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Selous Scouts
The Selous Scouts were undoubtedly the most effective of the many Special Forces, which have been used in Africa. Raised by Reid-Daly, an ex-Rhodesian SAS officer, the ideals of that regiment were the basis upon which he developed a unit specially tailored for the terrain and type of action it encountered and endowed it with special skills such as tracking. It was multi-racial so its members were able to pose as ZIPLA or ZANLA guerrillas on both sides of its borders and thus identify the guerrilla's structure, composition and supply systems. Guerrilla squads were then maneuvered into contact with conventional troops. Because of the entangled nature of their operations with, at times, each side posing as the other, there were cases of atrocities being perpetrated by both sides, although the Scouts certainly did not deserve the infamous reputation they got as a result of enemy propaganda.

The 17-day selection of the Scouts was similar to that of the SAS with recruits being watched for 'the real individual' who would emerge after starvation, hardship and exhaustion, the latter being ensured by speed-marches of 32 km (20 miles), of which the last 12 km (7.5 miles) had to be done in two and a half hours while carrying a sand bag. The dedicated few that passed this test were then examined for a blend of gregariousness and self-sufficiency. Their emblem was a silver-winged Osprey badge worn on a brown beret.
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