodesia by John Lovett. Rhodesia: Galaxie, 1977. Well illustrated documentary on the Rhodesian armed services in the terror war against the insurgents. Includes detailed lists of participants, Roll of Honour, etc. photos, portraits, illustrations (some in color). Extensive section of Rhodesian medals and awards. Hardbound, large format, 240 pages. When you think of books on the Rhodesian War, this is probably the first and finest that comes to mind..hard to find, esp. in the U.S. We have two, both have the "good" Selous Scouts picture on page 90. This picture created a problem because it included former pilot turned Selous Scout Mike Borlace. Borlace was on a plainclothes spy mission in Zambia, and there was concern about publishing his photo. Subsequent printings replaced this picture with another.
Contact 1, Very Good in like jacket SOLD
   Contact: Rhodesia at War. Contact: a Tribute to Those Who Serve Rhodesia by John Lovett. Rhodesia: Galaxie, 1977. Well illustrated documentary on the Rhodesian armed services in the terror war against the insurgents. Includes detailed lists of participants, Roll of Honour, etc. photos, portraits, illustrations (some in color). Extensive section of Rhodesian medals and awards. Hardbound, large format, 240 pages. When you think of books on the Rhodesian War, this is probably the first and finest that comes to mind...very hard to find, esp. in the U.S. We have two, both have the "good" Selous Scouts picture on page 90. This picture created a problem because it included former pilot turned Selous Scout Mike Borlace. Borlace was on a plainclothes spy mission in Zambia, and there was concern about publishing his photo. Subsequent printings replaced this picture with another.
Contact 1, Very Good, no jacket SOLD
  There was a follow on volume to the above, Contact II.
Contact II: Struggle for Peace by Paul Moorcraft. Johannesburg: Sygma, 1982, reprint of the 1981 edition. Large hardcover, 208 pages, extensively illus. Rounds out the story of the fighting forces of Rhodesia.
Contact 2, Very Good in like Mylar protected jacket. Owner stamp on title page. Signed by Moorcraft SOLD
Contact 2, Very Good in Good jacket. DJ has edge wear and small closed tears. SOLD
   Selous Scouts Top Secret War. Daly, Ron Reid and Peter Stiff. South Africa: Galago, 1982. True First Edition, number 117 of the numbered edition of 1000. Full leather binding in slipcase. Signed by both Reid-Daly and Peter Stiff. Hardcover, 432 pages, photos and maps. Fine in Very Good Plus slipcase. A hard to find piece of Rhodesiana. $400
   Selous Scouts Top Secret War. Daly, Ron Reid and Peter Stiff. South Africa: Galago, 1982. First trade edition. Hardcover, 432 pages, photos and maps. Signed by both Ron Reid-Daly and Peter Stiff. $165
  Pawme Chete by Ron Reid-Daly. Revised edition of Selous Scouts Top Secret War. Extremely scarce trade paperback, especially signed. Signed by Ron Reid-Daly on a sticker on the half title page. As new. $295
   Staying Alive: A Southern African Survival Handbook by Ron Reid-Daly. Gibraltar: Ashanti Publishing, 1990. Hardcover, 259 pages, illus. As new, no jacket as issued.SOLD
   The Elite: The Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service. Cole, Barbara. Amanzimtoti, South Africa: Three Knights, 1984. The true first edition. Full leather binding in slipcase. Signed by Barbara Cole. Limited, numbered edition, 1133 of 1500. Fine in Near Fine slipcase. Hardcover, 449 pages, photos, index. Quality couldn't be nicer, right down to the Rhodesian SAS badge mounted on the front board. $475
   The Elite: The Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service. Cole, Barbara. Amanzimtoti, South Africa: Three Knights, 1985, 3rd edition. Hardcover, 449 pages, photos, index. Fine in Near Fine jacket. $75
   Rhodesian Soldier and Others Who Fought. Lotter Chas. Galago, 1984. Full leather binding in slipcase. Signed by Lotter. Limited, numbered edition, 46 of 500. Fine in Near Fine slipcase. Hardcover, oversized, 111 pages, many photos from the 1970s Rhodesian bush war. $215
   Rhodesian Soldier by Lotter. Standard 1984 Galago edition. Near Fine in VG Plus jacket. SOLD
 

