This section deals with tactics,
techniques, operations and lessons learned during the Rhodesian counter-insurgency
Rhodesia, though geographically a
Third world country, possessed an essentially western military
establishment and organization based on the British model.
Like many financially
hard-pressed Third world countries confronted by insurgents, The
Rhodesian Security Forces as well as the Selous Scouts functioned under
serve financial constraints that limited their access to late model,
sophisticated "high tech" weapons and to large quantities of
The Rhodesians' ability to overcome
these constraints by embracing innovated strategies and tactics,
including novel techniques in road security, combat tracking,
reconnaissance, small unit tactics, special operations, and intelligence
gathering, suggests that the successful prosecution of a counter-insurgency
conflict need not entail a huge expenditure of vast amounts
of conventional weapons and equipment, while employing
conventional war-fighting tactics to successfully wage an effective campaign.
With that I assembled some of the
high lights that I feel are relevant and related to the way the Selous
Scouts operated and performed in this campaign.