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Non Fiction Much has been written about the BSA Police in the history of the nation once known as Rhodesia. This section provides a selection of books:

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Non-Fiction - BSA Police Specific
Title: Modern African Wars : Rhodesia 1965 - 80
Author: Abbot, Peter and Botham, Philip
Publisher: London : Osprey Publishing Ltd. 1986
ISBN: 978 0850457285
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Osprey published a "Man at War" series, which included No. 183 the Rhodesian war book. Number of colour plates (by Mike Chappell), together with many black and white photographs of all members of the Security Forces. The BSA Police plate shows a Deputy Commissioner, an African Constable and a European Support Unit member, all in uniform.
Title: With the Mounted Infantry and the M.F.F. 1896
Author: Alderson, E.A.H.Lieut.-Colonel
Publisher: London : Methuen & Co.Ltd. 1898.
Bulawayo : Republished by Books of Rhodesia. 1971.

Availabilty: Amazon - Hardback
Review: An account of military operations during the 1896 Mashonaland Rebellion. Mention is made of the Mashonaland Mounted Police and the names of persons who served in the Unit. Book contains casualty lists in which the names of the of the MMP are included. There is an Appendix giving details of patrols, some of which were performed by members of the MMP.
Title: Times History of the War in South Africa 1899 - 1902 7 Vols
Author: Amery, Leopold Stanley (Editor)
Publisher: London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co.Ltd. 1909
ISBN: 978 1354441961
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The seventh volume is the index, which was published in 1909. The other volumes appeared before this date. The history of the South African War includes frequent references to the BSA Police's involvement in the conflict in Bechuanaland and the Transvaal.
Title: The Forgotten Front 1914-1918
Author: Anderson, Ross
Publisher: Tempus Publishing Ltd 2004
ISBN: 978 0750958363
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of the East African Campaign. Although the names BSA Police and Rhodesian Police do not appear in the index, they are included in the text (p.103, p.129 and p.290). There is, however, extensive coverage given to Murray's Column, led by 1017 Col. Ronald Ernest Murray, who attested into the BSA Police on 12-Apr-1899 and was later commissioned. In 1915 he led a Column in East Africa under General Northey, which as well as the BSA Police, included from time to time members of the NRP, KAR, 1st RNR and South African Infantry Regiment in its ranks. The publication will be useful to researchers interested in the movement of BSA Police during the Great War in German East Africa.
Title: Badges and Insignia of the Rhodesian Security Forces 1890 - 1980
Author: Arneil, AJ
Publisher: Germiston, S.A.: Alec Kaplan & Son. 1987
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Review: Although some are not listed, the book is a comprehensive record of badges and insignia of the Rhodesian Security Forces, including the Mashonaland and Matabeleland Mounted Police, the Southern Rhodesian Constabulary and the BSA Police, but not the BSACP. Researchers should, however, beware as the book is reputed to contain a number of inaccuracies. One count suggested at least 35 errors, including some relevant to the BSA Police.
Title: Horse and Rider Tales from Africa and Australia
Author: Arsenis, Mylda L
Publisher: Arthur H Stockwell Ltd, Ilfracombe, 1960
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Review: An interesting book of a foreword and ten short chapters regarding equestrian interest in southern Africa and Australia. One chapter deals with the Mounted Men of the British South Africa Police, another with Fredrick Courtney Selous (hunting on horseback). The BSAP chapter deals with equestrian stories from the early days of Rhodesia. Particular BSAP personalities mentioned: Trooper Thomas and the postal incident of 18 December 1890; Trooper AJ Mallet-Veale “of the Company’s B Troop” recounts an incident when acting as a despatch rider taking a ride between Charter and Umfuli station. This story is taken from the Dec 1940 edn of The Outpost; Trooper Frank William Baxter who would have been awarded the VC had he survived is attempt to save Cpl Wiseman in 22 Apr 1896; Lt Fredrick Harding Crewe whose gallant actions to save Godfrey Hook by giving him his horse was immortalised by Frank Dodd RI in his painting, now hanging in the Durban Museum and Art Gallery (Is this painting still on display in Durban?). Finally, there is an interesting piece on riding in the bush and on the types of equestrian patrols mounted by the BSAP. There is a fine photograph of a post WWII mounted BSAP trooper.
Andrew Banks
Title: The Raid on the Transvaal
Author: Aston, PE (editor)
Publisher: London : Dean & Son. 1896
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Review: Gives a general resume of the Raid, including the build up, the Raid itself and the aftermath. Does not seem to include anything that has not been published in other books. Jameson's name appears on the cover, although he is not known to have been the author. Opinion of a BSA Police historian is that the book does not increase knowledge of the actual participants or overall numbers involved.
Title: Paradise Plundered
Author: Barker, Jim
Publisher: Privately Published: Jim Barker - 2007
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Review: The author was a Rhodesian farmer in the Karoi area. He was a member of PATU and then PRAW. Many stories of his service in the BSAP and mentions by name members of the Police reserve and regulars in the Force during the terrorist war. Describes his troubles with the Mugabe Government and the eventual forced takeover of his farm in 2003.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Guide to the Public Archives of Rhodesia
Author: Baxter, T.W. (editor)
Publisher: National Archives of Rhodesia Salisbury 1969.
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Review: The book is described as Vol. 1 1890 - 1923. It contains frequent references to the BSA Police, which are the subject of a separate entry elsewhere in the Bibliography. A Vol.2 of the Guide was never published.
19 September 2009
Title: Guide to the Historical Manuscripts in the National Archives of Rhodesia
Author: Baxter, TW and Burke, EE
Publisher: National Archives of Rhodesia Salisbury 1970 Archives
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Review: The Historical Manuscripts Collection at the National Archives in now Zimbabwe, includes references to the personal papers of many individuals, who served in one or other of Rhodesia's law enforcement agencies. Details have been extracted and are included elsewhere in the Bibliography. No Guide covering the period subsequent to 1970 was ever published.
19 September 2009
Title: The 1896 Rebellions : The British South Africa Company Reports on the Native Disturbances in Rhodesia, 1896-97 Originally as : The British South Africa Company Reports on the Native Disturbances in Rhodesia 1896 - 1897.
Forward: Beach, D.N.
Publisher: London : BSA Co. 1898.
Republished:Books of Rhodesia. Bulawyo 1975
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Review: Details of patrols in which members of the BSA Police were involved are recorded. Also included are the names of those policemen, who were wounded or died.
19 September 2009
Title: Commanding the Regiment
Author: Jointly Berry, John - BSA Police: 5584 - Served: 1956-1966; and Punter, Fred - BSA Police: 4853 - Served: 1952-1982
Publisher: BSAP Police Association - United Kingdom Branch
ISBN:
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Review: Discussion with many former members of the British South Africa Police of Southern Rhodesia revealed a dearth of knowledge amongst them concerning the Commanding Officers and Commissioners of their Regiment, particularly the early ones.It is hoped that this book will go some way to providing that knowledge. The book chronicles events leading to the formation of the Force and the foundation of the country it later policed. The foremost personalities involved are described, with biographical details and photographs. A section is devoted to each Commanding Officer and Commissioner and, by their very nature, these in themselves constitute a condensed history of the B.S.A.P. and show how the Force grew and evolved with the country. All Commissioners faced new challenges and this is the story of how they overcame them.
19 September 2009
Title: Down the Decades with the British South Africa Police
Author: Jointly by Berry, John and Stock, Alan Peter
Publisher: Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2007
ISBN:
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Review: Down the Decades with the British South Africa Police BSAP Regimental AssnUnited Kingdom Branch, 2007 The British South Africa Police and its immediate forerunner, the British South Africa Company's Police, was responsible for maintaining law and order in the vast territories between the Limpopo and Zambesi Rivers and the Bechuanaland Protectorate on the West and Portuguese East Africa on the East. These territories became Southern Rhodesia, named after Cecil Rhodes who was the driving force behind the BSA Company. From commencement in 1889 until disbandment in 1980 the BSAP steadily evolved from a military organisation, the First Line of Defence of Rhodesia, to a modern Police Force. It still maintained the traditions of a Regiment in its discipline and after disbandment the many branches of the Old Comrades organisations world wide of the BSAP are titled Regimental Associations. This booklet comprises articles from each decade of the Force's existence and illustrates the evolution. At the beginning the horse was the main means of transport and gradually through the 20th century mechanical transport took over and more sophisticated techniques were employed. At the end during the major counter-insurgency operations of the Rhodesian Bush war, aircraft and helicopters were used. Ironically, at the end, there was still a Mounted Unit operational which rendered valuable service. Hopefully, all the articles together give a snapshot of the history of the BSAP.
Fred Punter

19 September 2009
Title: Mocke - Tales of the British South Africa Police
Author: Mocke, Eben BSAP 1437; served 1911-1918
Edited: Jointly by Berry, John and Stock, Alan Peter
Publisher: Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2007
ISBN:
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Review: Eben Mocke, BSAP Trooper 1437 was one of the most prolific contributors to the Outpost magazine. This book is a collection of his Outpost stories and some others which appear for the first time. Also included is Mocke's response to questions asked by staff of the National Archives of Rhodesia in the late 1960s who were recording the memories of persons they considered 'late pioneers' of the country
Fred Punter
Review: The British South Africa Police of Southern Rhodesia has been fortunate in having many members who wrote interesting accounts of their experiences in the Police, especially in the early days of the Force.
One of the greatest of these, if not the greatest, was Eben Mocke. Writing under various non-de-plumes such as "1437" ( his Regimental Number), and "Pioneer" he was one of the most prolific contributors to the B.S.A.P. Magazine, The Outpost magazine, whose editor, Alan Stock had met Eben Mocke and escorted him to Bulawayo to meet the bushman, Cwai, whom Mocke had not seen for fifty years.
Eben's stories spanned the years from the Boer War and First World War on into the Seventies. His 'Kalahari Patrol' is a master-piece of bush patrolling. In his submission to the National Archives of Rhodesia he gave valuable information on the late Pioneer period of the country.
Letters from his contemporaries are included in this book, some of them critical, but all confirming what a great veldsman he was.
John Berry

19 September 2009
Title: The British South Africa Police: Military Operations Outside Southern Rhodesia during World War One and Two
Author: Various
Edited: Jointly by Rogers, Clifford Ernest and Stock, Alan Peter
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2008
ISBN:
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Review: This book is a compilation of memoirs and articles about the British South Africa Police involvement in military operations outside Southern Rhodesia during World Wars 1 & 2. Most have been published before in various forms a long time ago but these earlier and fragmented publications are now difficult for the ordinary reader to access and so are re-published here in one easy to read book. Part One covers World War 1 and consists of various memoirs written by men who took part in the events, with connecting and explanatory text. There is thus some duplication but it is interesting to read how different writers had different interpretations of events. The obituaries of leading figures and Nominal and Medal Rolls are included. Part Two covers World War 2. There were much less actual military operations as the BSA Police was no longer the de facto army of Southern Rhodesia However, some 138 BSA Police personnel were seconded to various units in North Africa, Cyprus, Greece and Iraq. A nominal roll is included.
Fred Punter

19 September 2009

Title: Troopers' Tales of the British South Africa Police
Author: Various
Edited: Berry, John and Stock, Alan Peter
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2008
ISBN:
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Review: This book contains eleven stories by members of the British South Africa Police who started out as troopers at periods ranging from the earliest days of the Force to immediately after World War Two. They tell stories of times when malaria and blackwater fever were rife and a cure unknown; the young despatch rider who died while carrying out his duty as a link in the vitally important task of carrying the mails from the brand-new territory (later called Southern Rhodesia) to South Africa; of dealing with rebellion in neighbouring Portuguese East Africa; of such mundane tasks as running the postal service at a small rural station; of the 1920s when roads were still few and far between and the horse and the pack mule were important means of transport; of a time when, once he left his station, the trooper was on his own. One story describes how the ‘old hands’ enjoyed a typical pub crawl in Bulawayo; another tells of the drifts over the Limpopo River before the bridge at Beitbridge was opened; another trooper tells of his slightly unorthodox hunt for an elephant which was destroying native crops. The famous Gold Robbery at Filabusi where the chief suspect was a BSAP trooper is recounted. The memoirs of Trooper Seward who rose to be a Lieutenant Colonel commanding Bulawayo District offers an important insight into how Police duties were performed. Last but not least is the story of Trooper Johnston who was a member of the famous ‘Alcantara’ Draft immediately after World War Two and who was recruited in London by Lt Col. Seward.
19 September 2009
Title: Special Branch War
Author: Bird, Ed
Publisher: EA Bird - Amanzimtoti: 2013
ISBN: 978 1920143862
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This book is based on the Special Branch incident log maintained by Ed Bird, while stationed at the SB station in Beitbridge. Its an account of the war, as it unfolded in the Operation Repulse and southern Tangent area, and the counter-terrorism operations of the SB men involved in the war. An intriguing read, perhaps for those who were not there, which reveals a side of Rhodesia's intelligence community which is not too well known, and an element of SB dirty tricks in combatting the war.
7 December 2016
Title: A History of Rhodesia
Author: Blake, Lord Robert
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf, New York - 1978
ISBN: 0-394-48068-6
ISBN:
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Review: Covers the history of Rhodesia from prehistory days until 1977. Gives an account of the pioneers column and Lt Col Pennfather's BSACP escorting it until the parade on Sept 13 1890 when the Union Jack was run up in Cecil Square. Gives an account of the Matabele War with mentions of the BSACP and the Botswana Border Police etc. Gives an account of the Rebellions of 1896 and 1897 including little known incidents like the capture of Mashiangombi's kraal near Hartley. The police, of course, were heavily involved. After the rebellions the accent is on the political and there are few mentions of the police - Peter Stiff
19 September 2009
Title: Remember Mazoe
Author: Bond, Geoffrey
Publisher: Pioneer Head, Salisbury 1973.
ISBN:
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Review: The story of the Mazoe Patrol, which is relevant to the BSA Police and in particular Randolph Nesbitt V.C.
19 September 2009
Title: The story of the Northern Rhodesia Regiment
Author: Various
Editor: Brelsford, WV
Publisher: Government Printers - Lusaka, Zambia,1954.
Republished. : Galago Publishing - Bromley, England 1990.