 Images of War. Badcock, Peter. Durban: Graham Publishing, 1981. Large hardcover, 112 pages, profusely illustrated, with full-page photorealistic pencil drawings on right, accompanying verse on facing page. Near Fine in Very Good jacket. "Images of War is a poignant exploration of the human experience of South Africans at war; not this time in a global conflict that left the country's dead in German Africa, Europe, Asia and beyond, but instead along her northern borders, her back to the sea, her face to Africa. Following the extraordinary success of his previous two bestsellers, Shadows of War and Faces of War, in which war artist Peter Badcock graphically recorded the deeply moving and savage Rhodesian conflict, Images examines the spectrum of emotion generated in the heat and bushveld isolation of South and South West Africa's northern border. The work reflects the stark reality of the situation in searching detail, underlining the tension and high drama of the war." $40

Images of War, signed twice by author Badcock $55

   Faces of War. Badcock, Peter and Lotter, Chas. Salisbury: Galaxie Press, 1980. First Edition. Edition de luxe, part of the numbered and signed edition, BUT this one is neither indicating a possible printing overrun. Contains 39 printed pages with superb full-page monochrome illustrations throughout, detailed text opposite. So much an integral element of Zimbabwe Rhodesian life did the olive-khaki-brown camouflage become, that the many-coloured men who wore it blended, in their turn, into a many featured face of war. It is that face that is explored within these pages, arrested in laughter -- shadowed in bitter grief; dust brown in exhaustion -- lost drifting in thought. A face that splinters and fragments into a thousand more. They were the infantry, the engineers, the policemen, the scouts, the pilots and technicians, the vedettes, the reservists and the rest. The were young -- schoolbells not yet a distant echo, and they were old -- greyheads who served in other lands before the young were born. They fought a war that officially did not exist, in a land that some said should not be. They were the Security Forces of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. They were the faces of war. Near new, no slipcase SOLD
   Shadows of War by Peter Badcock. Salisbury: Galaxie Press, 1978. Full leather binding in slipcase. Signed by Badcock. Limited, numbered edition, 994 of 1500. Fine in Near Fine slipcase. Beautiful outsize volume of Badcock drawings and verse about the Rhodesian UDI war, printed in Salisbury at the time. Scarce. SOLD
  Beneath a Rhodesian Sky. Text by Beverly Whyte. Salisbury: Graham Publishing, 1979. Full leather binding in slipcase. Signed by Whyte. Limited, numbered edition, 171 of 250. Fine in Near Fine slipcase. Beautiful outsize volume with color photos of the Rhodesian landscape. 64 pages, photos, tourist map of Rhodesia. $275
   Echoes of an African War. Lotter, Chas Lotter. Covos-Day, 1999. Large hardcover, 197 pages, extensively illustrated, beautifully laid. Out Near Fine book in like jacket. The soldier poet of southern Africa matches his haunting poetry with authentic photos, paintings and sketches to tell the story of the Rhodesian bush war. "Echoes of an African War" follows the story of the teenaged army recruit who exchanged his home and his family for the world of barrack life. It sketches the years, until 1973, when a low-intensity war allowed a young man to explore the African bush. The story then bursts into the late 1970s when the conflict escalated into a vicious civil war. It covers the war's end in 1980, and the subsequent readjustment to civilian life before finishing in 1999, when, as a mature man, he looks back and remembers events that are now history. Most important of all, this work imparts to his children what it looks like to have been been a soldier in Rhodesia's war. Chas Lotter has perfected the magic art of combining pathos and eeriness. His observations are canny and surgically precise as he gradually unfolds his story. SOLD
  Rhodesia. Enchantment of Africa series. Carpenter, Allan and Milan DeLany. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1974. Hardcover. 95 pages, photos, index. Very Good, no jacket. $16
   See You in November: Rhodesia's No-Holds-Barred Intelligence War. Stiff, Peter. South Africa: Galago, 1985. Hardcover, 253 pages, photos. Near Fine in like jacket. The Story of an SAS Assassin. The extraordinary true story of how a British 21 SAS trained explosives expert plotted to kill Robert Mugabe; stopped only hours before carrying out his death mission. SOLD
 

