|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
the ways in which this history is being either rewritten, or simply
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).