Stan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid CollectionStan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid Collection

Stan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Stan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid Collection
Creator: Hannan, Stan, 1945-
Dates: 1976-1978
Extent: 4.0 items
Collection Number: RBRL/232/SHR
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: This collection includes A Chaplain’s Story and Rhodesia Unafraid, two films produced between 1976 and 1978 by Stan Hannan, an officer in the Rhodesian Army Chaplain Corps. A Chaplain’s Story was an attempt to improve the image of the army chaplains among other soldiers in the Rhodesian Army. Hannan followed up A Chaplain's Story with Rhodesia Unafraid, produced at the bequest of the Rhodesian Army as part of a larger propaganda effort to garner support for the Rhodesian government.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Stan Hannan was born in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1945, and grew up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). When Ian Smith’s government declared independence from Britain in 1965 (the U.D.I. – Unilateral Declaration of Independence), Hannan was in the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit, spending his mandatory national service patrolling the borders of Rhodesia against increasing unrest during the early stages of the Rhodesian Bush War. Upon leaving the service in 1967 Hannan married and entered into various business enterprises, including managing the South African folk rock group Four Jacks and a Jill. In 1974 he underwent a religious conversion to Christianity, and the following year was accepted in the Rhodesian Army Chaplain Corps. It was during this time that Hannan produced “A Chaplain’s Story” and “Rhodesia Unafraid.” After visiting America in the early 1980s, Stan Hannan and his family made the decision to emigrate to the United States, which they did in 1985, obtaining citizenship in 1991.

Scope and Content

This collection includes A Chaplain’s Story and Rhodesia Unafraid, two films produced between 1976 and 1978 by Stan Hannan, an officer in the Rhodesian Army Chaplain Corps. Hannan created A Chaplain's Tale as PR move to improve the image of the army chaplains among the other soldiers. After Hannan's A Chaplain's Story was shown on Rhodesian television in 1976, the Rhodesian Army asked him to produce a follow-up, in color, that could be shown internationally to help garner support for the Rhodesian government’s cause in the Rhodesian Bush War (also known as the Zimbabwe War of Liberation or the Second Chimurenga). The resulting twenty-minute film, “Rhodesia Unafraid” was the result of a larger propaganda effort known as Operation Springboard.

Organization and Arrangement

Stan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid Collection is arranged by format.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Stan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission to reproduce material for publication. Persons wishing to reproduce materials in the Russell Library collections should consult the Director. Reproduction or quotation of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2011.


Related Materials

Access Points

Audiovisual.
Hannan, Stan, 1945-
Moore, Robin, 1925-2008.
Rhodesia Army.
Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation.
Rhodesia, Southern. Army--Chaplains.
Rhodesia.
Van der Byl, Piet, 1889-
Wood, Norman.
ZANU-PF (Organization : Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe--History--Chimurenga War, 1966-1980.
Zimbabwe.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

I. Films

Extent: 2.0 moving images
A Chaplain's Story, 1976
Extent: 1.0 moving image 19 minutes
Scope and Content: Hannan created A Chaplain's Tale as PR move to improve the image of the army chaplains among the other soldiers. The resulting film was aired in 1976 on primetime television in Rhodesia.
item
UC 0078A Chaplain's Story [User Copy 0078], 1976
Rhodesia Unafraid, 1978
Extent: 1.0 moving image 20 minutes
Scope and Content: Rhodesia Unafraid was produced in 1978 by Stan Hannan, an officer in the Rhodesian Army Chaplains Corp. After Hannan's A Chaplain's Story was shown on Rhodesian television in 1976, the Rhodesian Army asked him to produce a follow-up, in color, that could be shown internationally to help garner support for the Rhodesian government’s cause in the Rhodesian Bush War (also known as the Zimbabwe War of Liberation or the Second Chimurenga). The resulting twenty-minute film, Rhodesia Unafraid was the result of a larger propaganda effort known as Operation Springboard.
item
UC 0083Rhodesia Unafraid [User Copy 0083], 1978