• Short Summary

    SIR ROY WELENSKY, PRIME MINISTER OF THE RHODESIA FEDERATION, FLEW IN ONE OF THE NEW RHODESIAN AIR FORCE HELICOPTERS FROM SALISBURY TO NEARBY NEW SARUM, MAY 2, TO REVIEW THE FINAL PASSING-OUT PARADE OF THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE ???

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    SIR ROY WELENSKY, PRIME MINISTER OF THE RHODESIA FEDERATION, FLEW IN ONE OF THE NEW RHODESIAN AIR FORCE HELICOPTERS FROM SALISBURY TO NEARBY NEW SARUM, MAY 2, TO REVIEW THE FINAL PASSING-OUT PARADE OF THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE ??? AT THE ROYAL RHODESIAN AIR FORCE PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHOOL.

    AFTER A FLY-PAST OF DAKOTAS, SIR ROY PRESENTED THE MEN ??? THEIR "WINGS" - THE INSIGNIA PARATROOPERS RECEIVE UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR BASIC TRAINING - AND TOOK THE SALUTE AT A MARCH PAST.

    THE MEN WILL STILL HAVE TO LEARN THE TECHNIQUES OF LONG-RANGE PATROLLING, WHICH EMPHASIZES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE AND CONVENTIONAL AIRBORNE TROOPS. THEY MUST BE OPERATIONAL IN THE DESERT, MOUNTAINS AND LANE COUNTRY, FAMILIAR WITH SPECIALISED VEHICLES AND WELL VERSED IN INTELLIGENCE WORK.

    ADDRESSING THE PASSING-OUT PARADE, SIR ROY ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEXT DEFENCE BUDGET WOULD BE ABOUT 68 MILLION - GBP800,000 MORE THAN THE PRESENT ONE, DEFENCE WOULD BE A CONSIDERABLE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS, BUT IT WOULD BE FOOLISH TO BE UNEQUIPPED IN THE FACE OF THE THREATS THAT HAD DEVELOPED IN RECENT YEARS.

    AN IMPORTANT LESSON HAD TO BE LEARNT, ESPECIALLY FROM KENYA AND ANGOLA: THAT SMALL, WELL-TRAINED AND SELF-SUFFICIENT UNITS WITH CONSIDERABLE STRIKING FORCE HAD A MAJOR ROLE TO PLAY IN AFRICA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3F2WBWEY7HPK62HBUZG5E3Z0Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA3F2WBWEY7HPK62HBUZG5E3Z0Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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