In Salisbury, the capital of white minority ruled Rhodesia, it is hard to find outward signs that the country is fighting for its survival.
In Salisbury, the capital of white minority ruled Rhodesia, it is hard to find outward signs that the country is fighting for its survival. But Umtali, the country's third city, which is much nearer Mozambique, came under rocket and mortar attack from over the border recently and there is a general feeling in the town that the fight has already begun.
SYNOPSIS: The welcome sign doesn't apply to Frelimo guerrillas from neighbouring Mozambique -- and to make the point clear most of the traffic along the roads to the traffic along the roads to the border is Rhodesian army vehicles looking for intruders. The troops know that they will not see much. Most of the men filtering through from Mozambique keep away from the roads except to lay mines, but Umtali's horizons are bounded in every direction by mountains and without these patrols the roads could quite easily be cut.
Guerrillas ambushed an armed convoy and launched further rocket and mortar attacks on Rhodesian tea estates from Mozambique, a Rhodesian government communique said on Wednesday (18 August). The attacks like that on Umtali earlier in the week, are probably in revenge for the Rhodesian raid on a Nationalist guerrilla camp in Mozamibique last Sunday (15 August). The Rhodesians reported more than 340 people killed in the operation.