Rhodesia Africa Rhodesian African Rifles HQ Company 1981 patch
Material: Printed Cloth
Size: 80 x 75 mm
Scarce and original Rhodesian patch used for a very short time.
The RAR fought throughout what came to be known as the ‘Rhodesian Bush War’ until the Ceasefire of February 1980. In the course of this conflict, the regiment grew from one to three battalions, established a regimental training depot and expanded further to incorporate the Independent Companies of the Rhodesia Regiment. Every African Soldier was a volunteer
In February 1980 ZANU, the political party now led by Robert Mugabe, renamed ZANU (PF) for ‘Popular Front’, won the first universal franchise General Election and came to power, renaming the country Zimbabwe. Incorporated into the Zimbabwe National Army but retaining its regimental identity, the RAR fought one last decisive battle, at Entumbane near Bulawayo in 1981, when they totally defeated a major ZIPRA uprising. By April 1981, the name ‘RAR’, together with its insignia, had been replaced by the numerical nomenclature and Staff Corps badges of the Zimbabwe Army.