Operation Dingo: Rhodesian raids on New Farm and Tembue

Know Your Guerilla Warfare/Small Unit Tactics History.

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Operation Dingo is an excellent example of a small but determined force using ingenuity, aggression and surprise to overwhelm a far larger enemy force.

In November of 1976 the Rhodesian security forces were fighting an uphill battle trying to keep their country safe from Marxist terrorists infiltrating their country. The Rhodesians were vastly outnumbered but determined, with their backs against the wall as they protected their country and families from international Marxism.

The Rhodesians had learned the location of two large enemy training camps (New Town, also called Chimoio, and Tembue) across the border in Mozambique. These camps had to be eliminated to relieve pressure on the security forces trying to protect the country. With world political leaders working against them in any way they could, including the UK and United States (it’s shameful how the US government publicly turned their backs, and privately encouraged, what was happening there), and…

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Excellent examples of fire and maneuver

Outstanding SUT (Small Unit Tactics) study here.

Brush Up and Prepare Accordingly.
The Days are Short.

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Violence of Action. Making fast decisions, getting off the X quickly, and fixing and flanking their enemy were all critical to the success of these men. Violence of action is the difference between life and death in a fight. The following two videos are excellent depictions of fire and maneuver, a topic among many we will be covering in the Fieldcraft Course.

This first video is squad size fire and maneuver done correctly. Note how Lt. Winters deploys his men into two groups, one as a base of fire, and one as a flanking element. That is text book stuff there. But also note as the assault develops these elements begin firing and maneuvering on their own as well, using their own individual initiative to assault the enemy when they felt it was the right time. They didn’t pause and wait for orders, just kept up the momentum and pressed…

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Marine Rifle Squad

The Fieldcraft Book

Good Stuff.
Download to flash drive.

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A friend of mine recently sent this to me and I think it’s a great resource for current Fieldcraft ideas. It appears to have been compiled very recently by Marines stationed down in my old stomping ground’s at the Deuce Nasty, or Twentynine Palms.

I’m glad there’s still people dedicated to writing down the lessons learned by so many in the field. Sadly so much information like this disappears after time if it isn’t written down.

I especially love the quote on the back cover: “The more you know, the less you carry.”

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