Zimbabwe: Paradise Plundered

Zimbabwe: Paradise Plundered is the memoires of a tobacco farmer and pilot of the Police Reserve Air Wing of Rhodesia.
Barker, Jim
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Book title: Zimbabwe. Paradise Plundered
Subtitle: Police Reserve Pilot/Farmer before and after independence
Author: Jim Barker
Type: War memoires
Publisher: Galago
Cape Town, South Africa 2013
ISBN 978191985417 / ISBN 978-1-919854-17
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 290 pages, many b/w photos, English text


In 1968 Jim Parker attested in the British South Africa Police as a patrol officer, leaving five years later with the rank of section officer to pursue a career as a sugar farmer in Rhodesia ’s lowveld. When the bush war on the eastern border heated up in 1976 he was already a Police Reserve Section Officer. His intimate local knowledge of the Chiredzi area led top him providing an invaluable contribution by assisting with the initial military deployments, this resulted in him being invited to join the exclusive Special Branch unit attached to the Selous Scouts. While serving with them he was extensively involved in the hunt for ZANLA guerrillas, the operational directing, briefing and debriefing of both Selous Scouts and Special branch pseudo guerrilla teams as well as biological and chemical warfare. It is a story of war, small fighting actions, major raids into enemy territory and of strikes and counterstrikes. His access to contemporaneous notes and a wealth of official documents including a record of every contact with guerrillas during the Bush War brings this amazing book alive and adds to its solid authenticity.

Content: Zimbabwe: Paradise Plundered

Name changes since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980
The African adventure began
Father home from the war
Prince Edward School
I go farming
Home Park Estates
Move to the Lowveld: Nuanctsi River floods
Working for 'Boss' Lilford
African nationalism rears its head
Judy, the love of my life
I go farming at Karoi
A momentous year: 1965
Battle of Sinoia: Move to Nyahoa Estates 1966
Developing Nyahoa Estates 1966-1968
Tobacco quota reduced: Terrorist activity: 1968
All's quiet on the terrorism front 1969-1970
Electrification: Venture into mining 1971
Mining precious gems: Terrorist attacks in Centenary 1972
Escalation of Operation Hurricane 1973
Farming and fighting 1974
Tango Base established on Nyahoa Estates 1975
The abortive cease-fire 1976
The war continues 1977
The Bishop Muzorcwa coalition
Kill Jim Barker, 1978
Viscount Hunyani shot down by ZIPRA terrorists:
Battle of Nyahoa Estates 1978
Air Rhodesia Viscount Umniati shot down by ZIPRA: Internal elections:
Agreement reached at Lancaster House: Last PATU member K1A
British supervised elections: Mugabe takes over, 1980
Settling down to a peaceful coexistence: Time bomb ticking for land
redistribution 1984-1998
Nyahoa Estates targeted for redistribution 1987
The worst three months of my life, 2001-2002
Farmers Support Group: Justice for Agriculture, 2002-2007

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