The Americans who fought for Rhodesia

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The Americans who fought for Rhodesia

Approximately 300 Americans, some with previous combat experience in Vietnam, others with none, volunteered to fight in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Rhodesian Bush War against Communist terror.


They did so not as mercenaries but as ordinary soldiers, earning a pay packet in local currency equal to that of a Rhodesian regular, under the same conditions of service.

The Americans suffered seven combat fatalities and many others were wounded in combat, some maimed for life. Five served in Rhodesia’s most prestigious unit, the Selous Scouts.