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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, July 27, 2008


THE CHEETAH -The RLI magazine -in this picture a G Car just about to go on a call-out with a stick of RLI troopers (posed picture the rotors are not turning, the Tech would be doing a walk round at start up and would only enter his position behind the guns prior to taxi) John Corsie is pictured here and one can get a good view of his flak vest; also note that we used oxygen masks and not boom mikes on our helmets (bone domes), this was to eradicate outside noise. We also drilled the troops to always keep thier rifles in the horizontal as there had been accidents and damage to the helicopters on the early days of fireforce. When emplaning the troopers always approached the helicopter carrying his rifle butt facing forward.

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  1. Very interesting; about the rifles; did the Rhodesian Army also use "conditions" with regard to operating their rifles? I know the U.S. Marines use the following:

    - CONDITION 1. To place a weapon in condition 1, a round must be in position to be fired and the safety must be on.

    - CONDITION 2. To place a weapon in condition 2, a round must be in position to be fired, the weapon’s action must be closed, and the hammer must be forward. (This condition only applies to weapons that have external hammers).

    - CONDITION 3. To place a weapon in condition 3, ammunition is in position to be chambered, the chamber is empty, the action is closed, and the safety is on.

    - CONDITION 4. To place a weapon in condition 4, all ammunition is removed, the chamber is empty, the action is closed, and the safety is on.


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.