bush war, noun phrase

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EnglishShow more bush noun1 + English war.
A guerilla war, especially that waged for over two decades by the South African Defence Forces in northern Namibia. Also attributive. Occasionally bush warfare.
1941 C. Birkby Springbok Victory 95The whole operation, for which Brig. Dan Pienaar was awarded the D.S.O. immediately, was an almost flawless model for a bush-war raid.
1979 Evening Post 10 May 3The R4 will, particularly in bush war conditions, be a more effective weapon than the R1.
1981 E. Prov. Herald 9 July 3At least 700 people have died this year in the bush war in the operational area in northern South West Africa.
1984 Rand Daily Mail 9 Feb. 1South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs..said..yesterday that a ceasefire was ‘in practice at this moment’ in southern Angola amid ‘a very promising climate’ for an extended halt to the bush war.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 15 June 9The outcome of the current constitutional dispute is unlikely to have much impact on the 21-year bush war waged by Swapo in the far-north of the territory.
1989 H. Hamman in Scope 10 Mar. 56They are acknowledged by friend and enemy alike as without equal — anywhere — when it comes to bush warfare.
1990 Sunday Times 27 May 6They..fought with South African forces against Swapo guerillas in the Caprivi bush war, killing hundreds of Swapo insurgents in 16 years of combat.
1992 Radio South Africa 9 Aug. (News)The twenty-three year pre-independence bush war on the border of Namibia and Angola.
A guerilla war, especially that waged for over two decades by the South African Defence Forces in northern Namibia. Also attributive. Occasionally bush warfare.
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