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The Rhodesian Troopers' Legacy

by John Edmond

THE RHODESIAN TROOPERS' LEGACY is a collection of songs covering the evolution of the legendary RHODESIAN armed forces from their beginnings as a mounted infantry regiment raised in 1889 to escort the first British Pioneer Column to Rhodesia
Genre: Folk: Free-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Both Soldiers and Police
4:49 $0.99
2. The Rhodesian Lion Emblem
3:55 $0.99
3. Askari
3:11 $0.99
4. Blue Birds
3:27 $0.99
5. Dog Squad
4:27 $0.99
6. An Outfit They Called Praw
3:42 $0.99
7. The Cowboy and the Trooper
2:59 $0.99
8. Bailey's Bloody Bush Babes
4:12 $0.99
9. The Horse Went Back to War
3:22 $0.99
10. Outpost in the Sky
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Rhodesian Troopers' Legacy is another masterpiece from the pen of the legendary JOHN EDMOND in his inimitable style. Who can share or tell a tale better than John Edmond that was part of the Bush war, he was there, lived it and experienced it.
It's a collection of powerful ballads and light- hearted foot tapping ditties. The songs honor every race, gender, creed and animal that contributed to the wonder that was "Rhodesia" and her valiant people. If you have been part of a war, or are currently in a war, you will surely be able to identify with many of these songs.

Both Soldiers and Police documents the raising of the first Rhodesian fighting force in 1889, their role, struggles with rebellions, involvement in the Boer War, World wars, keeping peace, their own bush war and their demise in 1980. Regimental associations still endure 130 years on at the time of writing and will continue in the form of history.

The Rhodesian Lion Emblem describes the origins of how the lion emblem, although synonymous with Africa and used on most medals awarded in African battles, was chosen as the symbol for the Rhodesian military; Lion and Tusk and Wounded Lion. Why the early medals were awarded depicting the Wounded Lion for service, where the early rebellions were struck, is still unclear.

"Askari"- an Arabic word for soldier, salutes African soldiers that fought and gave their lives for peace in all wars throughout the world. Askari's were used by the British, Germans and most Colonial powers throughout Africa and also participated in world conflicts from Europe and the Middle East to Asia.

"Blue Birds" respects the role played by women in all arms of Rhodesia’s security forces; police, prison service, air force(parachute packing),army, social services, air wing, women’s auxiliary, medical and in their private capacity.

"The Cowboy and the Trooper" explains the probability of how Kum a Kye became the regimental march of the BSAP Regiment. Compatriots of the likes of Frederick Russell Burnham, one of the trackers of the Apache Wars, used as scouts by early Rhodesian Forces more than likely sang the song “The old Chisolm Trail” to the first troopers and was so adopted.

"Dog Squad" is in honor of all animals that were casualties in all conflicts. Dogs and their handlers are high on the honor role of the Rhodesian Forces. Their contribution and sacrifice will always be remembered.

"An Outfit they call PRAW" is in admiration of all airmen and airwomen. From Air Force to Police Reserve Air Wing. Their skills, sacrifice and contribution was priceless .The producers Teresa and John Edmond served in the Commando Air Wing as spotter and pilot for 6 years.

"Bailey’s Bloody Bush Babes" pays homage to one of the divisions of the British South Africa Police; Police Anti- Terrorist Unit (PATU). Not forgetting their Support Unit, Traffic Department, Underwater units, Swat teams, Criminal Investigation, Special Branch, Reserves, Mounted Unit et al. PATU as they were officially called was the brainchild of WW2 former member of the famed Long Range Desert Group, Alex E. F. ”Bill” Bailey.

"The Horse went back to War" reveres the part horses have played in the lives of mankind be it recreation, work, pageantry or war. In spite of technology and mechanization, the horse was called upon to assist in a most difficult area of combat in the Rhodesian Bush War.

"Outpost in the Sky" commemorates the life and times of all Rhodesian service men and women of and a country called Rhodesia they served, the memory of which will hopefully not slip away and be lost in the annals of history.

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