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Andy Donnelly, Author at Rhodesian African Rifles

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Chibaya Moyo Snippet one

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Chibaya Moyo Snippet one

I start this exercise with an anecdote written for “Chibaya Moyo” by Captain Andrew Thomas Telfer SCR about an outstanding 2RAR Corporal and conclude with his citation that accompanied the award of his deserved and much coveted Silver Cross of Rhodesia. It is through reading these anecdotes and citations that one is able to grasp…

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Battle of Essexvale

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Battle of Essexvale

Not too many soldiers and veterans world-wide know about the Rhodesian bushwar. Even less about a battle known as the Battle of Essexvale, which happened one year after the official end of that war. In February 1981, a mechanised Zipra battalion of the Matabele side of the former anti-Rhodesian terrorist movements moved on Bulawayo in…

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Counter-Punching on the Mudzi

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Counter-Punching on the Mudzi

D Company, 1RAR, on Operation Mardon, 1 November 1976 Dr J.R.T. Wood Firstly The Daily Telegraph of London, on 28 October 1976, and then the Observer of 31 October reported the infiltration that month of hundreds of African nationalist fighters into Rhodesia from Mozambique. They were reinforcing the armed cadres of the Zimbabwe African National…

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Regimental Command 1970-1980

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Regimental Command 1970-1980

Posted on behalf of Brig David Heppenstall               1981 CO Mick Mckenna, 2i/c Maj R Robinson, Adjt Swart, same RSMs. I came in as Adjt April 1981 Capt JW Hopkins right at the end just as we dropped our RAR embellishments and was the last to wear them I…

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Colonels of the Regiment

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Colonels of the Regiment

Posted on behalf of Brig David Heppenstall

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Regimental Sergeant Major of the RAR – Stephen Machado Banda BEM, CPM

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Regimental Sergeant Major of the RAR – Stephen Machado Banda BEM, CPM

Regimental Sergeant Major of the RAR – Stephen Machado Banda BEM, CPM Station Sergeant Stephen Machado Banda, BEM, CPM, British South Africa Police Askari Platoon. Banda originated from Nyasaland and joined the BSAP Askari Platoon in 1927.   In 1940 he was a Station Sergeant when he was seconded to the Rhodesian Africa Rifles as…

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