The Rhodesian Air Force in Zimbabwe's War of Liberation, 1966-1980

Darlington Mutanda



Contributing to the debate about the role of airpower in guerrilla warfare, this book evaluates the development of the Rhodesian Air Force during the Second Chimurenga or Bush War (1966-1979). Airpower in irregular conflict is primarily effective at the tactical level because guerrilla warfare is not a purely military conflict. The Rhodesian Air Force was deployed in a war-winning versus a supporting role as a result of the shortage of manpower to deal with insurgency, and almost all units of the Rhodesian Security Forces depended on its tactical effectiveness.


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Darlington Mutanda worked as an assistant lecturer of war and strategic studies in the history department at the University of Zimbabwe from 2011 to 2014. He is a PhD student at University of Johannesburg.