ISBN:
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Review: The author concentrates of the period of the Great War 1914 - 18 and in particular the conflict in East Africa. Mention made of the BSA Police, which was also involved in the same area of conflict.
19 September 2009

Title: Tunnel-Master and Arsonist of the Great War
Author: Bridgeland, Tony and Morgan, Anne
Publisher: Leo Cooper, England - 2003
ISBN: 978-0850529951
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Review: The biography of Jack Norton-Griffiths (1871 – 1930), who was deported from the Transvaal following the Jameson Raid and made his way to Mashonaland, where he was a member of Honey’s Scouts during the 1896 Rebellion. In 1897 he joined the BSAP following a recommendation from Cecil Rhodes and in March was second in command at Fort Martin. In 1898/1899 he was O.C.Lomagundi District. After service during the Boer War he became an M.P. and subsequently volunteered for military service during the Great War. He also founded an International civil engineering company and was involved in projects in Africa, England and Canada
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Songs from the Saddle
Author: Bruce, Sir Michael William Selby; BSA Police: 1723 Served: 1913-1914
Publisher: Hodges, Figgis & Co. Ltd., Dublin : 1917
ISBN:
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19 September 2009
Title: Sails and Saddles
Author: Bruce, Sir Michael William Selby; BSA Police: 1723 Served: 1913-1914
Publisher: Jonathan Cape - London 1929
ISBN:
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19 September 2009
Title: Peaks of Hazard
Author: Bruce, Sir Michael William Selby; BSA Police: 1723 Served: 1913-1914
Publisher: Bobbs Merrill - Indianapolis, 1929
ISBN:
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19 September 2009
Title: Tramp Royal
Author: Bruce, Sir Michael William Selby; BSA Police: 1723 Served: 1913-1914
Publisher: Elek Books Ltd - London 1954
ISBN:
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19 September 2009
Title: No Escape from Adventure
Author: Bruce, Sir Michael William Selby; BSA Police: 1723 Served: 1913-1914
Publisher: Hastings House - New York, 1954
ISBN:
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Review: The memoirs of the 11th Baronet of Stenhouse and Arith, who joined the BSA Police aged 18 years in 1913 serving in the Eastern Districts and the Chobe area, where he was wounded at the beginning of the Great War. He was discharged on the 14-Dec-1914 to “Rejoin his Regiment”. Researchers, however, should beware. Bruce was a member of the BSA Police, who liked to write and rewrite and rewrite his memoirs. The author on more than one occasion tells completely different stories about the same event. No Escape from Adventure for instance, would seem to be the American title of Tramp Royal, both being published the same year, with the lines from the first chapter being identical in both books.
The 'Sir' was an hereditary title and not meritorious.
19 September 2009
Title: Tatenda
Author: Bryson, Ian Grant 'Brick' BSA Police Reserve 6425/9322 - Served: 1956-1975 / 1975-1978.
Publisher: Leeward Publishers - Ballito, SA, 1999
ISBN:
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Review: The author grew up in Rhodesia and the book is autobiographical and portrays life in Rhodesia in the 1920's and 30's, his school days, war service and farming after World War II. The last four chapters are devoted mainly to his work in the BSA Police Reserve, and later as a regular member of the Police Anti Terrorist Unit (PATU). He retired at the end of 1978.
19 September 2009
Title: The BSAPolice - Origins and Early History 1885 - 1901
Author: Bussy, Wilfred Bernard ; BSA Police: 1084 - Served: 1909-1912
Publisher: United Kingdom Branch Regimental Association, London 2007
ISBN:
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Review: Wilfred Bussy was the Editor of the Police Review who wrote and published a series of articles covering the early history of the BSAP. The fact they were written soon after the events described, by a serving member, adds an immediacy which is of value. Starting in 1886 Bussy describes the various units which, after many campaigns, eventually evolved to form the British South Africa Police. The events of the Matabele and Mashona uprisings are covered in detail as also is that other great active service period of the BSAP in early years, the Anglo-Boer War. Written in a highly readable style, this is a valuable contribution to the History of the BSAP.
Fred Punter
5 October 2008
Title: Sir Graham Bower's Secret History of the Jameson
Raid and the South African Crisis.

Editors: Butler,Jeffrey and Schreuder,Deryck
Publisher: Van Riebeck Society (Second Series No.33) Cape Town : 2002
ISBN:
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Review: Includes references to both the Bechuanaland Border Police (BBP) and the BSACP.
19 September 2009
Title: The Northern Rhodesian Record and A History of the Northern Rhodesian Police
Author: Carter, Terrence and Wright, T

Publisher: David Bell, Worthing : 1992
ISBN:
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Review: Includes the early history of the BSA Police in relation to Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia.
19 September 2009
Title: Charter Royal
Publisher: Howard Timmins - Cape Town : 1970
Author: Carey, Robert
ISBN:
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Review: Story of the Chartered Company from the Rudd Concession to the 1893 Matabele War. Many references to the BSACP included.
19 September 2009
Title: The War with Johnny Boer - Australians in the Boer War 1899-1902.
Author: Chamberlain, Max and Droogleever, Robert
Publisher: Loftus : Australian Military History Publications. 2003.
ISBN:
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Review: A compilation of eye witness accounts from Australian combatants, including the actions at Rhodes' Drift, Bryces Store and Crocodile Poort during Plumer's march to relieve Mafeking, with several references to the involvement of Rhodesians and members of the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: Bhurakuwacha : Black Policeman in Rhodesia
Author: Chaza, Albert Gahadzikwa - BSA Police: 9885 - Served: 1936-1957

Publisher: College Press - Harare : 1998
ISBN:
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Review: An autobiography by a former African member of the Force. He was a well known player, captain and administrator of the police soccer team. He is also credited with being the first member of the African Police Reserve. Feature articles on the author appeared in the March, 1959 edition of 'Mapolisa' and December, 1977 edition of the 'Outpost magazine'. The Zimbabwe Herald for 22 November, 1996, included a congratulatory insert and photograph on his 80th birthday, together with another photograph of him in uniform as a young constable.
19 September 2009
Title: A Policeman's narrative of Witchcraft and Murder in Zimbabwe.
Author: Clark, Henry Alfred BSA Police: 6283 - Served: 1961-1981

Publisher: Dalbridge, SA: Dolphin Press (Pty)Ltd. 1985.
ISBN: 978-0949667113
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Review: Deals with events after the BSA Police ceased in exist in 1980. Many of those identified by name within the text as members of the ZRP had previously served in the BSA Police. Touches on events in the months prior Zimbabwe's independence in 1980 and the involvement of the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: The Plumtree Papers
Author: Clark, Mary
Publisher: The Plumtree Foundation - Bulawayo: 1983
ISBN: 978-0797405912
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The history of the Bulalima-Mangwe district and life in Rhodesia up to 1922. Includes information about the BSA Police and members of the Force, stationed in the area, together with some photographs and a map of the village of Plumtree - Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: The Diary of Edwin Clarke
Author: Clarke, Edwin Gulliver - BSA Police 245; Served 1901-1907
Publisher: Jeppestown Press, London : 2017
ISBN : 978-0-9570837-3-8
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Edwin Clarke left behind his comfortable, English middle-class life as the son of a bank manager to become a mounted trooper in the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - in 1901. When he died in 1955, Clarke left behind a unique handwritten diary of his service, which is published here over 110 years later. For the first time, read his account of horseback safari across miles of unspoiled African landscape in rural Matabeleland, stalking and hunting big game. Vivid diary entries bring to life a cast of characters: gold prospectors, legendary farmers and settlers telling yarns around a camp fire at night, friendly African chiefs, and Clarke's fellow police officers.
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14 January 2017
Title: Survival Course
Author: Cocks, Chris
Publisher: Covos-Day - Johannesburg: 1999
ISBN:
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Review: Book deals with the author's time in the BSA Police Police Anti Terrorist Unit (PATU) after discharge from the Army, where he served with the RLI and describes his trauma after Rhodesia's terrorist war and his diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder - Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: The Elite : Rhodesian SAS.
Author: Cole, Barbara
Publisher: Three Knights Publishing - Amanzimtoti, SA : 1984.
ISBN:
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Review: The book is the story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service, although the BSA Police is mentioned, as are the names of individuals who served in the Force.
19 September 2009
Title: Cassell's History of the Boer War 1899 - 1902. - 2 Volumes
Publisher: London : Cassell & Co Ltd. 1903.
Author: Danes, Richard
ISBN:
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Review: An illustrated history, which includes chapters on Operations in Rhodesia, the Siege and Relief of Mafeking, Siege at Elands River and events in the western Transvaal, all of which involved the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: The Life of Jameson. 2 vols.
Author: Colvin, Ian
Publisher: Edward Arnold & Co. - London : 1923.
ISBN :
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Review: The biography of Dr Leander Starr Jameson, who was administration of Mashonaland after the Occupation in 1890. Includes frequent references to the BSACP. Also the Raid in 1896, which was named after Jameson and involved members of the Mashonaland and Matabeleland Mounted Police.
19 September 2009
Title: Hunting Beasts and Men
Author: Combe, Phillip Harvey ; BSA Police: 2455 - Served: Mar-1922 to Apr-1925

Publisher: London: Robert Hale & Co.Ltd - 1937
ISBN :
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Review: Author describes how he arrived in Cape Town after the Great War to join the Rhodesian Mounted Police. Besides the excitement of a trooper's life and his law enforcement duties he managed to hunt buffalo, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and antelope in the border country between Rhodesia and Portuguese East Africa. It is not known why Combe used the term RMP as opposed to BSA Police, to describe his service in Rhodesia - Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Came the Fourth Flag
Author: Crabtree, William 'Bill' BSA Police: 3708 - Served: Apr-1938 to May-1970

Publisher: Carnegie Publishing Ltd - Lancaster : 2002.
ISBN :
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Review: The autobiography of a former member of the BSA Police, who retired as a Deputy Commissioner having previously served as the Officer Commanding Special Branch. The book mentions many of the people with whom the author served in the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: The World's Police
Author: Cramer, James
Publisher: Cassell - London: 1964
ISBN :
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Review: In its chapter Police Forces of British Colonies, Southern Rhodesia is dealt with on pages 234 - 238 - Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Mapolisa
Author: Craven, David - BSA Police: 5210 - Served: 1954 -1969

Publisher: Covos Books - Rooepoort, SA : 1998
ISBN :
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Review: Some reminiscences of a Rhodesian Policeman, who served in the BSA Police from 1948 - 1969, when he retired with the rank of Superintendent.
19 September 2009
Title: The Pioneers of Mashonaland
Author: Darter, Adrian
Publisher: London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton & Kent Ltd - 1914
Bulawayo: Republished by Books of Rhodesia - 1977

ISBN :
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Review: A story written by a member of the 1890 Pioneer Column and makes numerous references to the lives of members of the BSACP and Pioneers. Includes photographs, nominal rolls and a map - Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: From Horse to Aeroplane
Author: Dumbrell, Tony BSA Police: 4104 - Served 1946-1951 and Kennerley, Wayne
Editor: John
Publisher: Token Publishing, Honiton
Availabilty: BSAP UK Branch Online Shop
Review: The Second World War was a watershed in the evolution of the British South Africa Police. Before it the horse, mule and pack donkey were the usual modes of transport. Mechanisation was gradually creeping in but this really accelerated after the War. Part One of this book is the account by 4104 Tony Dumbrell of his service in the BSAP. Tony joined the Force in June 1946 (just missing sailing on the famous Alcantara by one month). His five years of service were in Matabeleland. He was a keen photographer and observer of people and conditions in the country, Southern Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) and this shows in his memoir. His photographs are a valuable permanent record of scenes of the period. Part Two is a detailed account of the Police Reserve Air Wing, (P.R.A.W). This grew over the years from a few pilots and aircraft to the large organisation of the 1970s. Wayne Kennerley has researched his subject thoroughly and his article is a mine of information on the P.R.A.W., enhanced by the many photographs. It includes a Nominal Roll which lists most of the dedicated personnel who made the Police Reserve Air Wing the country’s Second Air Force.
Geoff Quick
13 February 2016
Title: Inside Mafeking - A Monument to British Pluck
Author: Greener, Herbert
Editor: Drooglever, Robin
Publisher: Token Publishing, Honiton
ISBN :
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Review: Subtitled 'A monument to British Pluck' the book is a copy of the journal of Capt.Herbert Greener, who was paymaster to the BSAP. No.1 (Bechuanaland) Division, and one of those entrapped in Mafeking during the siege. These are verbatim diary entries telling the story of the siege in Greener's own words, with the analysis of these words by the editor making the book an interesting read.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Stand to Your Horses
Author: Edward, Stanley BSA Police: 3749 - Served: 1938- 1966
Publisher: United Kingdom Branch Regimental Association - London : 2009
ISBN :
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Review: Stanley Edwards experienced many changes during his service in the force; the period before World War II, when long horse patrols were the norm and outstation conditions were primitive; during the War when police were stretched due to shortage of manpower; the creation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and the great changes which occurred in the Force as it moved to a more civilian role; through the rising tide of African nationalism, Ian Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence and the first stirrings of what was to become the Rhodesian Bush War. This book, however, is not just about police matters. Stanley Edwards was a keen observer of people and personalities and of African customs and the veld. He comments on characters in the bush and on farms and on district stations on which he served; on domestic arrangements at stations; on witchcraft, ritual sacrifice, African courts and justice and African languages (he had language and law qualifications, which relatively few members had); on the important factors in the Rhodesian economy (gold, coal and tobacco); on botany and the various trees of the veld and their uses; on wild animals, with many tales of big-game hunting in which he was involved; of the building of Kariba Dam and the ensuing problems with tribespeople and animal rescue.. To quote Chief Justice Macdonald in his foreword, ‘This book, I feel sure, will become a valuable addition to existing Rhodesiana’. The book has 383 pages and is profusely illustrated, both with drawings and photographs. Some of the drawings are the work of his wife, Patricia whom he met at Banket and who supported him throughout his long life.
John Berry
19 September 2009
Title: Just out of Sight
Author: Eldridge, AWC.BSA Police Reserve 15378
Publisher: Minerva Press - London : 1998
ISBN :
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Review: Autobiographical, by a former member of the BSA Police Reserve, who was a deputy stick leader in a Police Anti Terrorist Unit (PATU).
19 September 2009
Title: The Rhodesia Front War
Author: Ellert, Henric Brouner BSA Police: 7052 - Served: 1964 - 1980
Publisher: Mambo Press - Gweru : 1989
ISBN : 978-0869224366
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Review: Includes frequent references to the BSA Police between 1964 - 80 by a former member of the Force, who served during that period.
19 September 2009
Title: Serving Secretly
Author: Flower, Ken BSA Police: 3654 - Served: Apr-1937 to Jun-1969
Publisher: Quest Publishing - Harare : 1987
ISBN :
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Review: The story of a former member of the British South Africa Police, who went onto become head of Rhodesia's Central Intelligence Organisation from 1964 - 1981, including the period when the country became Zimbabwe.
19 September 2009
Title: Mafeking : The Story of the Siege.

