Counter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush 1974a1980 by J.r.t WoodCounter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush 1974a1980 by J.r.t Wood

Counter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush 1974a1980

byJ.r.t Wood

Paperback | March 15, 2011

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Fireforce as a military concept dates from 1974 when the Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) acquired the French MG151 20mm cannon from the Portuguese. Coupled with this, the traditional counter-insurgency tactics (against Mugabe's ZANLA and Nkomo's ZIPRA) of follow-ups, tracking and ambushing simply weren't producing satisfactory results. Visionary RhAF and Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) officers thus expanded on the idea of a 'vertical envelopment' of the enemy (first practiced by SAS paratroopers in Mozambique in 1973), with the 20mm cannon being the principle weapon of attack, mounted in an Alouette III K-Car ('Killer car'), flown by the air force commander, with the army commander on board directing his ground troops deployed from G-Cars (Alouette III troop-carrying gunships and latterly Bell 'Hueys' in 1979) and parachuted from C-47 Dakotas. In support would be a propeller-driven ground-attack aircraft armed with front guns, pods of napalm, white phosphorus rockets and a variety of Rhodesian-designed bombs; on call would be Canberra bombers, Hawker Hunter and Vampire jets.
, (Hons) (Rhodes), PhD (Edinburgh), FRHistS was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He was educated at St George's College, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Edinburgh University, Scotland. He was a Commonwealth scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Research Fellow at th...
Title:Counter-Strike from the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush 1974a1980Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:30 Degrees South PublishersLanguage:English

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