The Rhodesian Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, warned the Government of Mozambique on Thursday (17 June)?
GLV Rhodesian flag on fence of border with Mozambique
CU PAN UP FROM Claymore Mine on fence post TO GV border area
CU ZOOM BACK Farmer Gerard Farge and wife talking with police reservist outside house
SV & CU PAN Wire fence and windows shuttered around house (2 shots)
LV Farmer, wife and reservist walk past fence
SV PAN FROM Armed reservist TO farmer looking at coffee crop (3 shots)
LV PAN FROM African huts TO African digging (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM AFRICAN digging TO GV hills
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Rhodesian flag TO army chaplain talking with black and white troops at forward post
PLESSIS: "Some of you have your own ideas or thoughts on these matters; I don't want to jam one line of thinking down your throat. Our greatest enemy is not the ter. Our greatest enemy is not the ter. Our greatest enemy is the thought that motivates him -- the driving force, the philosophy, the ideology. And that ideology is a God-defying atheistic ideology."
The Rhodesian Herald accused the forces of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) of having mounted Wednesday's attack on the Mount Selinda area. The paper said that two 122 mm. rockets were fired, but both landed inside Mozambique. After the attack FRELIMO troops were seen digging into trenches class to the border.
In an editorial on Thursday (17 June) the newspaper said that continued attacks by FRELIMO in the Mount Selinda area, were creating a dangerous flashpoint.
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Background: The Rhodesian Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, warned the Government of Mozambique on Thursday (17 June) that if Mozambique tolerated and encouraged terrorists, then Rhodesian security forces would indulge in hot pursuit to deal with them. Speaking in a television broadcast from Salisbury, he said Rhodesian troops only went across borders when they were satisfied that they were being attacked by guerrillas operating form neighbouring territory.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Smith's remarks came after Rhodesia's border post at Mount Selinda, near the Mozambique border, came under fire from positions inside Mozambique on Wednesday. Claymore mines attached to fences are just one indication of the high security operation now being mounted in the area by the Rhodesian authorities. Farmer Gerard Farge and his wife are just one couple who are learning to live with the ever-present threat of guerrilla attacks.
The Rhodesian Herald newspaper reported that Wednesday's attack, including rocket, mortar and small arms fire, lasted 15 minutes. No casualties were reported. it was said to be the third such attack on the post. The newspaper said there had been a similar attack on the post last Monday, and another on the previous Thursday. During the first incident, Rhodesian jet fighters destroyed mortar positions, and an ammunition dump inside Mozambique. In his broadcast, Mr. Smith rejected suggestions that his government were inhibiting the military from taking more forceful retaliation.
However, troop morale is given high priority -- a job Army chaplain, Dani du Plessis assists with.