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Rhodesian Special Forces
Rhodesian Elite Anti-Terrorist Ops
278 pages; 12 chapters and 4 appendixes
Imagine that you are part of a small white nation in southern Africa that is under
attack, not only by Marxist African terrorists, but also Cuban, Soviet, and troops from
other communist regimes of the world. That group of enemies was being helped by a
number of black racist totalitarian states in Africa, as well as the leftist US Carter
Administration. Simultaneously, with masses of assaults from all directions on the
sovereign borders of Rhodesia, traitors and infiltrated enemies of Rhodesia worked
ceaselessly to sabotage the Rhodesian war effort from within. Many of those traitors
were stooges of the Soviet KGB or GRU, British MI6, America’s CIA, and even Cuban
Intelligence. Yet somehow, the Rhodesians dealt with this massive international
assault, and fought it to a standstill for several years. The tiny spearhead of the
Rhodesian Army that took on the entire world were four battalion equivalents of
special forces troops.
“In 1977, the Rhodesian SAS was fully committed to strangling Mozambique's Tete Province through ambushes, raids,
mining and demolitions activities. Early in 1977, they launched Operation Mardon as 83 Rhodesian vehicles loaded with
SAS and RLI troops, plunged deep into the enemy entrails. Soon the lethal onslaught of Rhodesia’s best troops had
wrested control of Tete Province from the tyrannical afro-communist enemy.
Also in January 1977, an SAS section of twelve men spent six weeks raiding from a base on Lake Cabora Bassa using
canoes. In the process they killed about seventy enemy soldiers. During the second phase of the operation, one SAS
callsign spent thirteen weeks operating out of the lake base.
During SAS control of Tete Province in 1977, the number of ZANLA operating in Rhodesian Combat Zone Hurricane
dropped from 800 to 210. Then the SAS was withdrawn and sent to the Gaza area to halt ZANLA infiltration where the
Selous Scouts had failed. The Rhodesian Security Force Unit sent into Tete after the SAS left, was weak and ineffective.
Soon the enemy Tanzanian Army had cleared the roads of land mines and helped regain control of Tete Province.
In March 1977, twenty-two SAS supported by a 60mm mortar, attacked the garrison of Chioco in Tete Province. Dividing
into three assault groups, one stop group and one support group, they swept through the objective area killing forty
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The Rhodesian Special Forces were the finest special forces in the world in the
1970s. It is amazing that the tiny white nation of Rhodesia could organize and deploy such a fine group of special
operators in such a short time. The Rhodesian SAS, Selous Scouts, and Rhodesian Light Infantry constituted the
Rhodesian Special Forces, and they brought glory to their nation. Rhodesian Special Forces is an exciting
recounting of the amazing combat achievements of the Rhodesian Special Forces. It is also an account of the
domestic enemies of the Rhodesian Special Forces that conspired with the Soviets, British, US and South Africa
against both Rhodesia and the Rhodesian Special Forces.