The RAR would like to take this opportunity to post a special Remembrance to the Rosenfels family whom have always had such close ties with the Rhodesian African Rifles:
1979 – 2 Lt Desmond “Chappie” Rosenfels BCR (Post), Attached 14 Trp, 3 Cdo, 1st Bn RLI, KIA in the Manica Province of Mozambique in a ground and air operation on a ZANLA camp. Troop commander since July 1978 Chappie, a TA officer, had been in several Fire Force contacts in which numerous CTs were killed. On 8 February, his Fire Force section was deployed against a gang of 25 CTs.
The undergrowth was very thick, resulting in most of the CTs kills taking place at extremely close range. Towards the end of the engagement, a well concealed CT directed small arms fire on the section, wounding one of the men. As the soldier fell into a gully, he was fully exposed to enemy fire. Chappie, with no regard to his own safety, crawled into the gully to assist the wounded trooper, but whilst he was pulling him back, he was himself shot and killed from close range.
For his personal bravery, resourcefulness and aggression throughout his short career, and especially for his selfless actions on the day, Chappie was posthumously awarded the BCR.
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