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BSA Police Book Series - No.10: Stand to Your Horses


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By Stanley Edwards. Jointly edited by John Berry and Alan Stock

Stanley Edwards joined the British South Africa Police as a Trooper in 1938 and rose through the ranks reitiring in 1966 as a Senior Assistant Commissioner having commanded Salisbury Province and be appointed Chief Staff Officer to the Commissioner.

Stanley Edwards experienced many changes during his service in the force; the period before World War II, when long horse patrols were the norm and outstation conditions were primitive; during the War when police were stretched due to shortage of manpower; the creation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and the great changes which occurred in the Force as it moved to a more civilian role; through the rising tide of African nationalism, Ian Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence and the first stirrings of what was to become the Rhodesian Bush War. This book, however, is not just about police matters. Stanley Edwards was a keen observer of people and personalities and of African customs and the veld. He comments on characters in the bush and on farms and on district stations on which he served; on domestic arrangements at stations; on witchcraft, ritual sacrifice, African courts and justice and African languages (he had language and law qualifications, which relatively few members had); on the important factors in the Rhodesian economy (gold, coal and tobacco); on botany and the various trees of the veld and their uses; on wild animals, with many tales of big-game hunting in which he was involved; of the building of Kariba Dam and the ensuing problems with tribespeople and animal rescue.. To quote Chief Justice Macdonald in his foreword, ‘This book, I feel sure, will become a valuable addition to existing Rhodesiana’. The book has 383 pages and is profusely illustrated, both with drawings and photographs. Some of the drawings are the work of his wife, Patricia whom he met at Banket and who supported him throughout his long life. We are grateful to Stanley's family for allowing the BSAP Association to publish and sell the book for the Association's benefit.

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