• Short Summary

    African and European troops of the Rhodesian Parachute Evaluation Detachment, took part in a mock air attack on Lilongwe, Nyasaland, Apr 22.

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    African and European troops of the Rhodesian Parachute Evaluation Detachment, took part in a mock air attack on Lilongwe, Nyasaland, Apr 22. The attack was launched against "insurgents" who held the sirstrip outside the town. Personnel from the 2nd, Battn. King's African Rifles, provided the 'rebel' force.

    When the parachutists gained control of the airstrip, a company of the Royal Rhodesia Regiment - Territorials - were flown in from Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, for exercise "Treble Chance". The exercise will continue until Apr 30, involving more than 800 men.

    It is the first time the Rhodesian defence forces have carried out an operation of this size. The rough country dotted with anthills and rocks, gave some of the parachutists a hard landing.

    Col. T.P. Lewis, Officer in charge of operations and training, said there was no operational significance in the exercise. Chief of Staff, Brigadier J. Anderson, was on hand to see how his troops managed the operation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABITA8QIKD8245W6K5I4IR5LVG
    Media URN:
    VLVABITA8QIKD8245W6K5I4IR5LVG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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