Despite the lessons of the Angolan war, white mercenaries are still being recruited for work in Rhodesia.
Despite the lessons of the Angolan war, white mercenaries are still being recruited for work in Rhodesia. According to a recent Reuters report (20 July), Rhodesia's security forces are receiving up to 80 per cent of their new recruits from an extensive network of agents in white non-communist countries.
SYNOPSIS: The most recent attack in Rhodesia by rebel forces was on a white-owned farm like this where mortars and rockets, as well as small-arms were used. Now most white farmers have expensive and well-armed defence systems. They carry weapons whenever they leave the security of their homes. Rhodesia's white army has an extensive training programme for its black troops, but, at least one cabinet minister has openly expressed support for the principle of recruiting white mercenaries. White Rhodesians themselves are being conscripted into the security forces, even women have to undergo extensive training.
But Rhodesian recruits have been joined by South Africans, Britons, West Germans, Australians, New Zealanders and Americans, in training for war against the guerrillas. Recruits receive up to forty pounds sterling (about seventy dollars US) each week. Far less than the hundred and fifty pounds (two hundred and fifty dollars US) which the Angolan mercenaries were offered.
In the British newspapers no reference is made to the pay, nor the nature of the work which the men will receive if they answer the advertisements. Recruiting for Rhodesia in Britain is against the law. Offenders can be imprisoned for two years, but in a small house in an English town, mercenary recruiter Les Aspin spoke openly about the system which enables soldiers to join the fight to preserve the minority Government of Rhodesia.
In fact Mr. Aspin has a system which enables men to go to fight black African guerrillas without the intervention of Government.