Rhodesian troops were reported by Reuters to have killed several hundred African Nationalist guerrillas during raids on at least seven camps inside Mozambique, on Tuesday (2 November).
GV: of Rhodesian border into Mozambique.
SEMI VIEW: flag Mozambique.
GV: tree blown over and crushing border post.
SEMI VIEW: workers busy on unfinished building
SEMI VIEW: Mozambique building as from Umtali side.
SEMI VIEW: Rhodesian soldiers watching Mozambique side. (4 shots)
CU: Brigadier Macintyre being interviewed. (2 shots)
MACINTYRE: "There are a lot more Frelimo currently at Forbes border post. That may mean something - on the other hand it may be just plain sabre rattling. Er, (pause) Forbes border post scene isn't necessarily connected with, um, the other things that have gone on in our op. area. We usually find however that if you have a sabrerattling sort of exercise duffing up (indistinct) on the border it is connected with a tourist incursion somewhere else. It's a good old Mao Tse-Tung trick you know - strike in the east and infiltrate in the west. They don't come across the border in great big military columns. The first time they try that trick they'll get hammered good and proper."
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Background: Rhodesian troops were reported by Reuters to have killed several hundred African Nationalist guerrillas during raids on at least seven camps inside Mozambique, on Tuesday (2 November). The raids, described by Rhodesian authorities as hot pursuit operations, are a deadly example of how the war of nerves on the Rhodesia/Mozambique border can explode into action in spite of the current delicate negotiations in Geneva. A key pressure point on the 600 mile border is the Forbes Post, near Umtali, Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesian commanders there have been closely watching what they regard as a significant build up by Frelimo forces on the other side of the border post. Up to a hundred and fifty well armed Mozambique troops were rumoured to have assembled there following the hot pursuit operation by the Rhodesian security forces.
The attacks are reported to have taken place in seven areas, all within 50 miles (80 kms) of the border. Brigadier Derry Macintyre, of the Rhodesian forces, told newsmen about the flashpoint zone.