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White morale was obviously declining rapidly. During December white emigration recorded a nett loss of 2 771 emigrants, while the total loss for 1978 stood at 13 709. On 11 December ZANLA insurgents attacked the central oil storage depot in the heart of Harare's industrial site. The resulting fire lasted six days and destroyed tens of million litres of precious fuel. Harare was aghast. Guarantees as to white pensions, property, jobs and the like that Prime Minister Smith had extracted from his three black co-leaders and detailed within the proposed constitution for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia seemed of little consequence to a white population having to fight an increasingly desperate war.
The call-up eventually encompassed all able-bodied white men between 18 and 60 years of age. All white youths between 18 and 25 were liable for conscription which increased from 12 to 18 months. Eventually the eight battalions of the Rhodesia Regiment with a strength on paper of 15 000 provided the backbone of the Territorial Army. Its counterpart in the British South Africa Police, the Police Reserve, became a repository for less able and older men. In April 1977 conscription was extended to the 38 to 50 age group and exemptions were severely reduced.
Sithole, Zimbabwe: Struggles within the Struggle Rujeko, Harare, 1979). 3. D. Martin and P. Johnson, The Struggle for Zimbabwe (Faber and Faber, London, 1981), p. 10. 4. Sithole, Struggles within the Struggle, pp. 34-35. 5. W. Nyangoni, 'Revolutionary Strategies for National Liberation in Zimbabwe', (paper presented 57 History of War History of to the African Studies Association Conference, Chicago, 31 Oct. - 3 Nov. 1974), p. 10. 6. Ibid, p. 1 1 . 7. Ibid. 8. As quoted by J. Fredrikse, None but Ourselves: Masses vs the Media in the Making of Zimbabwe, (Ravan Press, Johannesburg, 1982), p.
Counter-Insurgency in Rhodesia by J. K. Cilliers