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    RHODESIA/BOTSWANA BORDER POST GVS RHODESIAN IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS BUILDINGS BOTSWANA BLACKS CROSSING BORDER INTO RHODESIA GVS BOTSWANA IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS POST BEYOND BORDER FENCE



    HURRIED SHOTS OF ZAMBIAN COUPLE IN BLUE CAR DRIVING BACK INTO BOTSWANA TO GO TO ZAMBIA GVS RHODESIAN SECURITY FORCES POST AT KAZANGULA SVS FLAG



    SV AND GV SEA EAGLE CIRCLING OVER ZAMBESI RIVER PANS AND SVS ZAMBIA ACROSS RIVER SVS AND GVS BUNKERS AND MORTAR POSITIONS VARIOUS SHOTS RHODESIAN SOLDIERS DOING PT



    SOLDIERS PLAYING CARDS



    OBSERVATION TOWER




    Initials


    THE RHODESIAN SECURITY FORCES POST AT KAZANGULA IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPOSED BASES IN THE COUNTRY. IT IS POSITIONED DIRECTLY OPPOSITE A ZAMBIAN ARMY BASE WITH ONLY ABOUT 1200 METRES OF WATER SEPARATING THE TWO ENEMIES, THE KAZANGULA BASE IS IN THE FAR NORTH-WEST CORNER OF THE COUNTRY AND IT HAS BEEN MORTARED SEVERAL TIMES -THE MOST RECENT ATTACK TAKING PLACE ONLY ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO. THE RHODESIANS USE A 100FT OBSERVATION TOWER TO KEEP WATCH ON THE ZAMBIANS AND DEFEND THE POSITION WITH MORTARS AND OTHER SMALL ARTILLERY. ACCORDING TO THEN THEY ARE CURRENTLY UNDER STRICT ORDER NOT TO FIRE ON ZAMBIAN POSITIONS UNLESS THEY ARE FIRED ON FIRST - I BELIEVE THIS TO BE TRUE - AND CLAIM THEY ARE HAMSTRUNG BY THE POLITICAL SITUATION AND THAT ONLY THE ENEMY HAS THE INITIATIVE. THEY ALSO CLAIM THAT THEIR POST AT MAZANGULA COULD HAVE BEEN "KNOCKED OUT" MANY TIMES IF THE "OPPOSITION WERE ANY GOOD." MOST SOLDIERS SAID THEY WOULD WELCOME AN ATTACK ON THE POST SO THEY COULD GIVE THE "OTHER SIDE A REV UP." MEANWHILE ONLY 10 KILOMETRES TO THE WEST THE RHODESIAN BOTSWANA BORDER IS STILL OPEN AND DOING A REASONABLY BRISK BUSINESS, IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS SAY MANY ZAMBIANS COME INTO RHODESIA (VIA BOTSWANA) TO BUY FOOD. WHILE I WAS THERE THREE ZAMBIANS CAME IN AND TWO WENT OUT..A COUPLE WHO BEEN ACROSS TO SEE A RELATION IN HOSPITAL - THEY DESCRIBED SHORTAGES IN ZAMBIA AS "CRITICAL".

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOGTUIP5DMM9Q4O69DYF5GIWZ
    Media URN:
    VLVACOGTUIP5DMM9Q4O69DYF5GIWZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:09:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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