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As a result the Police attempted to match the rank of the senior Army officer present to avoid Army domination. Thus district policemen came to represent Police at these Joint Operation Centres. It was soon found, however, that this 'over and above' task was too time consuming. British South Africa Police officers, whose sole task was Joint Operation Centre liaison, were then provided. The Police eventually fielded assistant commissioners equavalent to the Army rank of 63 Command and Control colonel, but did not succeed in obtaining general Joint Operation Centre control before 1977 when Army chairmanship was formalised.
Bates. 16. Africa Research Bulletin (1-30 Apr. 1974), p. 3212. 17. Fredrikse, None but Ourselves, p. 85. 18. , p. 88. 19. Africa Research Bulletin, (1-28 Feb. 1974), p. 3144. 20. Sithole, Struggles within the Struggle, pp. 75-76. 21. Stiff and Reid Daly, Selous Scouts, p. 84. 22. M. Meredith, The Past is Another Country, revised and extended edition (Pan Books, London, 1980) , p. 171. 23. Wilkinson in Raeburn, Black Fire, p. 41. 24. According to classified Army documentation total Rhodesian mobilisation figures at this stage were Army Regulars 3 650 National Servicemen 2 000 Active Territorial Army 4 100 Territorial Army Reserve 7 000 Colours and Asians 1 500 Total 18 250 Air Force * 1 200 58 BSAP Regulars Reservists Total 8 000 35 000 43 000 25.
It soon became apparent that conclusive proof would first have to be given that the agreement was to achieve international recognition and the lifting of sanctions. Any such offer of leniency had of necessity to be made from a position of strength and at a time that insurgent defeat seemed only a matter of time. This was hardly the case within Rhodesia at the time. During February, when the eight point plan agreement was announced, insurgent strengths were as follows: Operation Operation Operation Operation Operation Salops Total Hurricane Thrasher Repulse Tangent Grapple ZANLA 710 1 920 1 610 240 140 25 ZPRA 110 10 570 238 25 TOTAL 820 1 920 1 620 810 378 50 4 645 953 5 598 45 History of War History of War By March, the total stood at 6 456.