RBW – Cockle Shell Heroes.
The Elite, The Story of the Rhodesian SAS by Barbara Cole. (p116-121)
Capt Bob MacKenna came up with a covert operation to attack ZANLA and FRELIMO in Mozambique. 12 men from A Troop RhSAS would use 6 Klepper Canoes to infiltrate Mozambique and Cabora Bassa Damn. They would attack enemy targets, barracks, ambush patrols and vehicles, lay mines and booby traps and destroy boats.
They entered the area via the Musengezi River in Northeastern Rhodesia in Mid January 17th 1977. The tactics were to ‘Hit and Float’.
Resupply would be by Dakota 4 boxes at night. The supply would include fresh chickens in tin foil, oranges, bread rolls, milk, mines and ammunition.
Weapons used by the 12 men of A Troop were x6 RPD x2 FN (with Trilux sights), x2 AK47, x1 RPG carried by an individual with an AK. All members had shoulder holsters with a 9mm.
They hid on the islands in the lake and moved out at night to attack the enemy along the shores. Walking in land to attack barracks and ambush vehicles. They wore sandals in camp on the islands but boots during the night operations. Greens were worn to confuse the enemy and not Rhodesian camouflage. Rhodesian camouflage t-shirts and shorts would be worn on their island camps.
They disrupted traffic on the Tete-Maque- Mkumbura Road, harassed ZANLA and FRELIMO.
The operations were to last 6 weeks in each case and there were three operations.
SAS would not wear kidney pouches or sleeping bags as these items would go in the bergens they carried.
I used some RAR figures from Underfire Miniatures hiding the sleeping bag and kidney pouches with green stuff.
Also used ZANLA figures and FAPLA figures for some of the other SAS figures adding bergens and webbing and new heads in many cases.
I got my Klepper Canoe from the Airfix Commando box but there may be some 20mm detailed versions produced in the future.