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British South Africa Police:
The British South Africa Police (BSAP) was the police force of the British South Africa Company established by Cecil Rhodes through the amalgamation of the Central Search Association and the Exploring Company Ltd after receiving a Royal Charter in 1889. The BSAC of Cecil Rhodes became the national police force of Southern Rhodesia, the British colony situated north of the Limpopo River and the Union of South Africa. Its successor after the declaration of UDI in 1965 became Rhodesia and is known today as Zimbabwe.

The BSAP was the quintessential Colonial Police Force with an extremely high standard of acceptance, presence and dress, operating largely unnarmed until the advent of hostilities in the early sixties.

A protracted Guerrila war saw the BSAP morph into a number of Regular and part time Para military units.

Perhaps unwisely and with the wisdom of hindsight the Guerilla War in Rhodesia, initially and for the most part was designated a Police action. This was probably due to concerns that a more appropriate description may have had a detrimental effect on the all important tourist industry. Not until the later and more desperate stages of the conflict were the highly efficient and effective Regular Military units able to operate autonomously of traditionally restrictive colonial structures and inflict devastating losses upon the enemy.
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The Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental
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