World: The Boys in the Bush

The black nationalist rebels of Zimbabwe Rhodesia have come a long way to a ceasefire. In the early days of the war, when they crossed the Zambezi River in dugout canoes carrying rusting shotguns and hunting rifles to make hit-and-run attacks on isolated farms, a white Rhodesian officer dismissed them as "a bunch of bloody garden boys." Such sarcastic putdowns no longer apply. The Soviet-and Chinese-trained "freedom fighters " of the Patriotic Front have been forged into an efficient guerrilla force. Despite their edge in air power, some of Zimbabwe Rhodesia's white-led array...

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