• Short Summary

    The Rhodesian government is currently carrying out a drastic expansion in its military forces and the emphasis is on increasing the number of black recruits -- partly to prove the war is not a racial conflict between black and white Africa.

  • Description

    The Rhodesian government is currently carrying out a drastic expansion in its military forces and the emphasis is on increasing the number of black recruits -- partly to prove the war is not a racial conflict between black and white Africa.

    The latest official death toll shows that 62 guerrillas, 26 curfew-breakers, 42 African civilians and 11 black and white security force men have died this month. This, coupled with the recent cancellation of exemptions from military call-up, show the rapid escalation of the Rhodesian war.

    Blacks now outnumber whites by two to one in Rhodesia's army, but not a single black soldier has been made an officer.

    Training for the recruits is tough, but the blacks know the bush well. Why they are prepared to risk their lives to defend Rhodesia, with its white-dominated regime is an unanswered question. It is thought the recruits join the army at least partly, for the better pay and security that army life offers.

    Army training facilities are stretched to their limit at present, but the government is hoping to employ even more black soldiers.

    In one mock skirmish, at the Inkomo training camp near Salisbury, recently, the soldiers were so short of blank rounds to fire they often had to improvise.

    In the mock battle the patrol was ambushed by three make-believe guerrillas lurking in the underbrush, who were eventually slain.

    The war games are almost over for those recruits. Next month they will be integrated into the regular army where they may face real situations like they staged at Inkomo.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADWSS1XG3J70YIOMPCHAK85QZ4
    Media URN:
    VLVADWSS1XG3J70YIOMPCHAK85QZ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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