• Short Summary

    MR PIETER VAN DER BYL, DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTER IN MR SMITH'S GOVERNMENT, SAID IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT RHODESIA WOULD NOT HESITATE TO CARRY OUT A SCORCHED EARTH POLICY IF BRITAIN SENT TROOPS.

  • Description

    MR PIETER VAN DER BYL, DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTER IN MR SMITH'S GOVERNMENT, SAID IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT RHODESIA WOULD NOT HESITATE TO CARRY OUT A SCORCHED EARTH POLICY IF BRITAIN SENT TROOPS. THE 44 YEAR-OLD DEPUTY-MINISTER COMPARED THE DETERMINATION OF RHODESIANS NOW TO THAT OF THE RUSSIANS IN FACE OF GERMAN MILITARY ADVANCES IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    SO FAR MR SMITH HASN'T COMMENTED ON BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON'S PROPOSAL FOR AN INTERIM RHODESIAN RECONSTRUCTION GOVERNMENT. IT WAS THOUGH THAT MR SMITH MIGHT MEET YESTERDAY WITH RHODESIA'S CHIEF JUSTICE SIR HUGH BEADLE, WHO RETURNED TO SALISBURY AFTER TOP-LEVEL TALKS IN LONDON. BUT INSTEAD MR SMITH LEFT THE CAPITAL FOR HIS FARM, SOME 200 MILES (320 KILOMETRES) TO THE SOUTH.

    OUR REPORTERS SPOKE TO MR PIETER VAN DER BYL SHORTLY AFTER HIS SPEECH WHEN HE SAID THAT RHODESIA WOULD ADOPT A SCORCHED EARTH POLICY.......

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2XW7NB096P7XDHOZYQW7UCVMD
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XW7NB096P7XDHOZYQW7UCVMD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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