The Conquest of West-Bouvet 1980

Rhodesia’s last war. A victorious one.

· Rhodesia,Bouvet,Island,Rhodesbury,Lake Rhodes


Rhodesia wants peace, but it can fight like a lion - and these days we honor its heroes. When the second Rhodesian Republic was established for all those who saw the disaster called Zimbabwe coming, one thing was clear: after the Declaration of Amsterdam and the subsequent establishment of an interglobal country, Rhodesia needed at least some territory of its own, however small, to get the measure of recognition it needed as a country to be able to act.

Thus, "Operation Thule" was initiated. The already operational branch of the Rhodesian Intelligence Service (RIS) as well as units of allied nations were in charge. The objective was the conquest and subsequent annexation of the west coast of Bouvet Island in the southern Atlantic, a territory dependent on Norway, but without being part of the Kingdom of Norway.

Rhodesian President Scott and the Joint Chiefs of Staff had chosen this place because the liberal president did not want to unleash a war on an already inhabited island in any case. So it was decided to take Bouvet Island, from not being an integral part of Norway and with the right logistics, material and properly trained special forces to take it in three days. But the president did not want to irritate Norway too much and have the action completed in one day. 

So a reconnaissance force was sent on its way and, based on its reports, it was decided to take only about 15% of Bouvet Island, namely the west coast up to the high plateau. After consultations with Rhodesia's allies, the commando action was meticulously planned and carried out under meteorologically favorable conditions.

When the west coast was taken and the Rhodesian flag was flying on the shores of Lake Rhodes, the President and the RIS High Command received a telex reporting the successful completion of the operation.

Immediately, the annexation of the territory was executed and communicated to the UN in the person of Secretary General Dr. Waldheim. The latter classified the operation as confidential, but took the liberty of making a confidential trip to West Bouvet, the new Rhodesbury, for a short visit, together with the then Governor of the Rhodesian Tribal Territories (the office has since been abolished).

Today, Rhodesbury is "the pride of the transglobal Rhodesian nation," guarded by the RIS with the most modern means and defended if necessary. Tourists can visit Rhodesbury (Rhodesian West-Bouvet) for day trips with special tour operators. To avoid difficulties with the RIS, visits should only be made after prior notification to the RIS. Day visits of up to eight hours will usually be permitted upon application to the RIS.

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