Boxing Day, 1979. My wife’s grandfather (60 years old at the time) was driving on his farm in Hartley, Rhodesia. (now Chegutu, Zimbabwe) Ostensibly a tobacco and coffee farmer he was on his way into town when he was ambushed on the farm-road by ZANLA liberation fighters.
His old (even at the time) Mercedes Benz was riddled with automatic gunfire. This vehicle however is credited with saving his life because it was built like a tank. He was shot through the shoulder in the firestorm, unable to turn around on the single track road he drove through the ambush and on three flat tires made it to the neighbouring farm before passing out from blood loss. The neighbouring farmer staunched his wounds and managed to get him to a hospital. Although he survived he would struggle with the wounds from the attack for the rest of his life.
A non combatant, he was attacked two weeks after the official cease fire was signed to end the war.
Farms and by extension farmers were easy targets in the Rhodesian Bush war. Difficult to defend, spread out and often isolated a lone farmer with FN-FAL had very hard time of it against twenty or thirty insurgents with AK47s. Farm attacks and attacks on other civilian targets were demoralising and drained resources away from the conventional armed forces.