RLI 12Troop Op Miracle

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I found the evidence for 12 Troop RLI on Operation Miracle.

Africa@War series Selous Scouts.

The RLI vehicles were still in their original Rhode Camouflage and had not been painted in ‘Freddie Green’. RhACR guys had informed me that their vehicles had been ‘Freddie Green’ painted so this bares out the evidence. So the photo at Madison Square (Building, all green 7.5s and Wrecker) could be the RhACR MAP 7.5 TCVs.

RLI 30 man Troop commanded by Capt Bobby Harrison. (12 Troop?). 3 Commando RLI.

X2 MAP 7.5

X1 Puma

X1 MAP 4.5

X1 Puma

X1 MAP 7.5

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Selous Scouts MAP 4.5 ICV-TCV

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S & S Models have produced the above vehicle in 20mm scale which can be converted to the vehicles used by the Selous Scouts during Operation Miracle. A few small changes will bring the vehicle up to the version the Selous Scouts used.

Add spare plate behind the cab to protect the machine gunner. Add twin HMG 50 Cal with shield above vehicle cab. Add spare wheels and tools. Add two MAG machine guns one either side at rear of vehicle. Paint the vehicle ‘Freddie’ green over all.

I am looking forward to receiving my batch of MAP 4.5 from S & S Models so I can make the changes.

Operation Miracle Sept/Oct 1979

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Operation Miracle Sept/Oct 1979. Deep penetration mobile column raid against a large ZANLA camp in Mozambique. S&S Models have just done the MAP 4.5 TCV in 20mm so I now have my Selous Scouts vehicles covered. Could still do with some MAP 7.5 TCV for RhA and RLI.

List of vehicles in the column.

Operation Miracle Sept/Oct 1979.
X3 Eland 90s.
X2 ICVs of RhACR (Tango 9 and Tango 9A).
X1 Eland 90 Major Winklers command vehicle.
X2 Infantry Vehicles Selous Scouts (C/S 71 and 71A , Lt Simon Willar).
X1 Eland 90.
X2 Infantry Vehicles 27 Selous Scouts (C/S 72 and 72A , Lt Rob Guest).
X1 Eland 90
X2 Vehicles 27 Selous Scouts (c/s 73 and 73A, Lt Chris Gough and Supt Winston Hart).
X1 Pig Column Commander Capt Richard Pomford.
X1 Eland 90.
X2 Infantry Vehicles 27 Selous Scouts (c/s 74 and 74A, Lt John Barnes).
X2 Infantry Carrying Vehicles RhACR
X2 Eland 90s.

RLI 30 man Troop commanded by Capt Bobby Harrison. (12 Troop?).????? 3 Commando RLI.
X2 MAP 7.5
X1 Puma
X1 MAP 4.5
X1 Puma
X1 MAP 7.5
RLI 81MM Mortars
X4 Scorpion 81mm mortar carriers
RhA (Artillery)
X3 MAP 7.5 (towing tractors)
X3 25 pdr Medium Artillery

X1 MAP Wrecker.