• An account of life as a soldier in Rhodesia's war.
"...only the poets of the First World War have captured so compellingly the many moods of the young soldiers” -Prof Marcia Leveson (President English Academy of Southern Africa)
The soldier poet of southern Africa matches his haunting poetry with authentic photos, paintings and sketches to tell the story of the Rhodesian bush war. Echoes of an African War follows the story of the teenaged army recruit who exchanged his home and his family for the world of barrack life. It sketches the years, until 1973, when a low-intensity war allowed a young man to explore the African bush.
The story then bursts into the late 1970s when the conflict escalated into a vicious civil war. It covers the war's end, in 1980, and the subsequent readjustment to civilian life before finishing, in 1999, when, as a mature man, he looks back and remembers events that are now history. Most important of all, this work imparts to his children what it looked like to have been been a soldier in Rhodesia's war. Chas Lotter has perfected the magic art of combining pathos and eeriness. His observations are canny and surgically precise as he gradually unfolds his story.
About the Author
As a field medic, Sergeant Lotter served for nine years with frontline units of the Rhodesian Army. It was these years of action, emotion and savage experience that fuelled the poet's fire in him, and he started writing poetry"on the backs of cigarette boxes” in an attempt to deal with the realities of the war. Lotter's work was first published in Peter Badcock's volume, Shadows of War. In 1984, he published his highly acclaimed Rhodesian Soldier. His work has earned him membership of the English Academy of Southern Africa.