Challenging The Narrative: Rhodesian Political Strategy Supporting Military Success During The Bush War (1965-1979)
West Point Press
"On November 11, 1965, the British colony of Rhodesia unilaterally declared independence (UDI) from the United Kingdom. In the words of the self-proclaimed nation’s Prime Minister Ian Smith, Rhodesia’s declaration had “struck a blow for the preservation of justice, civilization and Christianity” against the Communists and Afro-Asian Bloc. Despite the high-minded rhetoric of Smith, he himself privately stated the opinion of many of Rhodesians that “The white man is the master of Rhodesia. He has built it and intends to keep it.” The newfound nation, built on the principle of white-minority rule, faced seemingly insurmountable strategic odds from its inception. Internationally the Rhodesian decision was almost universally condemned..."
Kohmetscher, Max. “Challenging The Narrative: Rhodesian Political Strategy Supporting Military Success During The Bush War (1965-1979).” West Point Undergraduate Historical Review. Volume 13 (Spring 2023): 141-151.