Author: Flower-Smith, Malcolm.and Yorke, Edmund
Publisher: Covos-Day Books - Weltevredenpark, SA : 2000.
ISBN :
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Review: The BSA Police No.1 (Bechuanaland) Division had its headquarters in Mafeking, where some members of the Unit were entrapped at the beginning of the
1899-1902 South AfricanWar.
19 September 2009
Title: British South Africa Company Medal Roll 1890 - 1893 - 1896 - 1897
Author: Forsyth, Dr
Publisher: Private Publication. n.d.
ISBN :
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Review: All members of the BSACP would have received the 1890 Medal for their involvement in the Occupation of Mashonaland. Serving policemen, at the time, would have been entitled to the 1893 Matabele War Medal and a medal for the 1896 - 97 Rebellion. In a number of instances members would have received a bar only to their 1890 medal.
19 September 2009
Title: Occupation of Mashonaland
Author: Fry, W Ellerton
Publisher: Books of Zimbabwe, 1982
ISBN :
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Review: It is not known when the first edition of this book was published but most likely it was it was before 1895. It comprised a series of photographs taken by Fry during his time with the Pioneer Column - very few of the originals exist. This second edition has the addition of an Introduction and Fry's biography by Peter McGlaughlin. Also maps and nominal rolls of the Column and the Police Contingent. Published in a limited/numbered edition of 1000, in fact, because of the shortage of quality paper only 500 were printed - it is therefore a rare book in its own right and is worthy of a place on the shelves of all with an interest in the BSAP. Ted Dowling
19 September 2009
Title: Zambesi Sunrise
Author: Gale, William Daniel
Publisher: Howard Timmins - Cape Town : 1958.
ISBN :
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Review: Book includes chapters about the 1890 Pioneer Column, 1895-96 Jameson Raid and the 1896 Mashonaland Rebellion. The BSACP and BSA Police were involved in all these events.
19 September 2009
Title: Mafeking: A Victorian Legend
Author: Gardener, Brian
Publisher: Cassell, London 1966
ISBN :
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Review: Covers the role of the BSA Police in the siege. Shows them as 10 officers and 81 other ranks under Lr Col Walford. Describes the actions with the armoured train and contains a photo of its BSA Police crew with the train. Describes the Battle of Cannon Kopje and details how eight men were KIA and three wounded. It notes how Baden Powell gave the BSA Police no support until it was almost too late. Relates how Plumer led a recce team of BSA Police from Tuli over the Limpopo against Baden Powell's orders. They covered 54 miles in 18 hours with no watering and in extreme heat. Described as a remarkable feat. Covers Plumer's relief column at the end.
Peter Stiff
19 September 2009
Title: Tropical Victory
Author: Gelfand, Michael
Publisher: Juta & Co Cape Town and Johannesburg : 1953.
ISBN :
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Review: An account of the influence of medicine on the history of Southern Rhodesia 1890 - 1923. Includes mention of the BSA Police and members of the Force and the part they played in some instances in the country's medical history.
19 September 2009
Title: A Flag for the Matabele
Author: Gibbs, Peter BSA Police Reserve
Publisher: Frederick Muller Ltd London, 1955
ISBN :
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Review: A story of the invasion of Matebeleland, but with only passing references to the BSACP and the Jameson Raid.
19 September 2009
Title: The First Line of Defence
Author: Gibbs, Peter BSA Police Reserve
Publisher: Salisbury : British South Africa Police. 1972.
ISBN :
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Review: Volume One of the History of the British South Africa Police covering the years 1899 - 1903, including participation in the Occupation of Mashonaland, the first Matabele War, the Jameson Raid, the suppression of the Matabele and Mashonaland Rebellions, the relief of Mafeking and the campaign in the Western Transvaal during the South African War.
19 September 2009
Title: The Right of the Line
Author: Gibbs, Peter BSA Police Reserve
Publisher: Salisbury : Kingstons Ltd.1974.
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Review: Volume Two of the History of the British South Africa Police from the years 1903 to 1939, including the Force's involvement in the Great War. Is the story of the transformation of a mounted infantry regiment into a professional police force.
19 September 2009
Title: The History of the British South Africa Police
Author: Gibbs, Peter and Phillips, Hugh BSA Police: 4770 - Served: Aug-1951 to Jul-1980
Publisher: Ringwood : Something of Value (Australia) Pty. Ltd. 2000.
ISBN : 978 1920143350
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Review: The definitive history of a police force, including the two parts written by Peter Gibbs, from the hardship of settlement in 1889 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939; and the equally tumultuous years from 1940 to 1980 by a former member of the BSA Police.Includes the BSA Police nominal roll of every regular European member (including women), who served in the Force between 1903 - 1980.
19 September 2009
Title: The Matabele War
Author: Glass, Stafford
Publisher: London: Longmans, Green Co Ltd - 1968
ISBN : 978-0582645006
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Review: The involvement of the BSA Co's forces, including the BSACP receive extensive coverage - Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Khaki and Blue
Author: Godley, Richard Sherman
Publisher: London : Lovat, Dickson & Thompson. 1935.
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Review: The autobiography of a person, who served for thirty five years in the military in Southern Africa, including a period in the BSA Police, where he played a role in the Relief of Mafeking.
19 September 2009
Title: Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa
Author: Godwin, Peter - BSA Police NSPO 901553
Publisher: London : Picador. 1996.
ISBN : 978 0802141927
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Review: The author was a former BSA Police National Service Patrol Officer and book includes his experiences, whilst in training and later on duty.
19 September 2009
Title: Rhodesians Never Die
Author: Godwin, Peter and Hancock, Ian
Publisher:
- London : Oxford University Press. 1993
- Harare : Baobab Books. 1995

ISBN : 978 0908311828
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Review: Co-author is identical to person identified in the previous entry. Publication described as being about the impact of war and political change on white Rhodesia 1970 - 80. Frequent mention of the BSA Police and units within the Force, including PATU, Police Reserve, Support Unit and Special Branch. Personalities who served in the Force during this period also named.
19 September 2009
Title: Raiders and Rebels in South Africa
Author: Goodwin-Green, Elsa
Publisher:
- George Newnes Ltd. London : 1898.
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia. Bulawayo: 1976.

ISBN : 978-0869201367
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Review: The story of a nurse in Southern Africa as told by herself. She was present in Krugersdorp in 1896 and helped treat some of the wounded, who had taken part in the Jameson Raid. Names of several, who had served in the BSA Police mentioned.
19 September 2009
Title: Baden-Powell at Mafeking
Author: Grinnell-Milne, Duncan
Publisher: The Bodley Head, London, 1957
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Review: Numerous mentions of the BSA Police's role in the siege. The BSA Police barracks, the armoured train, Cannon Kopje, the BSA Police Fort and so on. Also deals with Plumer's relief column of which the BSA Police made up 200 of the 450 mounted men.
Peter Stiff
19 September 2009
Title: Nyati - The Last Quartermaster
Author: Hamley, Richard - BSA Police 5567/6219 - Served 1956-1982 (two tours)
Publisher: Regimental Association - United Kingdom Branch
ISBN :
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Review: This is the 21st, and probably final book, in the series of Books of the BSAP and is a tour de force of the BSAP. It is a compilation of the works of Richard Hamley, author, historian, artist and cartoonist. Former Assistant Commissioner Hamley was Senior Staff Officer Quartermaster when the flag of the BSAP was lowered for the last time and so became the Last Quartermaster of the BSAP. Richard is an accomplished artist, cartoonist, author, historian and is best known for his book 'The Regiment', now long out of print, a history of the BSAP accompanied by magnificent colour plates of BSAP uniforms worn by members through the years of its existence. Nyati includes a full facsimile of The Regiment with the plates and can be regarded as a pocket companion to Blue and Old Gold, the official history of the BSAP by Hugh Philips to whom Nyati is dedicated. Nyati also includes Richard's musing on other BSAP topics such as the Regimental Colours and his 'Random Reminiscences of a Rhodesian Copper', a series of cartoons depicting life in Depot and subsequent service in the BSAP. An appendix describes the present day activities of the BSAP Regimental Association and pays tribute to those historians and archivists who have done so much to preserve the history of what was a unique and probably the best police force in the world. Produced on gloss paper in full colour this is one book anyone who served in the BSAP should have on their book shelf.
12 November 2016
Title: The Regiment
Author: Hamley, Richard - BSA Police: 5567/6219 Served: Oct-1956 to Oct-1982;
Publisher:
- Quest Publishing (Pvt)Ltd. Salisbury : 1980
- Weltevredenpark, SA: Covos Day Books, .2000
- Cape Town : T.V.Bulpin & Books of Africa(Pty)Ltd. 1971

ISBN : 978 0620253949
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Review: The history of the uniforms of the BSA Police. The first edition appeared with black and white illustrations. The second edition by Quest Publishing included coloured plates and was a limited edition of 350 copies. It appears probable, however, that a number of pirated copies were also released into the market, allegedly by an employee of Mardon Printers in Salisbury. The last publication by Covos Books included a semi-soft cover edition.
19 September 2009
Title: Far Bugles
Author: Harding, Col. Colin, CMG
Publisher: London : Simpkin Marshall Ltd. 1933
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Review: Story of author's life and service in the Mashonaland Mounted Police and the BSA Police, from 1896 to the early 1900's. He was the head of the Barotseland Division of the BSA Police and resigned in 1905, over the implementation of hut tax. Later served in the Colonial Police in West Africa and during the Great War of 1914 - 18, was a battalion commander.
19 September 2009
Title: Frontier Patrols

Author: Harding, Col. Colin, CMG
Publisher:
- Western Printing Services - Bristol : 1937.
- G. Bell & Sons - London : 1938

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Review: A history of the BSA Police (from its inception to about 1936) and other Rhodesian Forces. Includes a chapter devoted to the BSACP, together with information about the Jameson Raid and the BSA Police. Contains eleven photographs relevant to the BSACP and BSA Police. Appendix includes all casualties up to 1897, list of those who served in the Rhodesia Native Regt. during the Great War. Honours and Awards and those who died during the 1914-18 War also included.
19 September 2009
Title: In Remotest Barotseland
Author: Harding, Col. Colin, CMG
Publisher: Hurst & Blackett, London, 1905
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Review: An account of his service as head of the Barotseland Division of the BSA Police - Peter Stiff, 4831
19 September 2009

Author: Hardy, Alan
Title: Some Famous Rhodesian Trials
Publisher: Books of Zimbabwe - Bulawayo : 1981
ISBN : 978 0869202357
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Review: A visit down memory lane by a Rhodesian school teacher to the criminal courts and some of famous cases between 1904 - 1979, all of which would have been investigated and brought to trial by members of the British South Africa Police.
19 September 2009
Title: On the South African Frontier
Author: Harvey-Brown, William
Publisher:
-Sampson Low, Marston & Co. - London : 1899.
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1970.

ISBN : 978 1241515713
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Review: The adventures and observations of an American in Mashonaland and Matabeleland in the 1890's. The book has an index and the BSACP is only mentioned twice in passing, although there is a chapter devoted to law and order in the early days.
19 September 2009
Title: Artillery of the Jameson Raid
Author: Heunis, M C
Publisher: Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps, Ferndale - 2005
Review: Although only a small book, it is said to be very informative, not just about artillery and machine guns, but also other aspects of the Raid from both the raiders and defenders side.
Geoff Quick

19 September 2009
Title: The Men who made Rhodesia
Author: Hickman, Col. Arthur Selwyn - BSA Police: 2622 - Served: Aug-1924 to Nov-1955
Publisher: British South Africa Company - Salisbury : 1960.
ISBN :
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Review: This book is a detailed register of the men who participated in the occupation of Mashonaland and formed the core of the British South Africa Company Police (BSACP). The unit's origins and brief biographies of the men make an interesting collection of information on the BSACP.
19 September 2009
Title: Rhodesia Served the Queen (Vol. I & II)
Author: Hickman, Col. Arthur Selwyn - BSA Police: 2622 - Served: Aug-1924 to Nov-1955
Publisher: Southern Rhodesia Government - Salisbury : 1970.
ISBN :
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Review: This comprehensive and interestingly composed history focuses on Rhodesia’s part in the Boer War and events leading up to it. Taken from personal research and investigation with visits to many of the sites and discussions with individuals, the author has presented his work in a non-textbook readable style, going into much detail about major through to minor almost previously unheard of incidents, clashes and actions, including names of not just senior officers but down to the other ranks who do not often rate a mention in broader histories. Numerous references to BSAP involvement appear as would be expected from Hickman. He quotes liberally from personal correspondence between military personnel and their families/friends, gives many potted biographies, supported by maps, photos (including some ‘then and now’), and sketches
Ted Dowling
11 January 2017
Title: Battle for Zimbabwe - The Final Countdown
Author: Hill, Geoffrey
Publisher: Zebra Press, 2003
ISBN 978 1868726523:
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Review: The author is a former member of the Rhodesian Army's Intelligence Corp., who was attached to Special Branch, Mount Darwin during the terrorist war
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Without the Law - Truth, Lies and Mistakes
Author: Hobley, Charles William “Bill” - BSA Police: 4234 - Served: Dec-1947 to 1979.
Publisher: Whole Earth Books Harare : 2000.
ISBN : 0-7974-1923-3
Review: The author joined the BSA Police in 1947 and retired in the rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1979. He spent most of his time in the C.I.D. stationed in Salisbury. The book covers many of the cases he was involved with during his career.
19 September 2009
Title: Zambesi Patrol
Author: Hoddinott, John H BSA Police: 2753 - Served: Feb-1926 to May-1946
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2008
ISBN :
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Review: Previously unpublished, Zambesi Patrol is an account of a patrol undertaken by Trooper John Hoddinott in 1928 in the Zambesi Valley to verify a report that smallpox was ravaging the area and, if so to establish cordons to prevent the spread of the disease and to vaccinate the native population. Written in patrol diary style recording every day of a more than four month patrol it provides an insight into what was demanded of a BSAP Trooper in a wilderness area in those days. Leaving Gokwe with three African staff and twenty two porters John Hoddinott trekked an estimated 1500 miles wearing out four pairs of boots. Pack animals could not be used because of tsetse fly. He had encounters with wild animals, crossed the Zambesi River by dug out canoe, met African Chiefs and overcame the problems involved with vaccinating hundreds of persons. Much of the territory he covered would be inundated by the waters of the Kariba Dam.
Fred Punter
19 September 2009
Title: Old Rhodesian Days
Author: Hole, Hugh Marshall Lt. Col CMG
Publisher:
- MacMillan & Co. Ltd. - London : 1928
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1976.

