In Salisbury, the capital of white minority ruled Rhodesia, it is hard to find outward signs that the country is fighting for its survival.
GV Sign on hillside 'Welcome to Umtali'
CU Cacti PAN TO GV truck along road (2 shots)
GV Army trucks along road
MV Farm workers on tractor being overtaken by armoured cars
LV PULL BACK TO GV City of Umtali
GV Main street of Umtali
MV Army landrover down road
CU PAN Black workers digging up road (2 shots)
MVs Black and white shoppers (3 shots)
MV Girls on bike PAN TO sign showing "World Record Swim for Terrorists' Victims' Relief Fund"
CU Soldier PAN TO girl in swimming pool
CU Girls watching (3 shots)
CU Girl undresses
CU Girl swimming PAN TO girl diving into pool
MV Girl gets out of pool
MV Girl swimming PULL BACK TO GV
MV Soldiers walking down main street
MV PAN Troops guarding crossing (2 shots)
MV Black soldiers down street and into building
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Background: In Salisbury, the capital of white minority ruled Rhodesia, it is hard to find outward signs that the country is fighting for its survival. But Umtali, the country's third city, which is much nearer Mozambique, came under rocket and mortar attack from over the border recently and there is a general feeling in the town that the fight has already begun.
SYNOPSIS: The welcome sign doesn't apply to Frelimo guerrillas from neighbouring Mozambique -- and to make the point clear most of the traffic along the roads to the traffic along the roads to the border is Rhodesian army vehicles looking for intruders. The troops know that they will not see much. Most of the men filtering through from Mozambique keep away from the roads except to lay mines, but Umtali's horizons are bounded in every direction by mountains and without these patrols the roads could quite easily be cut.
Guerrillas ambushed an armed convoy and launched further rocket and mortar attacks on Rhodesian tea estates from Mozambique, a Rhodesian government communique said on Wednesday (18 August). The attacks like that on Umtali earlier in the week, are probably in revenge for the Rhodesian raid on a Nationalist guerrilla camp in Mozamibique last Sunday (15 August). The Rhodesians reported more than 340 people killed in the operation.