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Pamwe Chete: Legend of the Selous Scouts (Covis Day South Africa 1999) - click titles for Amazon link

For more on Reid-Daly, go here. Reid-Daly's updating of the earlier Selous Scouts Top Secret War (Amazon link) has an (inadvertently) appropriate sub-title - legends are, after all, the stuff of myth and fairytale. 

Reid-Daly and Flower, who headed Rhodesian Intelligence did not get on - Flower looking towards a political solution for the struggle, whilst Reid-Daly seemed to believe simply that through increasingly esoteric actions, the war could be won - seeing the struggle as essentially military, rather than political. The standard apologia on the Scouts would note that a far higher proportion of Africans served in the force than any other Rhodesian unit, and that many were "turned terrs". The actual number of African troops serving in the Scouts is still debated.

Two examples are worth focusing on in some detail demonstrate the ways in which this history is being either rewritten, or simply ignored. Both are related to the "sanitisation" of the Scouts, and the Rhodesian struggle more generally. Reid-Daly completely ignores the increasingly well-documented role played by the Scouts in perpetrating Rhodesia's chemical and biological war. The book Plague Wars goes some way towards demonstrating the role performed by the Scouts as being among the first Rhodesian troops to use biological weapons during the war.

Otherwise, Piringondo (mentioned on the main Scouts page). A Scout from the earliest days, in 1973, he was eventually nominated for Rhodesia’s highest gallantry award , the Grand Cross of Valour; only two other soldiers were to receive this award. They were Acting Captain C . F. Schulenberg (Selous Scouts) and Major Grahame Wilson, second-in-command of the SAS (sometimes rather esoterically known as "The Phantom Major"). Piringondo died "on operations", and is listed on the Rhodesian roll of honour as "KOAS Detonation of Explosives" (he was apparently blown up while trying to plant a bomb at a church, part of the Rhodesians’ increasingly unsubtle propaganda campaign against ‘Marxist’ ZANU before the 1980 elections).

For a more sympathetic review, go to almost any of the vast number of sites which contain "information" on the Scouts.
 

Trace