ISBN :
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Review: Was part of the Pioneer Column which occupied Mashonaland and was involved with the administration of the country in the 1890's. His book includes a section on early policing in Rhodesia.
19 September 2009
Title: Jameson Raid
Author: Hole, Hugh Marshall Lt. Col CMG
Publisher:
- Philip Alan & Co. Ltd - London : 1930
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia Bulawayo : 1973

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Review: An authoritative account of the abortive 1896 Jameson Raid into the Transvaal. The majority of the troops involved were policemen from Mashonaland and Matabeleland, as well as Bechuanaland
19 September 2009

Title:Bound for Africa
Author: Hubbard, Douglas Hopwood - BSA Police: 9137 - Served: Jan-1974 to Jan-1976
Publisher: Naval Institute Press - Annapolis: 2008
ISBN: : 978-1-59114-394-9
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This is the story of the author's introduction to Africa at a time when much of the continent was in the grips of Cold War skirmishes between the free world and the communist forces of China and the Soviet Union. Frayed from three years of service during the Vietnam War, Hubbard traveled to Africa intending to become a rural police­man in a quiet area of what was then Rhodesia. The counterinsur­gency war flared soon after, a conflict that bore many of the same characteristics of the country he had just left. Hubbard describes his assimilation into the police force and into Rhodesian society, and he recounts the challenges and satisfaction of leading and training young Africans. This is a very personal story of the frustrations he faced and of the attitudes and spirit of the nation's racially mixed security force.
'Bound for Africa is a particularly timely book about an important continent which the United States has, until recently, largely ignored. An almost Kiplingesque tale of an American serving in a counterinsurgency role at the end of white rule in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and the beginnings of the murderous misgovernment of Robert Mugabe, the book contains valuable insights into Africa and lessons which are directly applicable to today's Global War on Terrorism.'
Rear Admiral T A Brooks, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Director of Naval Intelligence
19 September 2009
Title: Blue and Old Gold
Author: Multiple with forward by Huggins, Sir Godfrey
Publisher: Howard Timmins Cape Town : 1953.
ISBN :
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Review: A selection of stories from the BSA Police Outpost magazine by various authors, published by permission of the Commissioner of Police Brigadier J.Appelby.
19 September 2009
Title: Police of the World
Author: Ingleton, Roy D
Publisher: Ian Allan, - London: 1979
ISBN : 978 0711009110
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Review: The BSA Police is covered on pages 136 - 139 and includes three photographs of town and district members, as well as a woman patrol officer and a woman constable.
Geoff Quick
Title: Historic Buildings of Harare 1890 - 1940
Author: Jackson, Peter
Publisher: Quest Publishing - Salisbury : 1986
ISBN : 0 908306 02 4
Availabilty: Amazon

Review: The title of the book is self explanatory and includes references to buildings occupied by the BSA Police, in particular the old police station in Baker Avenue, police cottage in Rhodes Avenue, barracks in Fife Avenue, Cecil House and the Commandants Office in Morris Depot.
5 December 2016
Title: Great Days
Author: Johnson, Sir Frank SO
Publisher:
- G.Bell & Sons Ltd - London : 1940.
- Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1972.

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Review: The autobiography of a member of the Bechuanaland Border Police, who was contracted by Rhodes to occupy Mashonaland in 1890. Johnson's Pioneer Corps was accompanied on its march by the newly formed BSACP and as such this is also the story of the BSACP's roll in the occupation of Mashonaland.
5 December 2016
Title: Black Frontiers
Author: Kemp, Samuel
Publisher: George Harrap & Co. Ltd. - London : 1932
ISBN :
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Review: A non-fictional account of the author Sam Kemp's adventures in southern Africa including his time in the BSACP as No. 458 Trooper S Kemp, discharged at Ft Vic 30th Sept 1891 and dedicated to a “A Trooper, Rhodesian Mounted Police'.
6 December 2016
Title: Uniforms of the Security Forces of Rhodesia
Author: Laird, DJ and Dark, ST - Major
Publisher: Musketeer Press - Salisbury : 1979.
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Illustrated history of the country's military uniforms, including the BSA Police.
6 December 2016
Title: How we made Rhodesia
Author: Leonard, Arthur Glyn - Major
Publisher:
- Kegan Paul, TrenchTrubner & Co. - London : 1896.
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia Bulawayo: 1973

ISBN : 978 1135784287
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Review: A professional soldier and member of the British South Africa Company Police, who was officer in charge of “E” Troop of the BSACP. This is his diary covering the period, when he was based at Fort Matlaputla in north-east Bechuanaland and later at Fort Tuli in Matabeleland. During his two years service with the BSACP, Leonard came in contact with many of those who were associated with the founding of Rhodesia.
7 December 2016
Title: Never Quite a Soldier
Author: Lemon, David Michael - BSA Police: 8693 - Served: Oct-1971 to Sep-1982 Publisher:
- Albida Books Stroud : 2001
- Galago Publishing - Alberton 2006

ISBN : 978 1902320229
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Review: Described as the powerful, compelling and brutally honest story of a member of the BSA Police and his involvement in the terrorist war, as a member of the Support Unit. 7 December 2016
Title: Guide to Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Author: Levin,LS - editor
Publisher: A.J.Levin. Salisbury, Rhodesia : Various dates
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: During the existence of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, between 1953 - 63, what was described as an Annual Book was published. It was basically an “everything you ever wanted to know about the Federation “publication. There was always a section dealing with the BSA Police, updated each year and which was probably based on information obtained from the Commissioner's Annual Report.
8 December 2016
Title: Rhodesia Patrol
Author: Lloyd, Frank Eric. “Lofty” BSA Police: 3271 - Served: Jan-1932 to 1955
Publisher: Arhur H.Stockwell Ltd. Ilfraccombe, Devon : 1965
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The book is autobiographical by a former member of the BSA Police, who attested in 1932. He absconded during World War II in order to join up, although he was caught in Northern Rhodesia and imprisoned for a month in the Depot Cells. He was the Depot Mess Caterer in the early 1950's and retired in 1955.
8 December 2016
Title: Contact >
Author: Lovett,, John - BSA Police “A” Reservist.
Publisher: Galaxie Press - Salisbury : 1977.
ISBN : 978 0869250532
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The book is described as a pictorial profile of the terrorist war and Rhodesia's armed services. There are frequent references to the BSA Police and members who served in the Force. 9 December 2016
Title: A Slice of Life
Author: Lumholtz, Ludvig L. - BSA Police: 3385 - Served: May-1934 to Aug-1956
Publisher: Pentland Press Ltd. - Durham : 1992
ISBN : 978 1872795515
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Author is in fact Lionel Lumholst-Smith a former member of the CID in the BSA Police and is the story of his life in the Force. 9 December 2016
Title: When the Going was Rough - A Rhodesian Story
Author: MacBruce, James
Publisher: Femina Publishers - Pretoria: 1983
ISBN: : 0 907996 68 X
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The book is based on the people of Umtali who stood up to armed confrontation by ZANLA terrorists and Mocambique's FRELIMO troops who launched random rocket attacks against the town. MacBruce makes frequent reference to the BSA Police and a number of units within the force and includes a chapter entitled 'Pro rege, pro lege'.
9 December 2016
Title: Man of Mafeking
Author: Main, Elizabeth
Publisher: The Botswana Society - Gaborone : 1996
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Described as the Bechuanaland Years of Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams, who was at one time commander of the Bechuanaland Border Police (BBP) and was one of those entrapped in Mafeking during the Siege, together with elements of the BSA Police No.1 Division. The BSACP is mentioned a number of times in the book.
10 December 2016
Title: The Birth of a Dilemma
Author: Mason, Phillip
Publisher: OUP - London : 1958
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The conquest and settlement of Rhodesia, with much information about the early days of both the BBP and the BSACP
10 December 2016
Title: No Mean Soldier
Author: McAleese, Peter
Publisher: Orion - London : 1993
ISBN : 978 1857974881
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Author was a former member of the SAS., who came to Rhodesia and joined the army during the terrorist war. He writes about working with the Rhodesian Special Branch.
10 December 2016
Title: War History of Southern Rhodesia 1939-45 - 2 Vols
Author: McDonald, J.F.
Publisher:
- Southern Rhodesia Stationary Office - Salisbury : 1947 (Vol.1)
- Authority of Government of Southern Rhodesia Salisbury : 1950 (Vol.2)

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: History of Rhodesian Forces during WWII, with a few references to the part played by the BSA Police.
12 December 2016
Title: Rhodes - A Life
Author: McDonald, JG
Publisher:
- Philip Alan & Co. Ltd. - London: 1927
- Books of Rhodesia, Bulawayo: 1971

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: One of the many biographies written about Rhodes and although the name of the BSA Police is not recorded in the index, includes a chapter 'Cutting the Road' about the BSACP (which is mentioned) and the Pioneer Column's march to occupy Mashonaland in 1890.
Geoff Quick
12 December 2016
Title: Ragtime Soldiers
Author: McLaughlan, Peter
Publisher: Maddox Printers - Bulawayo : 1980.
ISBN : 0 86920 232 4
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Includes many references to the involvement of the BSA Police and the BSA Police Service Coy. during the First World War, both at home and abroad.
12 December 2016
Title: Humphrey Gibbs - Beleaguered Governor
Author: Megahey, Alan
Publisher:
- MacMillan Press Ltd. - Basingstoke : 1998
- St. Martin's Press. Inc. - New York : 1998.

ISBN :
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Review: A biography of Sir Humphrey Gibbs, who became the Governor of Southern Rhodesia in 1959 and served during the time of UDI. Mention made of the BSA Police and a number of individuals who served in the Force.
12 December 2016
Title: Sword and Spear
Author: Mellow, Francis Horace - BSA Police: 2538 - Served: Jul-1923 to Jan-1924
Publisher: Selwyn & Blount - London : 1930.
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: The autobiography of a soldier who served in India and then joined the BSA Police/ Chapter two (Part II) deals with the author's experiences in the BSA Police and includes a picture of him with a mounted group.
13 December 2016
Title: South African Bibliography, 1910
Author: Mendelssohn, Sidney
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Page 55 records “The account of the Jameson Raid is prefaced by a short history of Rhodesia, from the granting of the Royal Charter to the death of Lobengula, and a sketch of the Boers up to the time of the Raid.
13 December 2016
Title: Makaha
Author: Mocke, Ebenezer - BSA Police: 1437 - Served: May 1911 to Oct 1918
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association UK Branch, 2007
Availabilty: BSAP Regimental Shop
Review: Makaha is another of Trooper Eben Mocke's highly readable stories about the BSAP. In 1916 he was posted to the one man station at Makaha, north east of Mtoko and near the then Portuguese East Africa border. He describes the Station at that time, the few Europeans who lived in the area, the gold mining ventures and problems there. He had to deal with a rebellion among the African tribes over the border against the Portuguese authorities and the resulting refugees. Due to this, reinforcements, including a Major, arrived at the station and Mocke writes amusingly of trying to cope with this influx aided by the invaluable assistance of his African cook.
Fred Punter
13 December 2016
Title: Kalahari Patrol
Author: Mocke, Ebenezer - BSA Police: 1437 - Served: May 1911 to Oct 1918
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association UK Branch, 2007
Availabilty: BSAP Regimental Shop
Review: Eben Mocke was a prolific writer of stories about the BSAP. One of his best was Kalahari Patrol He tells of an eight month patrol carried out in 1912 in the area later to become Wankie National Park. The purpose of the patrol was to investigate poaching of game and alleged cattle smuggling from Northern Rhodesia to South Africa through S. Rhodesia territory, which was strictly forbidden and also to map the area for intelligence purposes. Transport consisted of his horse, a pack mule and donkeys. Starting out with two African Constables, by the end of the patrol and after many adventures, he had been joined by some thirty camp followers, mostly primitive bushmen. He suffered hunting injuries, near death from thirst and black water fever and owed his life to the care and knowledge of natural remedies of the bushmen.
Fred Punter
13 December 2016
Title: Contact II
Author: Moorcroft, Paul
Publisher: Sygma Books - Johannesburg : 1982.
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Covers the history of events in Rhodesia 1977 - 79, with mention of the BSA Police and persons who served in the Force. Includes details of honours, awards and medal rolls, together with photographs and is a continuation of John Lovett's Contact.
13 December 2016
Title: Commandos de Brousse
Author: Ollivier, Patrick
Publisher: Bernard Grasset - Paris : 1985.

