Two days later, the same force attacked 4,000 guerrillas at Tembu, another ZANLA base, over 200 kilometres inside Mozambique, north of Tete on the Zambezi River.
Estimates of ZANLA losses vary wildly; however, a figure exceeding 6,000 casualties is realistic.
Yet apart from the grand campaigns and battles of colonial yesteryear - Omdurman, Isandlwana, Spoinkop Fireforce Writ Large Airborne Assault in Mozambique Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighbouring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased in late 1979.
Fireforce as a military concept is a vertical envelopment of the enemy (first practised by SAS paratroopers in Mozambique in 1973), with the 20mm cannon being the principle weapon of attack, mounted in an Alouette III K-Car (Killer car), flown by the air force commander, with the army commander on board directing his ground troops deployed from G-Cars (Alouette III troop-carrying gunships and latterly Bell Hueys in 1979) and parachuted from C-47 Dakotas.
Bokassa served alongside the Free French under General Charles de Gaulle and later in the metropolitan French military as an NCO in Indo-China.
The narrative traces his ascent from these humble beginnings to his position as one of the regions most notorious dictators, exploring both his excesses of violence and personal aggrandizement and the role played by France and the wide-reaching Foccart intelligence network in his rise and fall.
Msasa Enterprises has maintained the high standard and quality of its imagery since commencing production in 1997.
Contents 'Pamwe Chete' The story of what it took to be a Selous Scout, with introduction and commentary from Lt. Ron Reid-Daly 'Mkushi/Westland Report' - the famous 'Green Leader' external raid into Zambia 'The Saints' - the Rhodesian Light Infantry 1974 'Chimoio Report' - the external operation into Mozambique 'Chaplain to the Forces' - the Rhodesian Corps of Chaplains with the Rev.
Norman Wood 'The Who Dare' C Squadron, 22 SAS in Rhodesia 'Mapai Report' The external operation into Mozambique 'A Pride of Eagles' On Exercise Vanguard, with the Rhodesian Air Force 'Black Boots' - the BSAP Support Unit 'A War on Words' - a public awareness film about the dangers of 'loose talk' The Final Chapter is a powerful visual story of the human spirit that made up the Rhodesian Forces who can trace their origins back to the late 19th century when the early settlers entered Matabele occupied territory A two disk digitally re-mastered package of original historic film 'gems' from the tumultuous period of Rhodesia in the 70s.
This special edition DVD takes you from the establishment of early government in 1924, through the building of Kariba Dam in the early 60s, to an experience with the 'fuzz' and the women of the RWS, finally closing with a beautiful documentary on the diversity of nature with which Rhodesia was blessed.
In modern jargon - this was Rhodesia's 9/11 but unlike the event in America there was no world condemnation - just a world wide deafening silence.
This compilation of Regimental Marches and Songs as well as original battle sound effects was digitally re-mastered from original recordings.