Fireforce by Chris Cocks. South Africa: Galago, 1988. Trade paperback, 255 pages, photos. Very Good Plus. $35

Chris Cocks' journey begins with Fireforce in which he catalogues his three years combat experience in 3 Commando, The Rhodesian Light Infantry. His naivete destroyed by basic training he enters a unit often compared to the French Foreign Legion. This compelling account tells of the combat method developed by the Rhodesians, and perfected by the RLI, involving airborne troops parachuted into action against the never-ending tide of the guerrilla enemy. The mental and physical strain on a Fireforce soldier was almost unbearable ö with ground troops always in desperately short supply, the same men were at times dropped into as many as three contacts a day.

Although Fireforce has been written with an unforgettable pathos and humour, it tells of face-to-face combat in the bush and death at point-blank range. It is a book, which does nothing to glamorize or glorify war. Could also serve as a primer on modern counterinsurgency warfare in Africa.

   Survival Course by Chris Cocks. Johannesburg: Covos-Day, 1999, First Edition. Trade paperback, 210 pages with 16 pages of b&w photos. Story covers Cocks' time with the Rhodesian BSAP (PATU) "Survival Course explores the brutal reality faced by a soldier when he realizes he's now just an ordinary man, no longer the hero,
misunderstood by most and alone in his quest for the "normality" of civilian life. It is a downward spiral into self-recrimination and guilt, the nightmares eased only by the escapism of drug and alcohol abuse. But ultimately the battle is a story of hope and re-awakening." $SOLD
  Birthright. Sharp, Colin Ainsworth. London: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books. Hardcover, 380 pages. Near Fine in Like jacket. Novel of the terror war in Rhodesia and South Africa SOLD
   Red Zambezi by Joe Hale. Ventura, CA: J&T Publishing, 1989. Hardcover, 250 pages. As new condition. Novel of the Rhodesian bush war - but readers will recognize that almost everything in the book as fact based. SOLD
   The White Tribe by Robin Moore. Encampment, Wyoming: Affiliated Writers of America, 1991. Hardcover, 522 pages. Near Fine in VG jacket. Originally written as The Crippled Eagles, this novel of the war in Rhodesia was way too non-PC to find a New York publisher, even for a well known writer like Moore (The Green Berets, The French Connection). A novel, but you'll recognize most of the characters and incidents as fact based. $20
   No Mean Soldier: The Story of the Ultimate Professional Soldier in the SAS and Other Forces by Peter McAleese with Mark Bles. London: Orion, 1993. Hardcover, 373 pages, photos, appendices. Near Fine in like, Mylar protected jacket. Autobiography of a Scottish Parachute Regiment and SAS soldier who also served in the Rhodesian SAS and South African forces. He was a mercenary in Angola, and later involved in anti Pablo Escobar operations in Colombia. Much detail on special operations.SOLD
   Sabotage and Torture by Cole. Amanzimtoti: Three Knights, 1988. Hardcover, 209 pages, b&w photos. The story of the sabotage of the Zimbabwe Air Force planes at Thornhill in Zimbabwe, July 1982, and the subsequent detention, torture, and trial of those accused of sabotage. Near Fine in VG priceclipped jacket. SOLD
   A History of Rhodesia. Blake, Robert. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977, First American Edition. Hardcover, 435 pages. Near Fine in VG jacket .SOLD
   The War Diaries of Andre Dennison. Wood, JRT. Gibraltar: Ashanti Publishing, 1989. Hardcover, 394 pages, photos maps, index. Near Fine condition in Very Good Plus jacket. The author, born in Bulawayo, gives a unique insight into the life of a black infantry company of the Rhodesian African Rifles in the traumatic last five years of the long insurgency war in Rhodesia. Enriched by contributions from the records of the Selous Scouts supplied by Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly as well as a review of the use of Fire Force, that potent combination of helicopters, paratroops and infantry. SOLD
  The Elite Pictorial, Rhodesian Special Air Service. Cole, Barbara. South Africa: Three Knights, 1986. Hardcover, 168 pages, illus. in color and b&w, index. The standard trade edition of this book isn't common, but this is the all but impossible to find numbered and limited true first edition (of 500 copies). Leather bound, and with a Rhodesian SAS badge affixed to the front cover. Signed by author Cole on the title page, where the number (363 of 500) is also shown. Book and slipcase (issued without dustjacket) are in near new condition. One bumped corner to book. $375
  Mukiwa. A White Boy in Africa. Godwin, Peter. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996. Hardcover, 418 pages, map. Near Fine in like jacket. A vivid and moving account of growing up in a British colony (Rhodesia) collapsing into chaos. Begins in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe. Seen through the eyes of a child, the strangeness of Africa is perfectly rendered; it is a magical and frightening world of leopard hunting, witch doctors, lepers, snakes, forest fires and the human autopsies his mother had to conduct. But in the eyes of a boy-soldier and finally as an adult who has returned as a journalist it becomes a land stalked by death and danger.SOLD
   Chimurenga The War in Rhodesia 1965 - 1980. Moorcraft, Paul and McLaughlin, Peter. South Africa: Sygma Books, 1982. Softcover, 262 pages, photos, index. Very Good with normal cover wear. $38
  Politics in Rhodesia: White Power in an African State. Bowman, Larry W. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1973. First Edition. Hardcover, 206 pages with notes, biblio., and index. Good in like jacket. Ex-library with the usual markings. $10
 

