Rhodesian General Peter Walls dies in exile in South Africa

The Associated Press reports that Lt. General Peter Walls, the last white commander of the Rhodesian army that opposed Robert Mugabes guerrilla forces, has died. General Walls, who was 83, was instrumental in assisting Mugabe to integrate the guerilla armies into the Rhodesian army he commanded.

Bill Wiggill, spokesman for a veterans group, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that General Walls had died Tuesday while living in exile in South Africa. He left Zimbabwe soon after Mugabe accused him of a failed assassination plot, which Walls denied.

General Walls died at George airport in South Africa. He and his wife Eunice were about to travel to Johannesburg to meet up with family for a stay at Kruger game park. It is reported that he collapsed as he was getting out of the car – immediate efforts to revive him failed.

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