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A third generation Rhodesian tells the story of his upbringing on a farm and his days learning to track and survive in the bush. Later he would use this knowledge in operational conditions during the Rhodesian Civil War.

In classic Special Branch style, you will not find an account of a unit called Pachedu in the history books, but it existed. There are historical facts with covert and overt operations which have never been made public before.

It is a story of trial, battle, friendship and extraordinary life experiences during the bloody Rhodesian war.

Keith Chisnall was born in Sinoia in the farming area of Rhodesia in 1957. He joined the BSA Police and was posted to the Centenary District, right at the start of Operation Hurricane and the civil war which tore through the country. He spent time in the Zambezi Valley and joined Special Branch where he was part of a clandestine operational team. Today he is a professional guide and spends time painting and working with the wild animals he loves.

Paperback, 420 pages. Black and white photos throughout with a 16 page full color insert in the center.

First published March 2018.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Daniel Sullivan
Great book buy it.

So easy to read.The book takes you into the African bush and you get to sence the sounds and smells of the bush.Such bravery and skill in tracking the bad guys.

Colin Riddell

Just read thru your intro. You quote " right at the beginning of Op Hurricane"
The Op was started Dec 1972, which would make him 15 yrs old. He wud only have joined when 17yrs old, at the earliest.
For people who not in the know, accuracy is important!

sean duffy

Watch My Tracer - Keith Chisnall

Thomas Breedt

Watch My Tracer - Keith Chisnall

Swati Bakshi
Moving account of Rhodesia's civil war

This is the poignant and gripping true story of a young man who was swept up in Rhodesia's complex, brutal guerrilla bush war, which dragged on through the 1970's until the new country of Zimbabwe came into existence. Chisnall's book is a moving tribute to the men, both black and white, who fought together with him. His recollections are full of pathos and humor as well as a deep sense of loss and regret. His descriptions of the beauty of the African countryside and its wildlife present vivid portraits.


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