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Rhodesian African Rifles in MALAYA

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Rhodesian African Rifles in MALAYA

RHODESIAN AFRICAN RIFLES National Monument Kuala Lumpur (Tugu Negara) Malaysia   This morning, I visited the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur with instructions from Pat Lawless: • “…and the RAR badge still stands (and always has stood) alongside other units at the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur.” • For those who have never been, the Monumen…

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Greetings to our RAR Family and Members

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Greetings to our RAR Family and Members

Some great news received from our very own Keith Adams, one of the RAR Regtl Assn Executive, following a recent and heartwarming email I received regarding the RNR-RAR Memorial that we proudly unveiled at the National Memorial & Arboretum in Staffordshire on the 19th July, 2015.   Some Background: Whilst there was dissent from some…

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RAR Regimental Association

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RAR Regimental Association

Did you serve in one of the six RAR Independent Companies? Were you RAR-attached to one of the Rhodesia Regiment territorial battalions? Or were you in 1RAR, 2RAR, 3RAR, or at Depot RAR at Balla Balla? Perhaps your husband, partner, father, brother or son wore the RAR badge? If so, there is a home for…

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Major Michael Stewart

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Major Michael Stewart

Major Michael Stewart’s (US Army) thesis looks into what factors contributed to the majority of RAR soldiers being part of a disciplined fighting force loyal to Rhodesia throughout the Bush War. It is certainly an interesting read. Title: Art of War Papers: The Rhodesian African Rifles: The Growth and Adaption of a Multicultural Regiment through…

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Alan Gardiner Redfern MBE · November 11, 1943

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Alan Gardiner Redfern MBE · November 11, 1943

Capt (T/Maj) Alan Gardiner REDFERN MBE  Rhodesian African Rifles, Kings Royal Rifle Corps and LRDG OC B Sqn. January 1, 194301/01/43 as T/Capt Rhodesian African Rifles for running commando training courses in Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia – many of these commandos were incorporated into the LRDG. He transferred as a Captain from the Rhodesian African Rifles…

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BATTLES OF TAUNGUP / TANLWE CHAUNG 1945

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BATTLES OF TAUNGUP / TANLWE CHAUNG 1945

Posted By Russell Haydon Fulton

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Colours Presented to the Rhodesian African Rifles · July 12, 1953

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Colours Presented to the Rhodesian African Rifles · July 12, 1953

12 july 1953, a Sunday, Lieutenant-Colonel Kim Rule OBE (CO of 1RAR) reported that ‘15 officers, 14 British warrant officers and non-commissioned officers and 535 African ranks’ were present. During the Colour presentation ceremony, HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, delivered these words on behalf of her daughter and Regent, Queen Elizabeth II: “I should…

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100th Anniversary of the formation of the Rhodesian Native Regiment

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100th Anniversary of the formation of the Rhodesian Native Regiment

  Very important historical date in our regimental history, the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RNR (Rhodesian Native Regiment). Those who served in the Regiment will be acutely aware of the significance of T.C. (Tanlwe Chaung) Day in the RAR calendar. Please refer to the attached files and action accordingly. Those wishing to…

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Message from the Chairman Pat Lawless

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Message from the Chairman Pat Lawless

    Dear RARA (UK) Members, and RAR Friends, My appointment as Chairman of the RARA (UK) was approved by the Committee last week. I thought you might therefore be interested in what we plan to do over the next few years. Our Committee is made up of Pat Lawless, Malcolm Clewer, David Heppenstall, Keith…

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African war heroes honoured with permanent display at Sandhurst

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African war heroes honoured with permanent display at Sandhurst

Nearly 150 guests who have served the British Crown in Africa were invited to see the exhibition in their honour unveiled African soldiers who served in the British Army have been commemorated with a permanent display at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). Eight storyboards have been put up in the Old College recalling the…

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