Author Archive | Peter Baxter


Biafra: The Nigerian Civil War 1967 to 1970

The name Biafra remains inextricably associated with starving children, their bellies distended and their hair discolored by kwashiorkor, lending the first indications to an incredulous world of what post-independence Africa might look like. Biafra, however, was the name of a separatist entity that briefly existed between 1967 and 1970 as a breakaway partner in the […]

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Rhodesian Bush War

Rhodesia Bush War 1966 to 1980

Having published quite a number of books pertaining to both African Warfare and Rhodesian History, this offering serves as an entry level overview of the Rhodesian War as one of the last great military episodes in the African liberation period. The Rhodesian Bush War, or the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle as it was also known, was […]

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Fire Eater

MS Expedition West Africa Cruise 2014

(All in-line images are original, but the featured images at the end of this post belong to Gary Arnt of Everything-Everywhere and are licensed to the author but otherwise copyrighted) A few days before embarkation I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Dave Van Niekerk of High Constantia. Dave, who those of […]

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Al Shabaab

Kenya and the Case for Tanzania

The recent Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya (September 2013) has tended to highlight insecurity in that country. The current situation owes its roots to the ongoing insecurity in Somalia, a situation that has its origins in the 1991 coup against General Mohammed Siad Barre, which set in motion and interlocking phase of warfare, warlordism […]

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Kilimanjaro 2013 Over Fifties Summit Report

Please check for current information… Kilimanjaro occupies a mythic status among the world’s great mountains. It towers nearly 20,000ft about the surrounding Maasai Steppe, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and an iconic backdrop to some of the most beautiful and ecologically important wilderness and wildlife areas in the world. It is an International […]

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An Innocent Abroad: Of Submarines and Spies

Excerpt from Bruce Daymond’s diary For images and explanatory text AN INNOCENT ABROAD: OF SUBMARINES AND SPIES Diary Of Bruce Daymond DSO DFC, an Australian Catalina Pilot with the RAF 1941 to 1945 Covering his service with 209 Squadron Coastal Command Published privately by Bruce Cunynghame Daymond Copyright Bruce Cunynghame Daymond 2005 Except where the […]

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Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route is the longest of the Kili outfield routes, and it is sometimes regarded as the second timers Kilimanjaro route, although it is also for anyone with an appetite for a quieter trail and a more remote atmosphere. Some would say that the beauty of the trail is a little less accessible than some […]

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The Turning Point Strategy

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele1976 also witnessed important political developments that once again put a stranglehold on the various advocates of a total solution in order that a negotiation process neither invited nor wanted by any of the warring factions. This again was a peace process […]

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