Rhodesian Bush War
Date 4 July 1964 – 12 December 1979

(15 years, 5 months, 1 week and 1 day)

Location Rhodesia, Zambia, Mozambique
Result ZANU victory:
  • Rhodesian gains independence as Zimbabwe
  • Robert Mugabe rises to power
Flag of Rhodesia Rhodesia
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994) South Africa
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Flag of the Movement for Democratic Change Movement for Democratic Change (1965-1970)
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Rhodesia Ian Smith
Flag of Rhodesia P. K. van der Byl
Flag of Rhodesia Peter Walls
Flag of ZANU-PF Herbert Chitepo
Flag of ZANU-PF Josiah Tongogara
Flag of ZANU-PF Robert Mugabe
10,800 regulars
15,000 reservists
8,000 police
19,000 police reservists
45,500 guerrillas
Casualties and losses
1,361 Rhodesian security forces members killed 10,000+ guerrillas killed

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