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Author Topic: Machetes are the weapon of choice in Africa  (Read 3276 times)


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Machetes are the weapon of choice in Africa
« on: January 02, 2011, 05:37:27 AM »

From the Massacre at Lari ( part of The Mau Mau Upraising 1952-1960 ) to white farmers being killed in Zimbabwe and Christians killing Muslims in Nigeria ( Dec 2010 ). The Machete as a weapon has surfaced as a cheap and available weapon of choice in Africa. The Simbas used them in the rebellion in The Belgian Congo in 64. In the cross border raids into Rhodesia, in the township wars of the 80's and 90's in South Africa. In Sierra Leone's civil war ( 1991-2002 ) villagers where asked if they wanted long sleeves or short sleeves before there arms where hacked off. In Rwanda 581,000 machetes where imported after the 93 peace agreement and handed out to the Hutu for killing Tutsi's. They killed 800,000 + in 100 day's of blood letting. Such common use of this weapon must point to a need for counter-training. The poor man's sword is here to stay. 


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Re: Machetes are the weapon of choice in Africa
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011, 06:36:45 PM »

I would say that a opponent armed with a machete is one hell of a problem to contend with-WW


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Re: Machetes are the weapon of choice in Africa
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 04:59:03 AM »

Countering the threat in Kenya the British troops would have fixed bayonets at all times while on jungle patrol. They kept well back and sent the native ' Home Guards ' into the the village hut's. While crossing open areas they would spread out in a line and sweep with gun's leveled rather than single file and weapon's at port-arms.
In The Bush War ( Rhodesia ) the Selous Scout's ( Gov. Special Forces ) would track the guerrillas, but avoided cutting the jungle/scrub at all cost's as it showed there presence.
They coated uniform's in Parathion ( a powerful pesticide ) and cigarettes & tinned goods where laced with Thallium. These where left on the jungle trail for the bad guy's to find and die a painful death. The Brit's in Malaya pretended to be sympathetic to the rebels and gave booby trapped arm's & ammo to the locals to pass on to them. Grenades with instant fuses, bullets full of high explosive. Very tough measures have been used to  counter extreme threats.