COMBAT on Two Wheels!

Gerry Van Tonder profiles the Rhodesian ‘Motorcycle Troop’, a highly trained, motorcycle-equipped fast-response unit that participated in counter-insurgency operations during the Rhodesian Bush War

The only adaptation to the commercial motorcycle was to overpaint the bright orange in matt camouflage colours
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In the late 1960s and all of the following decade, the former central African British Colony of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was engaged in a counter-insurgency guerrilla war against nationalist forces whose objective was to overthrow the country’s white-minority government. Led by Britain and the United States, comprehensive economic sanctions, including a fuel blockade, were imposed on this landlocked country.

However, the beleaguered nation was not lacking in innovation in its prosecution of what was commonly referred to as ‘the bush war’. The various operational areas bordering Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana were, characteristically, not conducive to conventional warfare, primarily due to the topographical nature of the countryside and very rudimentary road networks.

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