Never Quite a Soldier. A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982

Never Quite a Soldier is the thrilling and shocking memoires of a Rhodesian policeman at Bush War service during 1971 to 1982.
Lemon, David
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Title: Never Quite a Soldier
Subtitle: A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982
Author: David Lemon
Publisher: Galago
Cape Town, South Africa 2006
ISBN 9781919854212 / ISBN 978-1-919854-21-2
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 268 pages, numerous bw and colour photos, map, English text

About: Never Quite a Soldier. A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982

Author David Lemon was a policeman with Rhodesia’s elite British South Africa Police during the Bush War days from 1971 to 1982. His first involvement with the war came when he was member-in-charge of Macheke Police Station. Groups of infiltrating ZANLA guerrillas moved into the area and embarked on a murderous campaign targeting both black and white civilians. The war throughout the country escalated and indiscriminate acts of terror like the bomb detonated in a Woolworths branch in Salisbury killing 12 black shoppers and wounding 76 more. Then the June 1978 massacre by ZANLA of nine white missionaries and four children, the shooting down of a airliner and the massacre of survivors. These and countless other terrible incidents decided him to join the elite Police Support Unit which comprised 12 companies of fighting policemen, most of them black. Never Quite a Soldier: A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982 is an amazing firsthand account of the Bush War.

Content: Never Quite a Soldier. A Rhodesian Policeman's War 1971-1982

Credits for photographs and illustrations
Author's note
Name changes since Zimbabwe's independence
Map of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe
Cat in a tall tree
Surprises in Salisbury
Early days in Marandellas
Racism and promotion
Politics and the Pearce Commission
Reluctant soldier
Sunshine and sadness
Real live admiral
Race relations and VIPs
Member in Charge
Royal Visit Farm and the District Nurse
Horror at Royal Visit Farm
First photographic section
A man of war
And of peace
Missionaries and murder
Violence and fear in the Mangwende
Charlie Nine
War in the Wiltshire
Second photographic section
Soldiers of the Bishop
Bitterness and boredom
All change for peace
Travelling cop
Horror at Entumbane
Back to Bulawayo
The end of the road
Never quite a soldier