Bound for Africa: Cold War Fight Along the Zambezi

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Bound For Africa is the story of one man's introduction to Africa at a time when much of the continent was in the grips of Cold War skirmishing between the free world and opposing communist forces of China and the Soviet Union. The author, frayed from three years of service in the Vietnam War, traveled to Africa intending to become a rural policeman in a quiet area of what was then Rhodesia. The counterinsurgency war flared soon after, a conflict which bore many of the same characteristics of the country he had ...
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Overview


Bound For Africa is the story of one man's introduction to Africa at a time when much of the continent was in the grips of Cold War skirmishing between the free world and opposing communist forces of China and the Soviet Union. The author, frayed from three years of service in the Vietnam War, traveled to Africa intending to become a rural policeman in a quiet area of what was then Rhodesia. The counterinsurgency war flared soon after, a conflict which bore many of the same characteristics of the country he had just left. Asked to train new police recruits, Hubbard explains his assimilation into the force and Rhodesian society and tells of the challenges and satisfaction of leading and training young Africans - while providing an insider's view of how the war was fought in the early days. Bound for Africa is a very personal story that recounts the frustrations living in the shadows of a political settlement which always seemed to be just beyond reach and the attitudes and spirit of the broad racial mixture which formed the national security forces. It will appeal to readers with an interest in the history of what is today Zimbabwe, a less-known chapter of a tragically unsuccessful war.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143949
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Douglas H. Hubbard Jr. is a consultant who has spent more than three decades working with the disadvantaged in Asia and in Africa. He is also the author of Special Agent, Vietnam, a memoir of his years in counterintelligence for the NIS in Vietnam (Today known as NCIS).
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Table of Contents

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Introduction John P. Cann Cann, John P.

Ch. 1 Africa Introduced; Vietnam Fini 1

Ch. 2 To Africa 53

Ch. 3 Policing Rhodesia 89

Ch. 4 War Comes 114

Ch. 5 The Other War 150

Ch. 6 Mozambique Falls: Border Tensions Rise 177

Ch. 7 In the Field 208

Ch. 8 Seeing Rhodesia 241

Ch. 9 Unexpected Events 263

Epilogue 283

Glossary 291

Index 295

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    A Yank in Rhodesia before the Storm...

    This is a readable personal story (non-political) about an American who moved to Rhodesia in 1974 in order to pursue a dream of being a rural policeman, but instead got caught up in an escalating counter-terrorist campaign that found him training African police officers in paramilitary operations for the former Rhodesia's British South Africa Police. A former NCIS agent in Vietnam, Mr. Hubbard had taken leave in Rhodesia while serving in Vietnam, and became enamored with the physical beauty of the country and the open hospitality and friendliness of its people. The book provides nice insights in the character and traditions of the people of the former country of Rhodesia, before the dark days of the kleptocracy and terror of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. It also provides very interesting background on the former Rhodesian government's counterterrorism plans and operations from the perspective of an American who had engaged in similiar efforts in Vietnam. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in Africa, political history, coming of age stories, and counterterrorist training. While Mr. Hubbard was not involved in the intense combat operations that were to eventuate beginning in 1977, the book makes a nice companion piece to other coming of age books set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian conflict such as Peter Godwin's "Mukiwa" and Chris Cocks' "Fireforce."

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