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The author was a Rhodesian policeman during the Bush War days. His first involvement with the war came when he was member-in-charge of Macheke Police Station. Groups of infiltrating ZANLA guerrillas moved into the area and embarked on a murderous campaign targeting both black and white civilians.

The war throughout the country escalated and indiscriminate acts of terror like the bomb detonated in a Woolworths branch in Salisbury that killed 12 black shoppers and wounded another 76, the June 1978 massacre by ZANLA of nine white missionaries and four children — one a three week old baby, the shooting down of a Viscount airliner and the subsequent massacre of survivors and countless other terrible incidents decided him to join the elite Police Support Unit which comprised 12 companies of fighting policemen, most of them black.

The Black Boots, as the were known, were as smart or smarter than the Brigade of Guards on parade, and as fighting men they matched or surpassed any elite fighting unit anywhere in the world.

Lemon fought through numerous engagements and contacts until the war ended with the elections in 1980 that brought Robert Mugabe to power and Rhodesia became the new state of Zimbabwe .

But for him the war was far from over and in November 1980 his fighting Charlie Company and the Rhodesian African Rifles were engaged in serious fighting attempting to keep ZIPRA and ZANLA guerrillas away from each others throats in Bulawayo . Fighting again broke out in February 1981 when ZIPRA forces failed in their bid to capture Bulawayo from government forces.

Meanwhile, Mugabe had formed his 5-Brigade (the Gukuruhundi) — comprising ex-ZANLA guerrillas trained by the North Koreans — which embarked on a campaign of genocide against Ndebele civilians in Matabeleland . They murdered their way through the province killing an estimated 15 000 to 30 000 people.

Appalled by this terror campaign and frustrated by the drop in standards the author resigned from the police and left the country in 1983.

This book contains important information as well as photographs regarding President Robert Mugabe’s attempted genocide of the Ndebele nation using his notorious Northern Korean-trained 5- Brigade.

Paperback, 268 pages with photos. Published November 2000

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