ISBN : 978 2246354819
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A book published in French, by a former member of the Grey Scouts, which was a military mounted unit during the terrorist war. Included are references to the BSA Police.
13 December 2016
Title: Pursuit of the King
Author: O'Reilly, John
Publisher: Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo: 1970
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: An important evaluation of the Shangani Patrol and the stand of Alan Wilson's reconnaissance party. The account has been reconstructed from an extensive bibliography and is enhanced by 11pages of annotations and 43 biographies. Frequent mentions of BBP and BSACP
Peter Stiff
13 December 2016
Title: Tip and Run
Author: Paice, Edward
Publisher: Wiedenfeld and Nicholson - London: 2007
ISBN: 978 0753823491
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: For those of us who tend to focus our attention on the Western Front this exposition of one of the African fronts is quite an eye opener, and it will probably become the core reference for the East African front in the Great War. It explains in detail the political dynamics and the military responses over four years of battle. The book is very well researched and written in an informative, authoritative but most readable style. The characters emerge as people dealing with the realities of fighting as a `sideshow' to the main events in Europe, but no less important in terms of the global impact. The index, sources and bibliography are excellent and encourage careful reading. Also it is blessed with good maps, particularly of the individual battlefields. As seems to be the case in wars in Africa, the campaign in East Africa left only one major loser; the Africans. The point is well made in this book which is recommended.
Mike McCarthy - Amazon Review

13 December 2016
Title: Jameson Raid
Author: Pakenham,Elizabeth
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson - London: 1960
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Although members of the Mashonaland and Matabeleland Mounted Police made up the majority of those involved in the Raid, the book does not contain and material which furthers the researchers interest in the Regimental History.
Geoff Quick
13 December 2016
Title: So Far & so Good
Author: Petmezaki, Denis - BSA Police Reserve: PR12213 - Served 1960-1980
Publisher: Sid Harta, 2011
ISBN: 46 119 415 842
Availabilty: Amazon Kindle
Review:
19 September 2009
Title: Sunrise Patrols
Author: Palmer, John Edgar - BSA Police: 2829 - Served: November 1926 to January 1933
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Ass. UK Branch, 2007
Availabilty: BSAP Regimental Shop
Review: Seeking a more eventful life, John Palmer resigned from his job as a storekeeper in Basutoland and joined the British South Africa Police in November 1926. He had to pay his own way to Salisbury then pass a medical before he knew he would be accepted. He describes vividly his experiences as a recruit in what was then a Mounted Infantry body of men under the watchful and feared eye of one of the characters of the Forec, Regimental Sergeant Major 'Jock' Douglas. On his Passout Parade, the Commissioner instructed the recruits to make all their patrols 'Sunrise Patrols', starting the day early so that the horses would have the advantage of cool travelling. Posted to Gwanda District, he took part in all the activities of a District Trooper, long patrols dealing with poachers, wild animals ranchers, farmers and miners are all described in detail. He became Member in Charge of the newly opened Beitbridge Police Station, where he was also the Immigration Officer and had to deal with many characters seeking entry into Southern Rhodesia. Then as Member in Charge Nyamadhlovu, where he was involved in a long murder case involving witchcraft All who want to know more about life in the more primitive parts of the country early in the 20th century will find it in this book.
Fred Punter

17 December 2016
Title: Assignment Selous Scouts
Author: Parker, Jim - BSA Police 8091 - Served: Jul-1968 to Dec-1973
Publisher: Galago Publishing. Alberton: 2006
ISBN : 978 1919854144
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Although involved in the conflict earlier while a regular policeman, the author stepped back into the Rhodesian Bush War in mid 1977 when as a farmer and a police A Reservist he was appointed as a Special Branch liaison officer with the Selous Scouts at their Chiredzi Fort in the Lowveld. Much of what he has written in this book has come from his personal knowledge and experience. Parker's book makes much reference to the BSA Police and its Special Branch.
The book has been placed on the Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Award 2007 Shortlist.
17 December 2016
Title: Plumer : The Soldier's General
Author: Powell, Geoffrey
Publisher: Leo Cooper/Barnsley - London : 1990
Republished by Pen & Sword Military Classics - 2004

ISBN : 978 1844150397
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Chapters two and three cover the 1893 Matabele Rebellion and the 1899 - 1902 South African War and includes references to the BSA Police and personalities who served in the Force at the time.

Geoff Quick
17 December 2016
Title: Commanding the Regiment
Author: Punter, Fred - BSA Police 4853 Served: Feb-1952 to July-1982
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2007
Availabilty: BSAP Regimental Shop
Review: Jointly written with Berry, John - See Review under Berry
17 December 2016
Title: Not Without Incident
Author: Rabbetts, William Henry 'Bunny' - BSA Police: 374 - Served: Sept-1902 to Aug- 1904
Publisher: BSAP Regimental Association United Kingdom Branch, 2007span>
Availabilty: BSAP Regimental Shop
Review: This is a previously unpublished memoir by one of the early members of the BSAP. In an incident filled life, 'Bunny Rabbetts ran away to sea at the age of twelve then later saw action in the Boer War. He first joined the BSAP in 1902, serving under such well known figures as RSM Blatherwick, and Colonels Bodle and Flint. He paints a vivid picture of life as a a trooper in those days. He then joined the Johannesburg Fire Brigade, leaving this to serve in the Natal Rebellion of 1906 in a unit formed by Sir Abe Bailey the mining magnate. After this he went to Bulawayo intending to become Chief of the Fire Brigade but by chance met there a BSAP Officer who persuaded him to re-join the Police. This period of service from 1906 to 1911 took him to District stations like Wankie and Victoria Falls. He describes the characters he met, including Trooper Phelan, the main suspect in the Killarney Gold Robbery. Still restless, he left the Police in 1911 and managed the West Nicholson Hotel while also carrying on business as a transport contractor for the giant Liebig's Ranch. The area was teeming with lions and one of the people he met was 'Yank'Allen, the legendary lion hunter. He went on to be a prospector in Southern and Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland. He finishes this account in 1914 when he once again went into uniform at the outbreak of war in 1914.
Fred Punter
17 December 2016
Title: Service before Self
Author: Radford, Mark Philip
Publisher: Mark Radford - Wellington : 1996
ISBN :978 0952447207
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A short history of the BSACP, Mashonaland and Matabeleland Mounted Police and the BSA Police. Extensive pictures of BSA Police insignia over ten pages.
17 December 2016
Title: Rulers of Rhodesia
Author: Ransford, Oliver Dr.
Publisher: John Murray - London : 1968.
ISBN : 978 0719518225
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A readable introduction to the ancient history of the area we called Rhodesia. It begins with the domination of the Rhodesian highveld plateau by the Bushmen until the were pushed out by the arrival of Bantu speaking tribes from the north. It follows the succession of rulers from the Karangas in the 1500's; the Portuguese in the 1600's; the Rozwi, then the Ndebele and finally the Europeans in the 1800's. Of interest to us, however, is the four chapters (which constitutes almost half the book by volume) which cover the British expedition to occupy Mashonaland and the subsequent struggle to maintain their foothold. Chapter 6 (Cecil Rhodes) covers the background and formation of the BSACo Police; Chapter 7 (The Pioneers) chronicles the push into Mashonaland, the border dispute with the Portuguese which culminated in the foray by Major Forbes and the final occupation of Matabeleland. Chapter 8 (The Shangani Patrol) narrates the demise of Alan Wilson's patrol and the chase for Lobengula, and Chapter 9 (The Rebellion) covers the Matabele and Mashona Rebellions which includes a narrative of the Mazoe Patrol. This is an authoritative book which contains a comprehensive bibliography for those wishing to do further reading on the subject. An interesting, recommended read.
Frank Flowers (7404)

17 December 2016
Title: Bulawayo : Historic Battle Ground of Rhodesia
Author: Ransford, Oliver
Publisher: A.A. Balkema - Cape Town: 1968
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The title of the book identifies the contents. Although the name BSA Police does not appear in the index, there is reference to the Regiment in the text. It is probable that members of the BSA Police were present at some of the battles described in the book.
17 December 2016
Title: Monarch of All I Survey
Author: Ray, Charles, Sir
Editors: Parsons, Neil and Crowder, Michael
Publisher: The Botswana Society - Gaborone : 1988.
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The Bechuanaland Diaries 1929 - 37 of Sir Charles Rey, the countries Resident Commissioner. The part played by the BSA Police at the re-internment of the former Rhodesian Premier in the Matopos is described. There is also mention of Lt. Col. R.M. Daniel a former member of the BSA Police No.1 Division and Col. R.S. Godley, a former member of the BSA Police, who in 1935 spent two years re-organising the Bechuanaland Police and had prior to his arrival in the country published his autobiography Khaki and Blue. The son of Baden-Powell, hero of Mafeking and founder of the Boy Scouts, is mentioned as having passed through Bechuanaland on his way north to join the BSA Police in May, 1934.

17 December 2016
Title: Various
Author: Rider-Haggard, Sir Henry and others
Publisher: Odhams Press - London: 1936
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Contains Sir Henry Rider Haggard's extremely well written factual account of the last stand of the Allan Wilson Patrol under the title 'Major Wilson's Last Fight' - Peter Stiff
20 December 2016
Title: Obituary Index.
Author: Rogers, Clifford Ernest. - BSA Police: 4735 Served: Jun-1951 to Jun-1954
Publisher: Unpublished
An alphabetical list of obituaries published in the Regimental Magazines of the BSA Police between 1912 - 1983; The Jameson Raid 1895 - 96. The names of those persons who took part in the Jameson Raid, with an introduction and explanatory notes. The British South Africa Police: Military Operations Outside Southern Rhodesia during World War One and Two jointly edited with Berry, John (ed) and Stock, Alan Peter (ed) BSAP Regimental Association UK Branch, 2008 - See Review under Berry.
20 December 2016
Title: The Valiant Years
Author: Salt, Beryl
Publisher: Galaxie Press (1974)(Pvt) Ltd. - Salisbury : 1978.
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of Rhodesia from 1890 - 1978 through the facsimile reproduction of newspaper and other printed articles. The BSA Police features on a number of pages.
20 December 2016
Title: From High Street to High Veldt
Author: Savage, John Henry - BSA Police 4663 - Served: Oct-1950 to 1968
Publisher: DB Publishing - Mandurah: 2003
ISBN : 187657562X
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: The autobiography of a former member of the BSA Police, covering in particular the years he served in the Force between 1950 - 68, when he was stationed in places such as Umtali Rural, Odzi, Doma, Sinoia, Shamva, Selukwe and Gwelo. His story covers the 1951 Police Display, Royal visit of 1953, the Royal Review of 1962 and includes mention of the Police Reserve. The author was the last of the London based recruiting officers for the BSA Police. We both enjoyed John's book tremendously. His easy-to-read style, wry sense of humour and skill as a sketch artist brought his story to life. The tales he tells of becoming a Rhodesian policeman while still a teenager and of his experiences serving in the high veldt are enlightening and entertaining, and his drawings are delightful. We thoroughly recommend you read this book. Dave and Rosie Bowen

20 December 2016
Title: A Town called Victoria
Author: Sayce, Katherine
Publisher: Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1978
ISBN: 978-0869201794
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of the town of Fort Victoria. Although the BSA Police is not included in the book's index, inevitably the names of several members of the Force, who served in the town are mentioned.
20 December 2016
Title: Sir Graham Bower's Secret History of the Jameson Raid
Author: Bower, Graham, Sir
Editors: Schreuder. Deryck and Butler, Jeffrey
Publisher: Van Riebeeck Society - Cape Town: 2002
ISBN : 978-0958411295
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Described as having a great deal of relevance to anybody researching the subject. Members of the Rhodesian Police Force made up many of the troops involved in the Raid.
Geoff Quick
20 December 2016
Title: Sunshine and Storm in Rhodesia
Author: Selous, Frederick Courtney
Publisher:
- Rowland Ward & Co. Ltd. - London : 1896
- Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1968.

