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I an ex member of both 7 and 8 Squadron's of the Rhodesian war spending most of my operational time on Seven Squadron as a K Car gunner. I was credited for shooting down a fixed wing aircraft from a K Car on the 9 August 1979. This blog is from articles for research on a book which I HAVE HANDED THIS MANUSCRIPT OVER TO MIMI CAWOOD WHO WILL BE HANDLING THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK OF WHICH THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE Contact her on yebomimi@gmail.com The latest news is that the Editing is now done and we can expect to start sales and deliveries by the end of April 2011

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

FIREFORCE PROCEDURE

RLI trooper (MAG Gunner) photographer unknown, possibly Grand Reef circa 1978

TYPICAL RHODESIAN FIRE FORCE PROCEDURES

One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skilful.
Subduing the other’s military without battle is the most skilful.
The Art of War…
Denma Translation

Fire force was an operational response to a terrorist sighting or incident in an operational area and was composed of a first wave of 32 troopers carried to a scene by three Alouette 3 helicopters and a Paradak (DC3) with a command gunship (K Car) armed with a 20 mm cannon and a crew of 3 which consisted of the Army commander (Sunray) pilot and Technician/gunner. The three troop carrying helicopters were known as G Cars and carried four troopers along with the pilot and technician/gunner.

The stick of four troopers was known as a stop or stop group. Stop 1 being in the lead G Car and the others following.
Each Stop consisted of four troopers one commander , with an A63 VHF Radio, a FN rifle with 100 rounds of .762 NATO ammunition, smoke and fragmentation grenades and basic medical aid kit, the troops would also carry a sleeping bag and basic ration pack food in case of having to remain at the contact scene overnight.

One member of the stop was a machine gunner armed with an FN MAG machine gun and carried 400 rounds. The remaining two were riflemen and carried an FN with 100 rounds, grenades, etc. (By 1972 one of these riflemen was also issued with a radio)
The Paradak carried five stops.

Once on the scene these eight stops would be known as the first wave and had a huge area to cover. There were normally three fire forces operating within Rhodesia at one time.

1 comment:

  1. Bay Area National AnarchistJune 9, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Great post! Your description of this reminds of the recent book on the RLI The Saints that I'm reading now.

    ReplyDelete

I welcome comments from everyone on my book Choppertech.
I am interested especially on hearing from former ZANLA and ZIPRA combatants who also have thier story to tell.