SALUTE THE TROOPERS


The Rhodesian Light Infantry "Trooper" Statue

"They have the faces of boys but they fight like lions..."
The Trooper statue was a memorial to the men of the RLI, unveiled on the unit's official regimental birthday on 1 February 1979. It was made from melted-down cartridge cases, from a piece sculptured by Captain Michael Blackman. It stood in the centre of the "Holy Ground" in front of the Battalion Headquarters and was saluted by all officers and men of the regiment when they passed it.

Standard of the Selous Scouts

Standard of the Selous Scouts

Since the Selous Scouts never had traditional Regimental Colours, a "Standard" was designed for the unit by Lt.Col. Reid-Daly, based on the standards used in the past by the Romans. Two Wildebeest tails hung from the tips of a pair of bull's horns, with a boss between the horns of Zebra skin to symbolize the multiracial character of the regiment. The motto "Pamwe Chete" means "Together Only". The standard was laid up in the unit chapel of the SADF's 5 Recce Regt. in Phalaborwa on 10 April 1990.

Crippled Eagles badge

Badge of the "Crippled Eagles"

The "crippled eagle" badge was designed by Robin Moore to represent the approximately 300 American volunteers who fought alongside the Rhodesians during the bush war, most of them in the RLI. Contrary to the popular conception abroad (and guerrilla propaganda), these men were not mercenaries, but signed up in the Rhodesian Army under the same conditions and at the same rate of pay as Rhodesian regulars. Moore also designed a flag with the badge in the centre. The "crippled eagle' symbolized the American Government's disapproval and abandonment of its nationals in Rhodesia. The rifle represented their contribution to the war effort, and the quill Moore's efforts through his books to promote a fair hearing for the Rhodesian point of view.

Rhodesian SAS Flag
Flag of the Rhodesian SAS
The Rhodesian SAS first saw action in the 1950s in the war against Communist guerrillas in Malaya. Among its members were Peter Walls, later to become commander of the Rhodesian Security Forces, and Ron Reid-Daly, later to become leader of the Selous Scouts. The flag of the SAS displayed the traditional winged dagger badge, symbolizing the legendary sword of King Arthur, Excalibur, which had been used to repel invaders in medieval times, with the wings representing the airborne role of the unit.

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