The Hawker Hunter and Rhodesia’s ‘Bush War’

As Rhodesia fought a bloody conflict against cross-border insurgents, the Hawker Hunters of its air force’s 1 Squadron operated effectively despite an arms supply embargo

How rapidly times alter. As the so-called ‘Winds of Change’ swept through colonial Africa, the process of decolonisation gathered inexorable pace. Rhodesia was a prominent example. In July 1964, it experienced its first terrorist incident when a white farmer was murdered. Relations with the British government worsened the following year over the issue of majority rule, resulting in Rhodesia’s unilateral declaration of independence on 11 November 1965. To some it was the fulfilment of a long-held dream. To others, in both countries, the view was very different.

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