One Commando by Gledhill (two different PB editions). Written as fiction, but clearly based on actual events. Great read, lots of bush war combat action with an unsympathetic view of the brutal Marxist enemy. Not a common title.

One Commando: Rhodesia's Last Years & the Guerilla War It Never Lost. A novel by Dick Gledhill. Australia: RLI Books, 1997. Softcover, 218 pages, photos, near fine. $125

   One Commando: Rhodesia's Last Years & the Guerilla War It Never Lost. A novel by Dick Gledhill. South Africa: Covos Day, 2001. Softcover, 218 pages, photos, near fine. $120
   Major Mike by Mike Williams. Ace paperback, 1978, 365 pages. Very Good. Hard to find book by the former commander of Grey's Scouts, a horse mounted Rhodesian Army unit. SOLD
   The Battle for Rhodesia. Reed, Douglas. NY: The Devin-Adair Company, 1967. Hardcover, 150 pages. Near Fine in Very Good Plus jacket.SOLD
   The Real Rhodesia by Ethel Towse Jollie. Bulawayo: Books of Rhodesia, 1971. Volume 19 of the Rhodesiana Reprint Library. Quality reprint of the 1924 original. Full leather binding in slipcase. Near Fine in Near Fine slipcase. Slight discoloration to outside page edges. $55
   The story of Troopiesongs and the Rhodesian Bush War by Edmond, John. Large trade paperback. VG, words and music to Edmond's highly memorable songs from the Rhodesian UDI war. SOLD
  Rhodesian Army recruiting poster. Original, not reprint, in Very Good condition. This one has an infantry theme Size about 22x29" each. SOLD
  Rhodesian Army recruiting poster. Original, not reprint, in Very Good condition. For the Armoured Car Regt. Size about 22x29" each. SOLD

   Rhodesia Remembered DVD. "A unique and vivid account of special forces at war ..." This is a DVD of 3 films with a running time of 107 minutes
1. Main Feature - Rhodesia Remembered
In this vivid screen history Rhodesian soldiers, airmen and some leading figures of the war (including LTC Ron Reid-Daly of the Selous Scouts) tell their story for the first time.
2. DVD Special Feature: The Troopie
This film records the 2008 Service for the Laying up of the Regimental Colours of the Rhodesian Light Infantry
3. DVD Bonus: The Nkomo Assignment
An extraordinary pilot film - prepared for television - tells the true story of a plan hatched by Rhodesian Special Forces to assassinate an African terrorist leader. $24.95

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