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LIEUTENANT COLONEL REID-DALY

    

Rhodesian-born Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid Daly joined the army in 1951 when he volunteered to fight, with C (Rhodesia) Squadron of the British SAS, against communist rebels in Malaya. After transferring to the Rhodesian Army he worked his way up through the ranks and became a Regimental Sergeant-Major. 

Reid-Daly on ops in Mozambique, 1967.     In 1973, as a captain, Reid -Daly was persuaded by General Walls, the chief of the Rhodesian Army, to form an elite special forces unit that was urgently needed to combat the growing threat posed by nationalist guerrillas.

    Drawing on his Malayan experiences Reid Daly built up a skilled and highly professional regiment from scratch, but though it performed magnificently in the field, its unorthodox methods won him few friends in the regular army.  

    Reid Daly had several brushes with the military authorities, and in 1979 he was court-marshaled for insubordination after being   involved in a blazing public row with his superior, Lieutenant-General John Hickman. A minor reprimand was issued and Reid Daly, no longer able to count on the unqualified support of his fellow officers, resigned. 

    In November 1979 the command of the Selous Scouts was handed over to Lieutenant-Colonel Pat Armstrong and Reid Daly ended his association with the regiment he had worked so hard to create.

 

By Peter Stiff

 

 

 

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