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Title:Anti-ambush weapons, 1975-1980
Author:Locke, P.G.
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:political systems
defence industry
Military Science, Military Affairs
Ambushes and surprises
Abstract:In the face of an international arms embargo, coupled with many other constraints, a wide range of 'home-grown' weapons for anti-ambush purposes was devised and manufactured in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the period 1975 to 1980. Factors common to all these anti-ambush weapons were simplicity, effectiveness, cheapness and, as far as possible, safety. The government attempted to curb the spread of unsafe devices by resuscitating an informal group, the Lethal Devices Advisory Committee, to monitor the situation. Intended essentially for deterrent and defensive purposes, the anti-ambush weapons were an important part of the security forces' weaponry, as well as being used extensively by civilians for both vehicular and building protection until the end of the war. The present review attempts to collate all known records of anti-ambush weapons. It describes the police grenade launcher, the land rover AK 'gunship', various anti-ambush shotguns (the KQ or Kill Quick, the Persuader, the Spider), the Kattleway-Henson remote control firing system, the ADF (African Development Fund) Mk I and Mk II anti-ambush cannons, the Holland-Hail organ, breech-loading anti-ambush cannons (Wattle Co. type), fixed horizontal anti-ambush shotguns, grenade and mine systems, and 12-bore booby-trap devices. Ref.