I have decided to paint up a series of figures as late Rhodesian Bush War troops in a ‘What if’ scenario if the war had gone on after 1980.
If the RBW had gone on it would have seen large bodies of Rhodesian troops with armour entering Zambia and Mozambique to seek out terrorist bases and destroying them. The Soviets and Chinese were arming these terrorists with huge amounts of arms. FRELIMO in Mozambique were effectively fighting with ZANLA.
What would have been seen was large battle groups entering these countries especially Mozambique as it was easier to enter that country as the Zambexzi was quite a difficult a obstacle to cross although there was the odd site which could be used.
One can imagine Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment T54s with MVCPs of their Mechanised Infantry attached with RhSAS and RLI troops taking part in large operations to clear Brigade targets such as Mapai.
In my scenario the RAR has formed with Eland 90 armoured cars, T54s plus Rhodesian Artillery attached with a Jumbo sized Fire Force supporting it during operations. Troops would be dressed for Classic or Conventional warfare. In 1980 1RAR formed a battle group to take on ZIPRA and obliterated the 1st ZIPRA Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
I bought the Elheim Figures 20mm of NATO troops and varients which can double for Rhodesian troops in helmets with scrim. I have changed the figures with Carl Gustavs and replaced them with RPG7. Also those figures with Sterling Sub Machine Guns I have replaced with FNs.
By the end of the war RAR patrols of 8 men were deploying with and RPG7 and 60mm commando mortar plus two MAG. I have transfered this to an RAR platoon thus giving these platoons a lot of fire power. The RAR had lagre stocks of MAGs, captured RPG7s and an abundance of 60mm commando mortars.
Next I must get S&S Models to produce the MAP 4.5 TCV, MAP 7.5 TCV and of course the MPCV to work with the tanks. Many of these vehicles were then used in operations by the ZNA in Mozambique and the Congo as well UN Peace Keeping duties in Somalia etc.
This will be an on going project.