Mike Subritzky

KIWI PEACEKEEPERS
NZATMC – AP Lima 1979: Rhodesian War

Flag of New Zealand
Flag of New Zealand

Flag of Rhodesia
Flag of Rhodesia
There’s death all around me, there’s death in the air,
I can smell it and feel it – and I know now the fear.
The road could be mined, or an ambush await,
it may be the end – our appointment with fate.

The escorts have left us, we’re now on our own,
I’m as frightened as hell – and we’re all so alone.
Our armour is moving, we’re leaving the town,
Rhodesians are waving, yelling – “Keep your heads down!”

I look at the Gunner, his face is all drawn,
his machine gun is loaded – and the safety-catch on.
We drive through the war zone, on dirt roads blood red,
past African kraals – with children unfed.

Expecting a tank mine, or bullet to tell,
or a Russian made rocket – to take us to hell.
At Assembly Place “Lima”, the site of an old kraal,
we finally halt – and put our backs to the wall.

Raise the stars of our nation, raise the Brit’s Union Jack,
put the dread right behind us – for there’s no turning back.
Not there for the fighting, not there for the fall;
we are the friend of no one – and the enemy of all.
… We are the Peacekeepers.