The Rhodesian Bush War and the Rise and Fall of Zimbabwe /// 55

The Rhodesian Bush War was just the start of modern Zimbabwe’s tragedy. In today’s special double episode we pick up where we left off: in the middle of the bloody Rhodesian Bush War. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives in the conflict. Hundreds of thousands more lost everything they owned in the struggle.… Continue reading The Rhodesian Bush War and the Rise and Fall of Zimbabwe /// 55

The Rhodesian Bush War – a Forgotten African War /// 54

The Rhodesian Bush War was one of the bloodiest conflicts since the Second World War. Tens of thousands were killed. Tens of thousands more were wounded. Hundreds of thousands of African civilians were moved from their ancestral homes and concentrated in “protective villages” – a massive movement of population that in itself demonstrates the tremendous… Continue reading The Rhodesian Bush War – a Forgotten African War /// 54

A Military History of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe: The First Chimurenga /// 53

The First Chimurenga was a near simultaneous uprising by the veteran warriors of the Ndebele tribe and their former serfs of the Shona tribe against the few thousand settlers who had colonized Rhodesia during the first decade of its existence. Tens of thousands of people died – including many women and children – no one… Continue reading A Military History of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe: The First Chimurenga /// 53

A Military History of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe: The First Matabele War /// 52

In 1890, the country of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe did not exist. What did exist were two regions dominated by the Ndebele tribe, a tribe who broke off from the battle-hardened Zulu. The area of modern-day Zimbabwe was called Matabeleland and Mashonaland. The Ndebele ruled over the Shona like Spartans over Helots. In the early 1890s, British settlers… Continue reading A Military History of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe: The First Matabele War /// 52