NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 10, 1976
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(Studio) Report from CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) correspondent on Rhodesia white government fighting in bush to hold on.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Rhodesia/Mozambique Border) Much of area along Rhodesia/Mozambique border is bush, perfect for guerrilla fighting. Mozambique black ntlists. say their major attacks will begin when rains come later this yr. and that by 1978 Rhodesia will be liberated. Black ntlists. claim 12,000 rebels in People's army; Rhodesians say less; estimate 700 in cntry., 5000 outside. Rhodesia government troops step up search and destroy operations, but difficulty is finding guerrilla High ratio of deaths claimed by Rhodesia. [Rhodesian OFFICER - says if ntlists. had same determination and motivation as his men, it would be real fight, but they don't. Says they prefer the ntlists. in numbers because it's hard to look for small groups. i Rhodesian troops appear to be tough and well-trained; have confide in containing guerrilla threat. [SOLDIER - describes fighting tactics.] Soldiers aware of ntlists. troops at all times. White Rhodesians say they're not fighting race war and -point out numbers of blacks in Rhodesian army. Blacks play same role here as in white homes. Rhodesia security forces feel they can win if Cuba or USSR doesn't interfere, but forces stretched thin along Mozambique border and if lines opened Zambian border general mobilization may be required.
REPORTER: David Holton