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Peter Gibbs was born in London in 1903, educated at Aldenham, and lived in Bulawayo since 1936. A number of his books have been published in London and New York. He served in the BSA Police Reserve for 21 years, retiring with the rank of reserve superintendent. He was awarded the MBE in 1964. He is deceased.

Hugh Phillips was born in the UK and immigrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1951 to join the BSAP. He attained the rank of assistant commissioner prior to his retirement after nearly 30 years' service. Prior to returning to the UK in 2002, he was involved, without success, in liaison activities between the Commercial Farmers Union and Zimbabwean government in efforts to bring a more pragmatic outlook and policy towards the white farm invasions. Hugh wrote Part 3 of this history, covering the period from 1939 to 1980.

Nick Russell joined the BSAP as a cadet in 1975 and served at Sinoia and Kariba before attending Morris Depot where he formed part of the mounted squad for the opening of parliament. After graduation he was posted to uniform-branch duties at Mount Darwin and substations in the district. He transferred to Special Branch and spent two years, mostly in the Mt Darwin area, until the cessation of hostilities. He now lives in Australia.

The BSAP held the honour of occupying the Right of the Line-one of the greatest police forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth

In 1889 Cecil John Rhodes was granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria to settle Mashonaland, in what was to become Southern Rhodesia. So was formed the British South Africa Company; its regiment of troopers raised to protect the occupying Pioneer Column dubbed the British South Africa Police, the BSAP. From the 1893 Matabele War, the 1896 Mashona Rebellion and the Jameson Raid, the Anglo-Boer War, through both world wars and finally to the bitter Rhodesian bush war of the 1960s and '70s, troopers and officers of this fine regiment of policemen, both black and white, were proudly to the fore, in civilian and military roles ... until the disbandment of the Force in 1980 when the country became the independent Zimbabwe.



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I recently purchased The History of The British South Africa Police 1889 - 1980. I found it to be superb, a true and accurate history of a first class, professional Police Force.

Having served for over 31 years as a Police Officer in the U.K . from Constable to Senior Officer, I found this book fascinating and extremely informative. I especially enjoyed the way that the book is divided into sections, by the three authors, all of whom, served as Police Officers in The British South African Police, and therefore speak and write with personal knowledge of the Force and from personal experience. All in all an excellent book for anybody who has an interest in the former British Empire and especially Colonial Police Forces and how they operated.


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