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The Rhodesian Armoured Corps was the last incarnation of various armoured military units
in Rhodesia. Its initial incarnation was raised in 1941 for service in World War II. This was
disbanded in 1956 before being re-established in 1973 to fight in Rhodesia's insurgency.
The various names of the regiment are as follows:
Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment - 1941
Southern Rhodesian Reconnaissance Car Regiment - 1941-1947
Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment - 1948-1956
Disbanded - 1956-1973
Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment (RhACR) - 1973-1979
Rhodesian Armoured Corps (RhAC) - 1980
The regiment consisted of five armoured squadrons, each of four troops, with a supporting
Signals Troop, Army Service Corps detachment, Training Troop and an HQ element. In 1979
a supporting Infantry Troop was added. A, B and C Squadrons were territorial units, while D
and E Squadrons were staffed by regulars and national servicemen. The armoured troops
used the South African manufactured Eland 90 armoured car, the British made Ferret
armoured scout car and a variety of Rhodesian armoured personnel carriers constructed on
the short wheelbase '25' and long wheelbase '45' Mercedes truck chassis, or the Nissan
truck chassis. The unit acquired 8 Soviet block T-55 tanks in October 1979, that were seized
by South Africa from a Libyan freighter in Durban. The regiment's primary roles were in
static defence of key border crossing points, in high density operations in no-go areas
heavily infiltrated by guerillas, in external operations against enemy bases and mainly in the
provision of an armoured force in the event of a classical war invasion of the country. This
latter scenario only materialised in 1980 after the end of the Bush War, whereas the regiment
carried out most of its operations in a counter-insurgency role prior to 1980.
The regiment had the reputation of high standards, with all members being infantry trained
prior to application. Applicants were then trained to an armoured specialisation at the
regiment's own training centre.
The Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental
Assocation of Australasia