28mm vehicles for Rhodesian Bush War.

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These are the photos of a series of vehicles made by David Feemantle and are compatible with 28mm Eureka Rhodesian Figures. His details are below.

Dave Freemantle Rhodesian vehicle models
Thanks for the plug, my contact email isfreemantledavid@yahoo.com.au and I use PayPal as it is very user friendly. Please let people know that I will need time to put orders together as I don’t carry much stock and make them as and when ordered.

Anyway chaps this is a great start for those interested in 28mm war gaming1488021_10152681037169860_3745021157350634508_n 1958562_10152681035874860_3925747430436306699_n 10300794_10152681035849860_2087371146973967550_n 10349964_10152681036734860_4360394901160855642_n 10377545_10152681038569860_8416907563683862603_n 10378190_10152681037034860_5541335081566900286_n 10520894_10152681038514860_6956988353007573246_n 10525586_10152681035619860_5244936251348165282_n 10544420_10152681038254860_2258451898198097838_n 10559729_10152681037949860_980431301993497642_n 10583782_10152681037479860_5820999145680863537_n 10584056_10152681033899860_807529373376343742_n 10592814_10152681037289860_5207931106901203944_n 10592819_10152681036149860_760168391135177729_n 10600374_10152681035029860_1061414858710296008_n 10600624_10152681037794860_5284883076092963962_n 10600639_10152681037429860_5593415829459800969_n 10603667_10152681038289860_6135528093884950333_n 10615382_10152681038609860_2159239952918256969_n 10622816_10152681036934860_8447172030042267728_n 10625000_10152681037539860_8263683691946144415_n 10629717_10152681037624860_2628957203503525289_n 10645212_10152681034934860_5908160347221143765_n 10647104_10152681036509860_5001710143220406892_n 10649839_10152681038014860_9075881476702786723_n 10650014_10152681036529860_4390703318795891516_n the Rhodesian Bush War.

ZIPRA BTR 152

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Operation Zero.

Although ZIPRA had only 2500 men operating in Matabeleland by Easter 1979, eight ZIPRA battalions had been regrouped at Mulungushi training camp in Zambia while a ninth, a motorised battalion, equipped with SAM-7 missiles and 14,5 A/A guns was said to be held in Livingstone in readiness to storm Victoria Falls bridge.

The military statistics were somewhat alarming. The Rhodesian Forces knew that ZIPRA planned to infiltrate 9000 men to occupy Victoria Falls, Pandamatenga and Plumtree. Of ZIPRA’s 20,000 trained men biding their time in Zambia, 4000 were conventionally trained.

A great deal of equipment was provided to equip ZIPRA in the conventional roll. Vehicles such as ten T34s, BTR 152s, BRDM2s, GSP Bridging Equipment, PTS-M amphibious cargo carriers, D 30 artillery, various trucks and support equipment. What is not sure is if ZIPRA had more tanks in Zambia. The mechanized battalion could have anything up to 60 BTR152s and an attached company of 10 T34 tanks, going by Soviet ORBATs of the period.

ZIPRA with the aid of the Soviet Union was building its own air force of a squadron of Mig 21s which were not quite ready by the Cease Fire of 1979.

Even though large amounts of this ZIPRA equipment was left in Zambia with Zimbabwe independence, large amounts of vehicles and equipment did enter Zimbabwe. Much of this equipment was placed in camps at Gwaai River Mine, and the 10 T34s and numbers of BTR152s and other vehicles were based at Essexvale Battle School. About 2000 ZIPRA men were housed in Entumbane township, alongside 2000 ZANLA men. The 1st Bn Rhodesian African Rifles realised that the RAR could not disband as the threat from fractional fighting between ZIPRA and ZANLA was inevitable.

In February 1981 sometime after the independence of Zimbabwe, factional fighting between ZIPRA and ZANLA broke out for the second time in the Entumbane area on the outskirts of Bulawayo. This was the second battle of Entumbane, but this time it was the returning terrorist forces which were to come short, and not innocent civilians. In the first Entumbane battle 179 innocent African civilians were killed by ZANLA, before the RAR could stop the slaughter.

In February 1981 when fighting broke out again between ZIPRA and ZANLA the RAR was waiting. C Coy 1RAR was holding the Beer Hall Hill and came under sustained attack. 1 RAR then deployed 4 Eland 90 armoured cars to block the main road from Essexvale which was the main armoured threat. Troops from Support Company and 1 Pl A Coy supported the armoured cars. In a night action 3 BTR 152s were destroyed (60 ZIPRA dead) and a further BTR 152 which escaped down the side roads was hit by a police vehicle, and disabled. On the other road into Bulawayo 3 Pl A Coy ambushed a ZIPRA command vehicle, destroying it with machinegun fire and capturing 8 ZIPRA officers. B Coy 1 RAR cordoned off the Western edge of Bulawayo as the Zimbabwe National Army had run away. D Coy 1RAR took ‘lurkers’ Ridge and once relieved by A Coy advanced with the armoured cars into the township to relieve the surrounded C Coy.

Looking at these series of photos, I would say 0-60 and 0-120 were hit in the front of the vehicle by the Eland 90s, 0-7- was hit in the rear by an Eland 90, I believe 0-110 was the BTR 152 hit by a police vehicle?

In conclusion it can be seen that without air superiority or at least parity, ZIPRA and its conventionally trained men would have been dealt a severe blow by the Rhodesian Air Force, Rhodesian Army units, Rhodesian Armoured Cars, Rhodesian T54s, and Rhodesian Artillery.destroyed BTR 152 btrs 3 btrs 0-120 btrs 0-60 BTR 0.70 DETAIL 2 IMG_1049 IMG_1050 IMG_1051