At Inkomo Barracks near Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Tuesday (21 August), 110 man out on their new uniforms, collected their weapons, and lined up on parade, some for first time.
GV Truck enters Inkomo barracks
GV Newsmen at barracks
SV,GV Troops move out in trucks
SV,CV Instructor teaching men
CU Grenade on ground TILT soldiers
SV & GV Soldiers cleaning & assembling weapons
CU Soldiers leading bullet belt (2 shots)
GV Soldiers firing on range (5 shots)
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Background: At Inkomo Barracks near Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Tuesday (21 August), 110 man out on their new uniforms, collected their weapons, and lined up on parade, some for first time.
They were the men of the Reinforcement Halding Unit, already nick-named "Dad's Army", the men who'd been called up by the Rhodesian Government to ease the burden an the country's security forces.
Most of the men are aged between 28 and 48. They are doctors, bricklayers, civil servants and farmers. But as recruits, most of them were old hands at the noble art of soldiering. 90 per cent had been in the forces when they were younger.
Hardly any of the men had handled the new weapons new being used by Rhodesia's armed forces. They will undergo a through training period - no crash courses will be allowed. On the first day, it was uniforms and new weapons, with just a little explanation of the equipment.
Rhodesia's Ministry of Defence hasn't said how the "Oldies Army" will be used. Officially, they're for 'reserve duties'.
SYNOPSIS: A new intake of recruits arrived at the Inkeme Army barracks near Salisbury on Tuesday to find a farce of newsman waiting to greet them.
But the soldiers were more or less special. They were members of the new "Dad's Army", a unit of older man called up to ease the heavy burden on the country's security forces
The men - all aged between twenty-eight and forty-eight - will undergo a thorough training programme, although the Rhodesian Government isn't saying how they'll be used.
Day One wasn't completely trouble-from. This flare grenade went wrong and set fire to the grass at the training camp.
Even though most of the man have at one stage been soldiers, many of the weapons used by today's Rhodesian forces are new to them, and they will undergo familiarisation training...including weapon cleaning, assembly, and naturally, simulated battle action.
The one-hundred-and-ten new man have became members of the Official Reinforcement Holding Unit. They were all called up for service, and they came from all walks of life. Some were civil servants, others drive bulldozers. One man was a doctor. Most said they were happy to be back in uniform...some said they wanted to stay. After an initial training programme, the man will be checked for fitness, and if all's well, they'll be divided into several small units.