The History of the Rhodesian African Rifles and its Forerunner The Rhodesian Native Regiment

Alexandre Binda



Includes the award-winning BBC documentary DVD, Frontline Rhodesia Originally formed as The Rhodesia Native Regiment during World War I, this fine regiment first saw action in East Africa, pitted against the wily von Lettow-Vorbeck and his army of German askaris. Disbanded and later re-formed, the regiment was to distinguish itself during World War II in the North African and Burma campaigns. Using the counter-insurgency experience gleaned from the Malayan Campaign of the 1950s, the RAR provided the frontline troops in the battle for Rhodesia during that country’s bitter civil war of the 1960s and 1970s.


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Alexandre Binda was born in Beira, Mozambique in 1945. He joined the Rhodesian Army in 1965. He is a keen student of African military history and has written several articles for Lion & Tusk, the magazine of the Rhodesian Army Association. He now lives in Northumberland, England