Rhodesia's biggest ever parade took place in Salisbury on Wednesday ( 11 November ) to mark the fifth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which brought to an end british colonial rule in Rhodesia.
GV President Dupont & escort arrive
CU statue of Cecil Rhodes
SV President and wife out of car, cutaway flag ( 2 shots )
SV Mr. Smith looking on
Ground to Air Canberra bombers fly over
Ground to Air Hunter jets fly over
LV Dupont on saluting base
TV military band
TV & CU infantry march past
CU infantry passing
TV PAN field guns past
TV troops past in Land
CU motor cyclist
TV PAN armoured cars
CU Dupont and spectators (2 shots )
TV troop carrier past
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Background: Rhodesia's biggest ever parade took place in Salisbury on Wednesday ( 11 November ) to mark the fifth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which brought to an end british colonial rule in Rhodesia. President Clifford Dupont and Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith took the salute from the military parade.
Three thousand police and troops, some mounted on horses, paraded past Mr. Dupont and Mr. Smith, government leaders and service chiefs. Squadrons of Canberra bombers and Hunter Jets, in their new Rhodesian Republic colours roared overhead for seven fly pasts.
All Rhodesia took a holiday for Wednesday's big show to mark the independence anniversary and salute the eight-month old Republic.
As the green and white flag of Republican rhodesia fluttered over rooftops in every town in the land, tentative moves continued in Salisbury and London in the renewed quest for a solution to the long-deadlocked independence dispute.
During the celebrations in Rhodesia, Britain was using her veto in the Security Council of the United Nations to block an Afro-Asian resolution which would have barred Britain from recognising Rhodesia's independence without the pre-condition of Africa majority rule.