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Shopping Bag, Jute, with BSA Police Crest
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Compiled and Edited by John Berry and Alan Stock
The British South Africa Police of Southern Rhodesia has been fortunate in having had many members who wrote interesting accounts of their experiences in the Force, especially of the early days.
One of the greatest of these, if not the greatest, was Eben Mocke. Writing under various noms-de-plume 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 whose editor, Alan Stock, met Eben. Alan escorted him to Bulawayo to meet the bushman, Cwai, whom Mocke had not seen for fifty years since they had encountered each other during the course of an epic patrol, masterfully described by Mocke in his Kalahari Patrol.
Eben’s stories spanned the years from the Boer and First World Wars on into the ‘Seventies. 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.
Product Code: BSALJ9HL6
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