ISBN : 978-1603550598
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Selous was a famous hunter who guided the 1890 Pioneer Column to Mashonaland. This is his narrative of events in Matabeleland before and during the 1896 Rebellion. Although the police force is only mentioned once, the book contains an Appendix giving the names of casualties, which includes members of the BSA Police.
20 December 2016
Title: The Memoirs Of George Selby
Author: Selby, George
Publisher: Sable Publishing House, 2007
ISBN : 0-9549488-Q-Q
Availabilty: Amazon
Review:An autobiography of a normal working man swept up in the winds of change in Rhodesia. His life starting from a high school boy to serving and protect his beloved country and the people that lived in it. His time serving in the BSA Police Reserve force saw him serving in places like Salisbury, Nyamaropa, Mayo, Mount Darwin and Green Convoy.
Mike Selby
15 January 2017
Title: The Victorians Memories of South Africa and Rhodesia
Author: Seward, Anthony - BSA Police 5923
Publisher: Trafford, 2006
ISBN: 1-4120-9147-0
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: This is the autobiography of a former member of the B.S.A. Police, of Rhodesia, a force with a long and distinguished reputation as one of the finest police forces in the world. Born in London England in 1940 Tony Seward attested into the B.S.A. Police on the 17th November 1958 and served for twenty-five years in the force before retiring in 1983 as an Inspector. They were turbulent times in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Harold Macmillan’s “winds of change” had turned into a raging storm of political unrest, which swept through Africa culminating in an all out terrorist war, which eventually engulfed the entire region. Tony found himself thrown into this turmoil and became a reluctant rebel when the Rhodesian Government declared unilateral independence on the 11th November 1965. Terrorist incursions into the country were increasing and there was no time to reflect upon the rights or wrongs of the Ian Smith Governments unilateral declaration of independence. He spent much of his service in Victoria Province in the South of Rhodesia and most of that in the South Eastern area at Vila Salazar, a police post on the Mozambique border where the countries Political restricted were being held in camps. He grew to love the Gonarezhou area, its wild life and its people and made many friends in Rhodesia, South Africa and Mozambique during his service in that area. As the terrorist war crept Southwards Tony cultivated these friends as willing agents for the Rhodesian Security branch. He tells of the tragedies and triumphs of the country then attacked from all directions and the eventual take over of the Rhodesian Government by the Mugabe led Zimbabwe African National Union in April 1980. After his retirement in 1983 Tony moved to take up the position of site manager of the Kyle boat club near Masvingo in the new Zimbabwe. He tells of the deterioration of the economy and the eventual land invasions by former terrorists and others hungry for land. Personal concerns for his own safety and security resulted in Tony returning to the United Kingdom in 2004 and his struggles to get into the “system”. He tells of his efforts to re establish old friendships and how he has managed to adjust to his new environment after fifty-seven years in Africa
Tony Seward

15 January 2017

Title: My Memoirs of the British South Africa Police 1966-1981
Author: Shaw, John - BSA Police 7556; Served 1966-1981
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers/Helion, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-928211-71-6 / 978-1-910294-98-7
Availabilty: Amazon
Throughout the author's life in Northern Rhodesia his father was a member of the Northern Rhodesia Police and the author sets about recording various incidents in the life of a youngster growing up on the numerous towns and police stations at which his father served. The family moved to Southern Rhodesia in 1964. Finalizing his secondary schooling at Chaplin Scoll, Gwelo, Rhodesia in 1965, the author joined the British South Africa Police (BSAP) in March, 1966, and elected to go into the district branch of the Force.The author traces his career from a young patrol officer, through the various ranks and district police stations on which he served, to his retirement in August, 1981 as a superintendent, in what was then Zimbabwe.
John Shaw - White River
Updated: 16 December 2015
Title: The Silent War
Author: Shay, Reg and Vermaak, Chris
Publisher: Galaxie Press, Salisbury : 1971
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Part 1 of the book covers Rhodesia and the terrorist war during the period 1967 - 70 with interesting stories about the BSA Police , together with photographs depicting several members of the Force, who served during those years.
15 January 2017
Title: Cloak without Dagger
Author: Sillitoe, Sir Percy Joseph, KBE - BSA Police: 970 - Served: 1908 to 1911
Publisher: - Cassell: 1955
- Pan Books : 1956

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The autobiography of a former member of the BSA Police who attested on 25-Apr-1908 and after completing his three went onto serve in the NRP. In subsequent years served as the Chief Constable of a number of Forces in England before becoming head of British Intelligence MI5.
15 January 2017
Title: 60 Years of Good Cheer
Author: Simleit, Philip
Publisher: Privately Published, Salisbury : 1980
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: The autobiography and memories of the person who founded Phlip's Central Cellars, a company based in Salisbury and well known in Rhodesia's wine trade for many years. Includes a chapter, together with photographs covering the author's service as a Reservist in the BSA Police during WWII and subsequent years.
Geoff Quick
15 January 2017
Title: The Story of Melsetter
Author: Sinclair, Shirley
Publisher: M.O.Collins (Pty)Ltd - Salisbury : 1971
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of Melsetter in Rhodesia's Eastern Highlands from the beginning until the early 1970's. There is mention of the BSA Police at Melsetter and some of the members of the Force who served at that station.
17 January 2017
Title: Bush Pig District Cop
Author: Smith, Ivan Peter Thornton - BSA Police 7357; Served 1965-1977
Publisher: Helion UK
ISBN: 978-1-909982-29-1
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Personal account of my service 1964-1979
Ivan Smith
Updated: 21 January 2017
Title: Reluctant Rebel
Author: Spurling, Basil Gordon - BSA Police 3100 - Served: 1929 to 1965
Publisher: Voortrekkerspers - South Africa : 1966
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The author was Commissioner of the BSA Police from 1958 - 63, although there is little relating directly to the Force and is mainly the authors views on events leading up to Rhodesia's UDI on 11th. November, 1965.
17 January 2017
Title: British South Africa Police : A Force at War
Author: Steen , Trevor T - BSA Police 9048 - Served: 1973 to 1978
Publisher: Kudu Publishing - Belfast : 1997
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: The author is a former member of the BSA Police, describing his involvment in the terrorist war. One reader, who served with Steen at Inyanga, has said that it is regrettable that the book has to be included in the Bibliography as it contains a number of major errors. A photograph of the author's recruit training squad in Depot, with the caption that he was the only survivor of the war is incorrect, as all are known to have survived. A claim by the author, that he leopard crawled from Nyamaropa in north-east Rhodesia to Nyadzonya in Mocambique and identified a terrorist camp, is pure fiction.
17 January 2017
Title: The Selous Scouts : Top Secret War
Author: Stiff, Peter - BSA Police: 4831 - Served: 1951 to 1972 and Reid Daly, Ron - Lt. Col.
Publisher: Galago Publishing - Alberton : 1982
ISBN : 978-0620057714
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This is the story of the Selous Scouts and their involvement in the terrorist war. Although the Scouts was a military unit. It was a concept first tried by members of the BSA Police in 1973. Book includes frequent mention of the BSA Police and individual members of the Force.

17 January 2017
Title: See You in November
Author: Stiff, Peter - BSA Police: 4831 - Served: 1951 to 1972
Publisher: Galago Publishing - Alberton : 1985
ISBN : 978-1919854052
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of Rhodesian Intelligence operations in Zambia during the 1970's. The BSA Police is mentioned, as are individuals, who were served in the Force. Although the author is a former member of the BSA Police, the book is not a particularly noteworthy source of information about the Regiment's history.
17 January 2017
Title: Taming the Landmine
Author: Stiff, Peter - BSA Police: 4831 - Served: 1951 to 1972
Publisher: Galago - Alberton, RSA : 1986
ISBN: 0-9470-2004-7
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Covers the development of landmine protected vehicles in southern Africa. Includes details of the first landmine blasts in Rhodesia (the second involved a policeman. It describes efforts made by the Rhodesian pioneers in this field, Chief Inspector Don Hollingworth and Inspector Dave Perkins. It details the mine protected Land-Rover, the Rhino, the police model Puma and so on. It also gives the total casualties from landmine blasts during the war - Peter Stiff
17 January 2017
Title: Our Regiments In South Africa : 1899 - 1902
Author: Stirling, John
Publisher:
- J.B.Hayward & Son - 1994
- Naval and Military Press : 2009

ISBN : 978-1843420279
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The activities of the various regiments involved in the South African War, compiled from official despatches sent back to London, with the BSA Police covered on pages 219 - 222, and includes a list of BSA Police Honours and Awards.
17 January 2017
Title: Outpost : Stories of the Rhodesian Police
Author: Various
Compiled and Epilogue by Stock, Alan Peter - BSA Police: 6063 - Served: 1959 to 1984
Publisher: Books of Africa (Pty) Ltd - Cape Town : 1970
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A selection of stories taken from the BSA Police the Outpost magazine, which was first published as the Police Review in 1911.
17 January 2017
Title: Nominal Roll of Members of the British South Africa Company's Police (BSACP) with Alphabetical Index
Author: Sutton, John P A - BSA Police: 7670 - Served: Jan-1967 to Jan-1970, 8725 Jan-1972 to Sep-1980
Publisher: Private - Johannesburg
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: The title of the publication is self explanatory. It does not, however, contain names of Offices of the BSACP, details of whom can be found in Hickman's 'The Men who made Rhodesia'.
30 January 2017
Title: With Plumer in Matabeleland.
Author: Sykes, Frank W.
Publisher:
- Archibald Constable & Co. London : 1897.
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1972

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Reports on military activities in Matabeleland in 1896 during the Rebellion. The book does not have an index. Includes two photographs of members of the Matabele Native Police. Names of members of the Matabeleland Mounted Police are also mentioned.

30 January 2017
Title: Founders of Rhodesia
Author: Tanser, George Henry
Publisher: OUP - Salisbury : 1950
Availabilty: Amazon

30 January 2017
Title: A Scantling of Time : The story of Salisbury, Rhodesia 1890 - 1900
Author: Tanser, George Henry
Publisher: Stuart Manning (Pty) Ltd. - Salisbury : 1965
ISBN : 978 0869180013
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The title of the book is self explanatory, which is indexed and includes frequent references to the BSACP, BSA Police and the BSA Native Police as well as the Matabele Mounted Police.

30 January 2017
Title: A Sequence of Time : The story of Salisbury Rhodeisa 1900 - 1914
Author: Tanser, George Henry
Publisher: Pioneer Head- Salisbury : 1974
ISBN : 978 0869180020
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Includes frequent mention of the BSA Police.

30 January 2017
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Title: Tommy Goes Home
Author: Stiff,Peter - BSA Police: 4831; Served: 1951 to 1972
Publisher: Jacaranda Press, Salisbury : 1977
ISBN: 978 0797402799
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The true story of how the eccentric Manfred Forster and his family bought a lion cub from a lion park in West Germany and took it with them overland to Africa with the intention of releasing it back into the wild. It explains how during their travels in Angola they found themselves in advertantly involved in the war that raged there during the Portuguese pull-out.
Peter Stiff
1 February 2017
Title: Mugabe - My Part in His Victory
Author: Walmsley, Chris - BSA Police NSPO900460 (Nevin Weakley); Served 1974
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing, 2011
ISBN: : 978-1908447647
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This publication is nostalgic, humorous, and both serious and light hearted. Written by a former NSPO it is the story of his time in the BSAP and whilst some names therein have been changed for various reasons it is not difficult to identify those with whom one is aware of, or had contact with, during service. Well worth a read.
Brian Pym
1 February 2017
Title: It's Dead Simple, Really
Author: Young, David - BSA Police: 6783; Served: 1962 to 1983
Publisher: David Young, 2008
ISBN: 0-7974-1906-3
Availabilty: Author Sales
Review: How and why people learn. Why they very often don't. How to improve your learning opportunities and abilities and achieve lifelong learning.
David Young
1 February 2017
Title: World Police and Paramilitary Forces
Author: Andrade, John M.
Publisher: Stockton Press, London : 1986
ISBN: : 978 1349077847
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Pages 239-240 deal with the Zimbabwe Republic Police Force, with much mention of the BSAP.
Geoff Quick
1 February 2017
Title: Rhodesia: Last Outpost of the British Empire 1890-1980
Author:Baxter, Peter
Publisher: Galago Publishing Pty Ltd 2010
ISBN: 978-1-9149854-39-7
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: I've just finished reading Peter Baxter's 500+ page book, Rhodesia - Last Outpost of the British Empire 1890 -1980., Published by Galago, April 2010 in hardback under ISBN 978-1-919854-39-7 ( ISBN 1-919-85439-8) This is a most informative and detailed narrative covering the political history of Rhodesia from beginning to end. Very readable with side stories, previously unheard of by yours truly . Well laced with references to the British South Africa Police ( In fact the jacket cover shows a mounted police officer in full dress kit, infront of the Blatherwick memorial, Morris depot, with the green and white Rhodesia flag and the Regimental flag.) including the Pioneer Column, Jameson Raid, riots in the 60's, Special branch, CIO and a postscript of the post independence rule of Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF. If you have never read about Rhodesia, this is the one book I would highly recommend to get a good grasp relating the ,characters,making of a country, the issues leading to UDI and the eventual capitulation leading to black rule.
Roger Capper, ex-BSAP 5936.

1 February 2017
Title: The Parting Years - A British Family and the end of the Empire
Author: Bevan, Sheila
Publisher: Radcliffe Press - London : 2001.
ISBN : 978 1860647345
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story itself is not relevant to the BSA Police. The author, however, was married to Alfred Trevor BEVAN, a former member of the BSA Police (3790). Although the marriage took place after Trevor had left the Rhodesian Police, there are references to his service in the BSA Police and his meeting with members of the Force during his service in Nyasaland.
23 January 2017
Title: The Saints: The Rhodesia Light Infantry
Author: Binda,Alexandre and Cocks, Christopher
Publisher: 30 Degrees Publishing, Johannesburg - 2007
ISBN : 978 1920143077
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of the RLI, although there is no mention of the BSAP in the index, but there are frequent mentions in the text, together with Special Branch, PATU and PRAW
Geoff Quick

23 January 2017
Title: Masodja: The Rhodesian African Rifles and Its Forerunner the Rhodesia Native Regiment
Author: Binda, Alexandre and Hepenstall, David
Publisher: 30 Degrees Publishing - Johannesburg : 2007
ISBN : 978 1920143039
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Masodja is the pronunciation of “soldier” in the Shona language. The publication is the history of the Rhodesia African Rifles and its forerunner, the Rhodesian Native Regiment. Contains indexed references to the BSAP on 44 pages, dated back to the Great War and the obligation the Army had to the Force in that and the Second World War. There are also frequent mentions of SB, PATU and PRAW.
Geoff Quick

23 January 2017
Title: Umkhonto we Sizwe: Fighting for a Divided People
Author: Bopela, Thula and Luthuli, Daluxolo
Publisher: Galago Publishing, Alberton
ISBN : 978 1919854168
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Two former South African terrorists, who took part in the joint ZIPRA/MK operation in the Wankie area in 1967, have written book giving the views of those involved on the other side. Bopela was arrested and convicted of the murder of five members of the Security Forces. Sentenced to death he was later reprieved and spent thirteen years in Khami Prison. He makes complimentary mention of members of the BSAP, including Ron Peters, Mac McGuinnes and Luke Dancer. Compares the professionalism of the SAP very unfavourably against the BSAP.
Geoff Quick

23 January 2017
Title: To the Banks of the Zambesi
Author: Bulpin, T.V.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson & Sons (Africa)(Pty)Ltd. - Johannesburg : 1965.
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A story about that part of Central Africa between the Limpopo and Zambesi Rivers, which became Rhodesia. There is mention of the BSACP and the BSA Police, but the book should not be considered as being particularly informative when researching the Regimental History.
23 January 2017
Title: The Pioneer Corps
Author: Cary, Rober
Publisher: Galaxie Press, Rhodesia, 1975
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Comprehensive book with a demographic analysis of the men of the Corps-where they came from,where they were educated,how many stayed and died in Rhodesia.A diary of the trek to Mashonaland,a nominal roll ,a schedule of the rations,pay and equipment issued.Invaluable book for research.
5329/10511 Paddy Morton
23 January 2017
Title: Men, Mines and Animals in South Africa
Author: Churchill, Randolph S.,Lord
Publisher:
- Sampson Low, Martson & Co. - London : 1893
- Republished by Books of Rhodesia - Bulawayo : 1969.

