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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

RHODESIAN INFANTRY

Picture from Soldier of Fortune magazine during the war.

ROLES OF INFANTRY BATTALIONS
The various Infantry Battalions of the Regular and Territorial Army are to train for and be prepared to take part in the following types of operations:-
Military assistance to civil power.
Internal Security operations, Urban and Rural.
Counter Insurgency operations (COINOPS)
Classical Warfare operations.
1 RLI
The unit’s tasks in classical warfare are:-
To operate in small, self contained patrols in any terrain by road or on foot for sustained periods by day and by night
The execution of rapid strikes against enemy targets in any type of country.
To undertake deep penetration patrols in enemy dominated areas.
To undertake long range reconnaissance tasks.
To operate from all types of land or water vehicles, helicopters and other troop carrying aircraft
The collection of specialized military intelligence.
The execution of demolition tasks
To operate in the normal infantry role if circumstances dictate.
1 Special Air Service Unit
1 SAS is to train for, and be prepared for, to take part in any of the operations and tasks mentioned in 1 RLI
Military assistance of civil power
Internal security operations
Counter Insurgency Operations
Classical warfare Operations
This unit must have the following capabilities:
Ability to cut off terrorists operating in the country from bases outside the country.
Small patrols capable of operating for long periods in any type of country.
Ability to cross any type of country or water.
Water patrols of rivers/Lakes.
Selous Scouts
The Selous Scouts are to be trained for and be prepared to take part in any of the above. In addition they are to provide Tracker Combat teams for units of the Security Forces in order to:
Follow up tracks
Undertake reconnaissance tasks.

Grey’s Scouts
The role of the Grey’s are:-
Long range patrolling and reconnaissance of rural areas.
Tracking and follow up on horseback
Deep penetration in support of Armoured cars.
To be prepared to act as dismounted Infantry.
Independent Companies
The role of the Independent companies are the same as for Infantry battalions

1 comment:

  1. It was a sad and shameful day when Britain turned its back on rhodesia.

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