Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War

Dead Leaves Two Years in the Rhodesian War It is January Groups of nervous dutiful white conscripts begin their National Service with Rhodesia s security forces Ian Smith s minority regime is in its dying days and negotiations towards ma

  • Title: Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War
  • Author: Dan Wylie
  • ISBN: 9781869140052
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is January 1979 Groups of nervous, dutiful white conscripts begin their National Service with Rhodesia s security forces Ian Smith s minority regime is in its dying days and negotiations towards majority rule are already under way For these inexperienced eighteen year olds, there is nothing to do but go on fighting, hold the line while the transition happens around tIt is January 1979 Groups of nervous, dutiful white conscripts begin their National Service with Rhodesia s security forces Ian Smith s minority regime is in its dying days and negotiations towards majority rule are already under way For these inexperienced eighteen year olds, there is nothing to do but go on fighting, hold the line while the transition happens around them This is a textured memoir in which an ordinary troopie grapples with unique dilemmas presented by an extraordinary period in history the spectres of inner violence and death the pressurised arrival of manhood and the place of conscience, friendship and beauty in the pervasive atmosphere of futile warfare.

    One thought on “Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War”

    1. An interesting and honest perspective, but when reading it you have to consider that the author was a washout soldier from officer training and two units before he straightened himself out enough to conduct himself properly. The author is very anti-war, which is neither surprising nor particularly detrimental to the book's quality; however, the author did seem to be continually at odds with himself, which does tend undermine his opinions.

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