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1RAR officers mess bar

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1RAR officers mess bar

1RAR officers mess bar

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Fire Force Charlie, based out of Rutenga FAF in 1979

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Fire Force Charlie, based out of Rutenga FAF in 1979

Fire Force Charlie, based out of Rutenga FAF in 1979

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1RAR officers 1981

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1RAR officers 1981

1st Battalion The Rhodesian African Rifles Officers 1981. Back Row L-R 2/Lt John Wynne Hopkins, Capt Ken Alexander, Lt Max Chinyangania, Lt Simon Mundingi. Middle Row L-R Lt Rufu Mutandwa, Lt Andy Todd, Lt Willard Fleetwood, Lt David Hill, Capt Basil Clarke, Lt Dave Grant (Queens Colour) Lt Jo Mukaro (Regimental Colour) Capt Dicky Momsen,…

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Major Tony Lee

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Major Tony Lee

From Pat Lawless, Chairman the RAR Regtl Assn. It is with deep sadness I report the passing of Major Tony Lee, who died after a short though remarkable battle with cancer at 4.30am yesterday (Mon 17 July 2017), in the UK. Remarkable because of his tenacity and spirit in confronting what he saw was a…

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Funeral Of Brian Oliver Friday 6th January 2017 2pm

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Funeral Of Brian Oliver Friday 6th January 2017 2pm

Offer of Free Accommodation – Funeral of Brian Oliver, Friday 6 January 2017 Elaine (Brian’s stepdaughter) has been in touch: a generous friend of the Oliver family is making available three double rooms at a nearby guest house for the night of the funeral (6 Jan 17); please call Elaine on +44 (0)7543 224147, quoting…

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

BRIGADIER FRANCIS JOHN WANE ISO Francis John Wane was born October 1880 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the son of a prosperous merchant who owned and operated the Red Barn Grain and Feed Merchants in the town. His mother was a music teacher. The UK census of 1890 show that his grandparents managed ‘Red Barn’ farm…

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PRESS RELEASE

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PRESS RELEASE

The New Rhodesia Forum (NRF) and the Rhodesian African Rifles Regimental Association (RAR gibsonRegtl Assn) are pleased to jointly announce the successful conclusion of a project to restore the water supply of a former RAR soldier in Zimbabwe. Gibson Nkala was a former member of both the 1stand 2nd Battalions of the Rhodesian African Rifles,…

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1st bn Officers 1968

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1st bn Officers 1968

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The all but forgotten contribution of African soldiers to the Allied victory in World War II

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The all but forgotten contribution of African soldiers to the Allied victory in World War II

Along with KAR, (+RAR), British West African forces played major roles in the East African Campaign. In fact, it was the motorised Nigerian brigade of 11th African Division from the RWAFF that captured and occupied Mogadishu, the then capital of Italian Somaliland. Mussolini’s Italian forces had no defence, as they had previously been dealt heavy…

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

BRIGADIER FRANCIS JOHN WANE ISO Francis John Wane was born October 1880 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the son of a prosperous merchant who owned and operated the Red Barn Grain and Feed Merchants in the town. His mother was a music teacher. The UK census of 1890 show that his grandparents managed ‘Red Barn’ farm…

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