The 5th and 6th (Reserve) Battalions, Royal Rhodesia Regiment, were mobilised at Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Oct. 28.
The 5th and 6th (Reserve) Battalions, Royal Rhodesia Regiment, were mobilised at Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Oct. 28. They were to take over duties in the African townships of Southern Rhodesia's main centres from Nov. 1. They take the place of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, which will be stood down.
The reserve troops signed on at King George VI Barracks, Salisbury. Some arrived in uniform - others in civilian clothes. From there, they went by lorry to Brady Barracks and Inkomo Camp for three days' intensive training. The reservists will take over posts recently established as a deterrent to the hooligan element in African townships, said the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Here at Inkomo Camp, 30 miles from Salisbury, the troops received clothing and rations. They were then addressed by the Area Commander.
A spokesman for Army Headquarters, Mashonaland Area, said it was hoped that the 5th and 6th Battalions would be demobilised on Nov. 3 - "depending on the situation."