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Churchill was a shareholder in the B.S.A.Co., who visited Mashonaland in 1891, to check the veracity of reports about the purported richness of the gold strikes. There is a brief mention of the BSACP, but the book cannot be considered as a particularly useful source of information, when researching the Regimental History.
23 January 2017
Title: This is our Land
Author: Clements, Frank
Publisher: Babobab Books - Salisbury, Rhodesia : 1963
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This is a paperback collection of Rhodesiana stories, which the author had previously presented in an early morning broadcast on RBC. There is nothing specifically written about the BSAP, but throughout many of the stories about the Force and its predecessors are mentioned.
Geoff Quick
23 January 2017
Title: Sabotage and Torture
Author: Cole, Barbara
Publisher: Three Knights, Amanzimtoti : 1988
ISBN : 978 0620130261
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Written of events after 1980 but mentions members who were in BSA Police and mentions stations and CID. One of the Zim Airforce members arrested, Barry Lloyd was peviously a member of BSA Police, Philip Conjwayo was previously a member of BSA Police(CID).
23 January 2017
Title: The Great Boer War
Author: Conan-Doyle, Arthur, Sir
Publisher: London: George Bell & Sons 1900
ISBN : 978 1540465771
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A factual account of the Boer War, with maps. Chapter 24 devotes 20 pages to the Seige of Mafeking where details of the numerous actions of the beleaguered garrison is given and the hardships which were suffered. Mention is made of the composition of the beseiged garrison of irregular troops under Baden-Powell. Specific mention is made (on page 408) of an action on the 31st October when the Boers attacked a defensive outpost on Cannon Kopje to the south of the town. It was defended by Colonel Walford and 57 members of the BSA Police. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses to the Boers. Six members of the BSA Police were killed and five wounded in the engagement. Details are also given of Plumers relief column from Bechuanaland and their subsequent deployemnt in the Transvaal after the relief of Mafeking.

23 January 2017
Title: 1913 - 1988 South African Police Commemorative Album
Author: Dippenaar, Marius de Witt
Publisher: Promedia Publications (Pty)Ltd. - Silverton, South Africa : 1988
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Includes a chapter on the S.A.P. in Rhodesia and touches briefly on the BSA Police.
9 December 2016
Title: The Autobiography of Kingsley Fairbridge
Author: Fairbridge, Kingsley
Publisher:
- Oxford University Press - London : 1927
- Books of Rhodesia. Bulawayo : 1974. (Republished as Kingsley Fairbridge)

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: His Life and Verse with additional text and illustrations.. Mention of the BSA Police Camps at Sinoia and Urungwe and a Trp. Percy Erskine Driver, who had previously been a Jameson Raider.
9 December 2016
Title: Crown and Charter : The Early Years of the BSA Co.
Author: Galbraith John S
Publisher: University of California - Berkeley : 1974
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: A passing reference to the raising of the Regiment in 1889, but puts more emphasis on the early economic and political development of Rhodesia.
9 December 2016
Title: The Story of an African Crisis
Author: Garrett, Fydell Edmund
Publisher: Constable - Westminster: 1897
ISBN : 978 1402174868
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Contemporary and detailed account of the Jameson Raid written very shortly after it occurred. Gives much detail on events leading up to it and afterwards as well as details of the police raiders themselves. Provides a fine account of the battle of Doornkop and includes a map of the action - Peter Stiff, 4831
9 December 2016
Title: Send Carrington
Author: Gon, Philip
Publisher: A.D.Donker - Craighill, SA : 1984
ISBN : 978 0868520179
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Includes fairly good detail about the formation of the BBP, but makes only passing references to the BSACP.
9 December 2016
Title: Voyage to Paradise
Author: Gowen , Roger Anthony - BSA Police: 5157, served November 1953 - November 1958
Publisher: Frederick Muller Ltd. 1963.
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The book is not about the BSA Police, but four members of the BSA Police from Bulawayo, who after leaving the Force returned to Britain and bought a boat and sailed it round the world. After many adventures, their vessel was shipwrecked off the coast of New Zealand.
9 December 2016
Title: From the Cape to Cairo
Author: Grogan, Ewart Scott, DSO and Sharp, Arthur C
Publisher: T Nelson & Sons Ltd. 1900
ISBN : 978 1406849493
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The second book of a two book series chronicalling the first traverse of Africa from the South to North. This book, with a Foreword by Cecil John Rhodes, dated Bulawayo, September1900, covers the expedition from Southern Rhodesia to Cairo. The author, a lesser known English explorer, describes in detail the hunts he conducted in the various territories as he progressed northwards via PEA, British Central Africa (Nyasaland) and GEA, etc. In Blantyre, the author records (on pg 71) of being introduced to Major Harding CMG, by the Commissioner of Northern Rhodesia, Mr Codrington. Major Harding was recruiting Angonis for the BSA Police at the time. Further mention is made of Major Harding's mission on page 375. Also of interest is that the author describes (on pg 23) of attending a trial, in Salisbury, of the Mashonalnand Rebellion particpants. He records the 'absolute justice meted out' and the leniency of the Courts where doubt of guilt or a technicality of law existed. He further expresses his admiration (pgs 93-99) of the work done by the BSA or Chartered Company and its 'mere handful of policemen, with less than a hundred native police' in bring law and order to a vast, wild tract of territory 'without fuss and practically without bloodshed'. An interesting book for those keen on early African colonial history or big game hunting in Cantral Africa.
Frank Flowers (7404)
9 December 2016
Title: Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour 1966-1981
Author: Haggett, Adrian and van Tonder, Gerry
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 978 1907677793
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Using an original basic Roll of Honour drawn up some time ago by Richard Wood, Adrian and Gerry expanded the data base so as to include specific information that would personalise an entry on the roll. This included service numbers, specific unit and command, an actual reason for death and, most important of all, a footnote column reflecting circumstances and place of death, age, place of burial, attestation date, and personal information. This was (and is) an extremely daunting task as their prime objective was authenticity, drawing from all available sources, including regimental publications and websites, Death Notices, all rolls of honour in existence that they could find and, through constant appeals, first-hand accounts from brothers-in-arms, family and friends. Many duplications and inaccuracies were encountered and corrected, and a significant new number of entries made of individuals who hitherto had gone unacknowledged. The result is unquestionably the most comprehensive Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour yet produced. It is not a commercial project.
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title: Rhodesian Mosaic
Author: Hoare, Rawdon
Publisher: John Murray, 1934
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A visitor/potential settler to Rhodesia, the author writes lightly and often humorously of his experiences and travels through the country in the early 1930s. He commences with his boat trip and reason for the trip, some general history and then gets on with the description of his travels and the peaople he met. There are mentions of the BSAP and/or Police and there is a chapter on the Railway strike in which he was active and apparently made a Commander of a platoon of Special Constables, his platoon sergeant being Corporal Powis of the BSAP. He had planning discussions with Col Frank Johnson who was also a platoon leader at the time. Simply written but holds the attention.
Ted Dowling
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title: The Jameson Raid
Author: Hole, Hugh Marshall
Publisher: Phillip Allan, London: 1930
ISBN :978 1843420583
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Written from the viewpoint of a man who held a senior post in the BSA Police Co's Johannesburg office which brought him into contact with people who figured prominenly in the revolutionary project including Cecil Rhodes, Jameson (whose private secretary he was from 1991-93), Dr F Rutherford Harris, Col Frank Rhodes and others. He provides details of early preparations in Rhodesia, how the police raiders were recruited and armed, how they moved to Pitsani in Bechuanaland under Inspector Straker. How they fought and efeated three chiefs there and forced them to cede a strip of land for the proposed railway to the Chartered Company. Gives details of the raid itself, the raiders defeat at Doornkop and the aftermath
Peter Stiff, 4831
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title:Rhodesian Genesis
Author: Jones, Neville
Publisher: Rhodesia Pioneers' & Early Settlers' Association, 1952
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Describes journey of Pioneer Column and subsequent early events.Material for the book obtained from reminiscences with many early settlers including members of Pioneer Column and BSACompany Police, one being No.572 Trooper Alfred DREW. He presented his pioneer tunic and smasher hat to the BSAP and were treeasured exhibits at Morris Depot.
Fred Punter
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title: Red Buffalo
Author: Longden, H W D
Publisher: Juta, 1950
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of Will Longden, Pioneer, Friend and Emissary of Rhodes,and cousin of author, who had an adventurous life including his upbringing on the Karoo, involvement in the Basuto War 1880, life on the move in South Africa, travelling through PEA to spend several months as Rhodes' repesentative in GunGunyana's kraal, running an oxwagon convoy into Rhodesia loaded with supplies for Jameson's attack on Bulawayo, with the relief column for Forbes who was trying to catch Lobengula, the 1896 Rebellion, working as first magistrate at Melsetter and much more. Mentions the BBP and BSACP on occasions. Author wrote book in conjunction with 'Red Buffalo'. Interesting, modestly written without flourish, a good read.
Ted Dowling
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title: The Jameson Raid: The Prelude to the Boer War
Author: Longford, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicholson - London: 1960
Jonathan Ball Publishers, Johannesburg, 1982

ISBN : 978 0868500379
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Deals with the full history of the Jameson Raid both before and afterwards. Explains how the BSA Co Police assembled at Pitsani in Bechuanaland obstensibly to protect railway construction against marauding natives. Explains how the 356-strong column set off for Johannesburg and the failed attempts to halt the raiders. Tells how a 100-strong force of Bettington's Horse set out to meet them but turned back. Finally it deals with the last stand at Doornkop where the raiders were defeated.
Peter Stiff 4831
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title: Zambesi : Journey of a River
Author: Main, Michael - BSA Police: 6293 February 1961 December 1976
Publisher: Southern Book Publishers (Pty) Ltd. Johannesburg : 1990.
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Written by a former member of the BSA Police, although there is only a brief reference to the Regiment and its involvement in the occupation of Schuckmannsburg in the Caprivi Strip during the Great War.
Updated: 19 December 2016
Title: Goodbye Rhodesia
Author: Mears, Chris
Publisher: Antony Rowe Publishing Services - 2005
ISBN : 978-1905200443
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Autobiography of Lomagundi tobacco farmer's wife, 1952 - 77, who later was involved in tousism at Victoria Falls and then Fort Victoria. Her daughter joined BSA Police (WPO No.207) married a member of the Force. The author worked at Fort Victoria Police station for a while. There are several mentions of the Force. 9 December 2016
Title: The Life of the Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes (Vols 1 & 2)
Author: Michell, Sir Lewis
Publisher: Edward Arnold - London: 1910
ISBN : 978 1374570221
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Sir Lewis Michell was often referred to as Rhodes' bank. He not only established, at Rhodes' request, the first branch of the Standard Bank in Rhodesia but was associated in many other ways with the country. His intimate biograph of Rhodes gives the background to and makes mention of men like Cols Pennfather and Plumer. Writes about the occupation of Mashonaland and the BSACP's role in it as well as the little-mentioned 400 BSACP and BBP stationed at Macloutsie to guard against a Matabele invasion of Mashonaland. Catalogues the police occupation of Macequece in PEA, the Matable War, the Jameson Raid and the Matabele and Mashona Rebellions
Peter Stiff 4831
9 December 2016
Title: Rhodes
Author: Millin, Sarah Gertrude
Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London: 1936
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Another Rhodes biography, which includes brief references to the reduction of manpower in the ranks of the BSACP following the Occupation of Mashonaland in 1890.
Geoff Quick 9 December 2016
Title: The Rhodesian War - A Military History
Author: Moorcraft, Paul and McLaughlin, Peter
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publisbers, Jeppestown: 1982
ISBN : 978-1844156948
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: An overview and detailed unvarnished account of the Rhodesian Bush War and includes mention of personalities such as Peter Walls and Ken Flowers, the latter having previously served in the BSAP.
Geoff Quick 9 December 2016
Title: In Camera - Secret Justice in Rhodesia
Author: Nieswand Peter
Publisher: Weidnfeld & Nicolson, London - 1973
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The author was a newspaperman living in Rhodesia who was detained in terms of the Emergency Powers Regulations and subsequently tried under the Official Secrets Act, an offence for which he was found guilty, but was acquitted on appeal. Story does not add anything to the history of the Force, but names the three members of the BSAP who arrested him and his conversations with two of them while being taken from Salisbury to his place of detention in Gwelo Prison. A fourth member of the Force, who was present when Nieswand subsequently left the country, is also identified.
Geoff Quick
9 December 2016
Title: The Constitutional History and Law of Southern Rhodesia 1888 - 1965.
Author: Palley, Claire
Publisher: Claredon Press - Oxford : 1966.
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: There are paragraphs relating to the BSA Police and how the force stood legally.
17 December 2016
Title: Winds of Destruction
Author: Petter-Bower, Peter J H
Publisher: Crewe : Trafford Publishing (UK)Ltd, 2003
ISBN: 978-0954849030
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Autobiography of a former member of the Rhodesian Airforce with particular mention of the relationship he established with leading members of the country's other Forces, including the BSA Police, during the terrorist war. Names of a number former members of the BSA Police included, as are some former members in group photographs.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Bush Horizons
Author: Phillips, NV Sqd.Lrd.; Christie, Dick; Cooke, Peter and Sykes, Bill

Publisher: Air Force Association of Zimbabwe - Harare : 1999
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of aviation in Southern Rhodesia 1896 - 1940, which includes references to the BSA Police and in particular the Regiment's involvement in the 1935 Copper Belt Riots in Northern Rhodesia.
17 December 2016
Title: An Irregular Corps in Matabeleland
Author: Plumer, Lt.Col. Herbert
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Treach Truber, London - 1897
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Concerns the relieving forces sent up from South Africa at the time of the 1896 Rebellion. There are occasional mentions of the Matabeleland Mounted Police and their interaction with other defense forces.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Animal Dunkirk
Author: Robins, Eric and Legge, Ronald
Publisher: London : Herbert Jenkins Ltd. 1959

ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The story of Lake Kariba and “Operation Noah” in 1958 to rescue the stranded game from the flooded Zambesi Valley. Mention made of two persons who served in the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: Darwin Days
Author: Russell, Nick - BSA Police 9596; served Mar-1976 to May-1980 and Whitehead, Chris
Publisher: Rhodesians Worldwide Magazine, 2005
ISBN: : 1-59975-130-5
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: Calvin Coolidge once said, “Nothing in this world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent' There are no doubt many examples of this statement that he refers to in American history, but it is exemplified in “Darwin Days” published by Chris Whitehead and Nick Russell (ex BSA Police), both of them young men who experienced life in Mount Darwin in the 1960’s and 70’s. Mount Darwin impacted on their lives, turning them rapidly from boys to men and in their reflections today, although there are attempts to hide them, the scars show through. This book is a collection of contributions from farmers, policemen, soldiers and civil servants who spent, in some cases a lot, in others only a little time in Mount Darwin. Some of the contributors were children who are today grown men and women. And it is these former children who have made some of the most graphic but modest and selfless contributions. This is a history book. There are stories of great courage, selfless bravery, sheer stupidity and much fun in unusual circumstances. But most of all, the collections illustrate the character of the Rhodesian farmer during the period between 1950 and 1980. The so-called ‘white colonial oppressors’ who not only built their farms from nothing, but assimilated the African people into their lives, albeit at arms length, with empathy and goodwill. Today their attitude to the African people is described by those who think they know best as ‘patronising’ and ‘superior’. Read these collections and judge for yourself. They tell us in simple modest language why Rhodesia was once the ‘breadbasket of Africa’, and perhaps in a way, why it is no longer. This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone who lived in the Rhodesia of old, for it not only tells about the character of the people of Mount Darwin, but about all Rhodesians. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to better understand Africa.
Kyran Robinson, Harare, June 2006
19 September 2009
Title: The Rhodesia Medal Roll: Honours: Decorations of the Rhodesian Conflict, 1970-1981
Author: Saffery, David
Publisher: Jeppestown Press, London 2006
ISBN: : 0-9553936-0-4
Availabilty: Collectors
Review: The 'Rhodesia Medal Roll' is a complete nominal roll of over 12,000+ gazetted awards of Rhodesian honours and decorations between 1970 and October 1981; around 6,000 of which are named to BSA Police or Police Reserve members. It includes the names of over 1,700 previously unpublished recipients, but excludes General Service Medals. The book also features a surname index to make cross-checking awards more convenient. The book is the result of 2 years' research in the UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Perfect for medal collectors and dealers, historians and genealogists - and a brilliant heirloom souvenir for recipients, their families and descendants.
David Saffery
19 September 2009
Title: The Eccentric Mr Wienholt
Author: Siemon, Rosamund
Publisher: UQP, 2005
ISBN: 0702234982
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This book is a full biography of Wienholt including his upbringing, farming and political career as well as his adventures in Africa (which encompasses his time as a BSAP special service trooper) which led to his death. A good range of illustrations, all presented in a very readable way. (See also the book entry under WIENHOLT)
Ted Dowling
Updated: 31 March 2013
Title: The Great Betrayal
Author: Smith, Ian
Publisher: Blake Publishing Ltd - London, 1997.

ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Memoirs of the last Rhodesian Prime Minister, with only a passing reference to the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: Bygone Days
Author: Somerset-Bell, W H
Publisher: H.F.& G.Witherby, London and republished by Books of Rhodesia, Bulawayo - 1933 and 1976
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: An account of the Jameson Raid. Relates how Jameson's force of Mashonaland Mounted Police assembled at Pitsani in Bechuanaland and extensive training was embarked on. This unit commanded by Lt Col H F White comprised 372 officers and men with 480 horses, 128 mules and 65 'Cape boys'. They had one 12.5 pounder gun and six Maxims. After embarking on the raid they were supposed to be joined en route by the BBP under Col Raleigh Grey. They were but many refused to go and they were only 122 strong with drivers and other attendants with two seven pounders and two Maxims. Sir Hercules Robinson, the Governor of the Cape ordered the column to turn around but Jameson ignored the order. They were defeated by the Boers at the Battle of Doornkop. Includes details of the aftermath
Peter Stiff, 4831
19 September 2009
Title: The Autobiography of a Border Policeman
Author: Stevens, H Lynn, Lt. Col.
Publisher: H.F. & G.Witherby - London,1927
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Stevens was a member of the Bechuanaland Border Police for several years,including the time of the 1893 Matabele War. He took part in the advance of the Southern Column from Bechuanaland into Matabeleland and also the pursuit of Lobengula in conjunction with members of the BSA Co., which included elements of the BSACP.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Cry Zimbabwe - Independence Twenty Years On
Author: Stiff, Peter - BSA Police 4831; served Dec-1951 to Jan-1972
Publisher: Alberton, SA: Galago Publishing, 2000.

ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Covers the Zimbabwe post independence period. Although there is mention of the BSA Police and individuals in the Force all comment is related to the period subsequent to 1980 and is therefore not relevant to the history of the BSA Police.
19 September 2009
Title: The Story of Rhodesian Sport: Volume One: 1889 - 1935 Reproduction of the 1935 edition
Author: Thompson, Colonel John De Lisle (Jock)
Publisher: Books of Rhodesia, Bulawayo. 1976
ISBN: : 0 86920 150 6
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: This book chronicles the development of sport in Rhodesia. From our perspective, it is interesting to see that the roots of most sport in Rhodesia can be traced back to our Force. Indeed, the book documents the dominance of Police Teams and individual Policemen in early Rhodesian sport and how they went onto represent their country at a National level or became prominent sports administrators. Even if you are not into sport, this book is a recommended read for anyone interested in the history of the Force as it gives a fascinating insight into our former members. It contains numerous photographs of our early Police teams and individuals as well as anecdotes about them, both on and off the sports fields. Frank Flowers (7404)
19 September 2009
Title: Rhodes: The Race for Africa
Author: Thomas, Antony
Publisher: BBC Books - London, 1996.
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Biography of Cecil Rhodes in which the BSACP is mentioned twice in passing. 19 September 2009
Title: The Fighting Police of South Africa
Author: Thursby-Atwell, JEM
Publisher: NP: The Natal Witness. 1925
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A tribute to all police forces in Southern Africa, with no particular unit names, although there is a chapter about the 1893 Shangani Patrol, which included members of the BSAP in its ranks.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: Sailor Soldier
Author: Tyndale-Briscoe, David
Publisher: Privately South Africa, 2005
ISBN: : 0-620-32752-9
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A privately published biography limited to 250 copies. The story of Comd. E. C. Tyndale-Briscoe, who served as a member of the Pioneer Column sent to Mashonaland in 1896 and based on his journals and diaries. Several references to the BSA Police in those early days.
Geoff Quick

The name Tyndale-Biscoe is well-known to all students of the Pioneer Column. This book is a biography of Cdr E C T-B (by his grand-nephew) which is substantially focused on his adventures in southern Africa. Although stated to be drawn from his diaries and letters when besieged at Ladysmith there is nothing to indicate the extent of any editing. The reader must overlook considerable numbers of mistakes in spelling but if they were taken directly from the diaries then this can be forgiven.
The book has much of interest and adds to our knowledge and understanding of the activities of the Pioneer Column. There is much mentioned of the Mashonaland and Matabeleland Mounted Police units also.
The book had a limited run of 250 numbered copies and I understand a second edition (revised?) was issued in 2006
Ted Dowling
19 September 2009
Title: The Matabele Rebellion 1896 with the Belingwe Field Force
Author: Tyrie-Laing, D - Major
Publisher: Dean & Sons. London : 1897.

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Not directly about the BSA Police, but includes the names of many former members of the Regiment, including at least one Jameson Raider. 19 September 2009
Title: Welensky's 4000 Days
Author: Welensky, Sir Roy
Publisher: London : Collins, 1964
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The life and death of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Only mention of the BSA Police is the Force's involvement in the 1959 Nyasaland Emergency, when members were sent to that country to assist in the restoration of law and order.
Geoff Quick
19 September 2009
Title: The Welensky Papers: A History of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Author: Wood, JRT
Publisher: Graham Publishing - Durban, 1983
ISBN: 0-620-06410-2
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A very comprehensive history of the Federation (1330 pages) much of which is Rhodesian history in those years. Numerous mentions of the BSA Police including the initial negotiations whether it should become a Federal force, Garfield Todd's insistence on using the army instead of the BSA Police to break the Wankie strike, how Labour's Barbara Castle insisted the BSA Police and SAP were one and the same, how the BSA Police was deployed to Nyasaland in 1959, the July riots in Rhodesia in 1961 and the role of the BSA Police, various mentions of Commissioner Basil Spurling and so on - Peter Stiff, 4831
19 September 2009
Title: So Far and No Further! Rhodesia's bid for Independence during the retreat from Empire - 1959-1965
Author: Wood, JRT
Publisher: 30Deg South Publishing (Pty) Ltd, 2005
ISBN : 9584890-2-5
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: A further well written and comprehensive and in-depth study of Rhodesia history in the lead up to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence with frequent references to the British South Africa Police and drawing from the private papers of Ian Smith made exclusively available to author Richard Wood. An excellent work which any researcher into Rhodesian history should have on his book self.
Andrew Field
19 September 2009
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Non-Fiction - Authored by Former BSA Police Members
Title: The Hunting Wasp
Author: Crompton, John - BSA Police 1757; Served 1913 to 1919
Publisher: Collins - 1948
ISBN:
Availabilty: Amazon


Review: John was the pen name under which Tpr 1757 John Battersby Crompton Lamburn, author of "Trooper Fault" wrote a number of popular books on natural history. Other titles include "The Hive", "The Spider", and "Ways of the Ant". All of them occasionally reflect or directly draw on his experiences in the BSAP. As a biologist (South African, but with no other connection to the BSAP) I read several of the books in my youth, and profited. They are informal, personal, entertaining and instructive, in spite of some faux pas in technical matters, some of which could be editing errors (eg "coastal" for "costal"). They do however reflect considerable background study and serious thought, and deserve respect accordingly.' John Richfield
Title: The Traditional African Art of Zimbabwe
Author: Ellert, Henrick - Police 7052; Served 1964 to 1980
Publisher: CBC Publishing 2002
ISBN: 0-9515209-5-4
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The book describes and discusses a wide range of traditional African art in Zimbabwe. It includes over 97 colour photographs of mainly Shona artefacts in traditional daily use.
Title: Dear Chips
Author: Blake, Fraser - BSAP Police 6961; Served 1963 to 1966
Publisher: Fraser Blake, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9576748-1-3
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Dear Chips' is a remarkable collection of over 60 fascinating and well-written letters between Norman Blake and his son, Fraser. 'The Old Boy', working in Eritrea for the Ethiopian Government prepares 'Chips' for life in the British South Africa Police in Southern Rhodesia. Fraser, in his early 20s, is also advised on issues as diverse as money and women, alcohol and God, courtesy and honesty, not forgetting the importance of well made shoes and suits. Relish the nostalgia as Chips, half a century on, evaluates the Old Boy's loving guidance.
Updated: 28 November 2013
Title: Mad Dog Killers: The Story of a Congo Mercenary

Author: Smith, Ivan - BSA Police 7357; Served 1965 to 1977
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-920143-51-0
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: During that long, hot summer of 1964, Ivan Smith, a mercenary volunteer in the Armée Nationale Congolais, came to witness and understand fear, the law of the jungle and the lust for killing that permeates Africa. A member of ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare’s 5 Commando Group, he and his companions were nominally soldiers but there was little in the way of campaigns, tactics and discipline. Of conventional warfare there was none. Loyalty to country or unit did not exist and the fear of death was the only commander. Many more mercenaries died from an accidental discharge, in a drunken shoot-out or from a bullet in the back than were ever killed in action by Simba rebels. Nearly half a century later, Ivan Smith re-lives the nightmare that was the Congo.
Updated: 18 February 2012
Title: Flight of the Falcons from Greek shores to African skies

Author: Stevens, Andrew - BSAPolice: 6226; Served: 1960 to 1964
Publisher: Candia Books 2011
ISBN: 978 0958 495172
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: First published 2008. To make the book, described as “a good read” even more readable, maps have been included in the revised edition. So even the reader who is unfamiliar with the geography and history of Greece can follow the tale of Edward’s dramatic escape from Greece and its modern history with ease. Greece with its classical sites, marvelous beaches, cuisine and weather attracts more than 20 million visitors each year. It is also blessed with the most hospitable people in the world or as General Sir Charles Napier, one time Administrator of part of modern Greece, once said: “The merry Greeks are worth all other nations put together.” Edward is forced to flee Greece in 1941 in a small boat.
Updated: 3 December 2011
Title: The Silent War; South African Recce Operations 1969-1994
Author: Stiff, Peter - BSA Police: 4831; Served: 1951 to 1972
Publisher: Galago, Alberton, RSA, 1999
ISBN: 1-919-854-045
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The complete story of the Recce Regiments (South African specials forces)in their operations in Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique and Botswana. They supplied the complete manpower for D Squadron Rhodesian SAS which was deployed on Mozambique, Zambian and Botswana operations operations. Those killed in action are commemorated on the 22-SAS' memorial at Hereford UK. Reveals how towards the end of the war arrangements were made for the SAS and Selous Scouts to be transferred in total to the SADF to become 6-Recce and 3-Recce respectively. This recruitment campaign also included members of BSA Police Special Branch who were recruited for the Special Forces' top secret Project Barnacle unit.
Title: Zambesi Camp Fires
Author: Sutherland, Robert S; BSA Police: 1393; served Feb-1911 to Dec-1919
Publisher: NP Witherby, 1935
ISBN :
Availabilty: Amazon
Review: Tales by a former member of the BSA Police of hunting in Northern Rhodesia and the Zambesi Valley.
19 September 2009