OPERATION DICE LATE 1979.
RhSAS attack the Zambian Bridges.
While the waring factions were negotiating at the Lancaster House Conference in London, Joshua Inkomo and his regular conventional forces knew they were running out of time to invade Zimbabwe Rhodesia.
Rhodesian Forces also knew the potential danger of an armoured invasion as ZIPRA and its 1st ZIPRA Mechanised Brigade had huge quantities of Soviet armour, T34 tanks, BRDM2 armoured cars, BTR 152, D30 artillery, GSP Amphibious Bridging Ferries, PT-SM Amphibious Cargo Carriers and tones more equipment and AA guns.
The RhSAS hatched a plan to cut Inkomo off and restrict his movement within Zambia and force Zambia and the warring factions to the negotiating table.
Flying in the RhAF ‘Cheetahs’ (Bell 205) the RhSAS with tons of explosives downed 10 bridges in four days, also mining and restricting the movements of ZIPRA. At the start three bridges were blown up on the way to Chirundu, cutting the access road to Kariba and Rhodesia.
As the RhSAS troops flew in they spotted a ZIPRA Land Rover and put in a hasty ambush, which discovered documents in the ambushed Land Rover, which showed the area of a new crossing point planned by ZIPRA.
While the demolition parties were dealing with the bridges the protection party had a clash with the Zambian Army winning the duel and destroying numerous Zambian Army vehicles. I believe these included Armoured cars and trucks so at this stage were the Zambian vehicles still Ferrets and Bedford RLs?
The protection party would be armed with RPD, 60mm mortar and a 20mm ground mounted canon to take out armoured vehicles.
Unfortunately, a Swiss truck driver tried to break through one of the cordons and was shot.
At one stage the RhSAS highjacked a van to carry all their kit and explosives to the next objective. and mine an roads leading to ZIPRA camps.
The RhSAS were ordered not to destroy Zambia’s only fuel refinery, but went on to take out Nkomos huge arms dump effectively disarming ZIPRA before any invasion attempt.
Wargaming the scenario.
Figures Underfire Miniatures do all the necessary RhSAS figures in 20mm and 28mm scales and the 60mm mortar and the crews for the 20mm ground mount cannon. I think we still need to get the ground mount cannon made in 28mm scale so I will have to talk to Antonio Brass Nunes.
S&S Models do the 20mm RhSAS ground mount cannon in 20mm scale.
David Michael Freemantle can provide the various vehicles needed in this scenario in 3D Printed models.
S&S Models also do Rhodesian vehicles and the ferrets and RLs.