At Mugabe's request he undertook to help supervise the moulding of his own armed force with the motley legions of guerrilla fighters who had emerged from the bush after the protracted and ugly war.
But Mugabe was soon increasingly perturbed by reports that Walls was plotting a coup against him and his new regime.
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Walls seemed to adapt readily to the prospect of black majority rule.
It was composed entirely of Rhodesian officers and men, who gained much valuable experience in fighting a guerrilla war in wild and hostile terrain.
Walls continued to shine, and in 1964 assumed command of the 1st Battalion, the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI), a unit of tough young professional soldiers which was to become famous in the bush war.
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The sentiment in favour of UDI was growing among whites, alarmed by what they perceived as determination by the colonial power to hand over power to black majorities throughout its African territories.
A further bitter blow was the revelation that Ian Smith, a man he had supported throughout the lead up to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and who had appointed him to lead the Rhodesian forces through the war, had been blaming Walls for many of the failures of the transition and had actually accused him of "traitorous activities".
Peter Walls was born in Rhodesia in 1927 into family with military tradition.
He volunteered for the British Army during the Second World War and attended the Staff College at Camberley, which welcomed students from the Commonwealth.
When the war ended he joined the Black Watch and was appointed Assistant Adjutant in the Highland Brigade Training Centre.