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By Ian Smith

For greater than a decade, Ian Smith served as Rhodesia's leading Minister in the course of the period of white minority rule. Following his loss of life in 2007, he's nonetheless a guy having the ability to excite strong feelings. to a couple he's a pace-setter whose ambitious integrity led him into head-to-head war of words with the hard work govt of england within the Nineteen Sixties. To others he's a demon top identified for mentioning "I don't think in black majority rule ever, no longer in 1000 years," for staunchly opposing Britain's insistence that majority rule be applied sooner than the nation’s independence, and for imprisoning the management of the newly emerged black nationalist move. during this revealing autobiography, Smith tells his personal aspect of the tale and divulges how he sought to maintain Rhodesia on a route to complete democracy in the course of the West's decolonization of Africa. He tells the impressive tale at the back of the signing of the country’s Unilateral statement of Independence and addresses the excesses of energy that the present president, Robert Mugabe, has used to create the digital dictatorship which exists in Zimbabwe this day. it is a revealing and prescient ancient record from a arguable determine charting the increase and fall of a once-great kingdom.

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Fortunately the journey to Britain was uneventful. I enjoyed having a look at Gibraltar, a magnificent sight, which lived right up to my expectations: imposing, strong, independent, courageous, even defiant, exactly what one would have expected from this great historical symbol of the British Empire. In spite of the drabness of war, Britain was still inherently beautiful, with its lovely countryside, meadows, fields of crops, undulating hills and magnificent trees. London, with all of its history and majesty, was one of the great capitals of the world.

Some of the instructors had been on operational flights, so the whole tempo quickened. More than half our course members were Australians, about a dozen were Rhodesians, and the rest were from Britain, so there was a wide variety of differing interests. I struck up many strong friendships with some of the Aussies, and have maintained contact to this day. Fortunately I had no problems with flying, and seemed to have a natural facility for handling and landing. qxd 14/4/08 2:34 pm Page 12 12 BITTER HARVEST mind was the wish that the process could be speeded up, as an operational squadron still seemed so far away.

The winter weather was settling in, so it did not take us long to organise a rugby field. We had some rousing games against the London Scottish and London Irish regiments, Habaniya, the large permanent RAF base to our south near Baghdad, and a few others in the vicinity who were able to muster a team to give us a game. After a few months there, we started moving back to Egypt and ended up at El Alamein, west of Alexandria. We slowly moved along the coast until we reached Tobruk, where we spent some time before being brought back to do a stint on the defence of Alexandria.

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