The 1st Battalion Rhodesian Light Infantry was formed
on the 1st February 1961. In its short existence, spanning only 19
years, this fully
airborne commando unit carved a reputation as one of the
world's foremost proponents of counter-insurgency warfare. This was
achieved through their ruthless application of the devastating 'Fireforce'
technique. This tactic of vertical envelopment of the enemy was
repeatedly applied during their daring cross border pre-emptive strikes against
the massing tide of ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas based in Mozambique and Zambia.
Charles Melson (US Marine Corps) described the RLI as "The Killing Machine"
Quotes from the Video:
"The Saints tells a story about
both the past and the present - because they are indeed a continuum. It
tells a story about the Rhodesian Light Infantry and the young soldiers who
fought bravely and fiercely in a remote African war 30 years ago, and in the
process became legends that will never disappear from the annals and tongues
of military historians... for all time."
Corporal Keith Nelson (ex US Special Forces) RLI Medic
"We of the RAR used to laugh at your soldiers. To us they looked like boys.
But they have showed us how to fight. They have the faces of boys, but they
fight like lions."
Platoon Warrant Officer Herod, the RAR
"The Rhodesian's army cannot be defeated in the field, either by terrorists
or even a more sophisticated enemy. In my professional judgment, based on
more than 20 years experience of counter-insurgency and guerilla type
operations, there is no doubt that Rhodesia now has the most professional
and battle-worthy army in the world for this type of warfare. Here is a
breed of men the like of which has not been seen for many a long age."
Sir Walter Walker, former NATO commander
(writing in the Times, January 1978)
Dolby 2.1 Stereo
PAL and NTSC formats
"The RLI DVD and book
is the best material
on the Rhodesian bush war I have seen.
specially impressed with
the color combat footage depicting
the Cessna Lynx dropping frantan.
Again, great job!"
Andrew Torres (USA)
'Trooping the Colour'
(A parade undertaken only once in 1970)
Commentary from Robin Tarr
RSM, 1st Battalion (1965 to 1971)
Rhodesian Light Infantry
original DVD is the definitive documentary produced to accompany the
book of the same name that celebrates
the brief, but golden history
the Rhodesian Light Infantry - 'The Saints'
With previously unavailable images from external
operations conducted towards the end of the bush war, commentary from former
and noted historian
Dr. Richard Wood
Chris Cocks and Roy Wilkinson
Produced and Directed by:
Harmon Cusack and Neil Thain
The Film Lab
Nic Pickard -
Add this superb
to your collection
PAL or NTSC FORMAT
"Write their names on
Rolls of Honour,
Scripted bold in golden splendour.
For principle, we made a stand...
Courageous people, splendid land."
17th October 1980
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