"Asesabi Lutho" - "We Fear Nothing"
The Rhodesian Armoured Corps originated as the Southern Rhodesian Reconnaissance Regiment during the Second World War. Serving in the East Africa and Italian campaigns, the Southern Rhodesian tankers served throughout the bulk of the war with the South African 6th Armoured Division. The unit saw particularly fierce fighting during the Italian campaign, while utilizing British supplied M4 Sherman tanks. The unit was re-established as the "Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment" in the post-war period, equipped with American T17E1 Staghound Armoured Cars which served the unit fairly well during peacetime training operations. The unit was ultimately stood down in 1956, but individual squadrons continued to operate with the aging Staghounds.
In the aftermath of the breakup of Rhodesian federation, and the Rhodesian Unilateral Declaration of Independence, the unit would be reformed for the Rhodesian Bush War. Forming up in it's final iteration in 1972, the "Black Devils" of the Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment operated a hodgepodge of vehicles. Among it's fleet, were the aging British-supplied Ferret Armoured Cars, the South African supplied Eland, and various indigenously manufactured vehicles. Most notably, the unit was able to secure Soviet T-55 tanks, which had been previously confiscated by South African authorities towards the latter half of the Bush War. The unit was disbanded at the conclusion of the Bush War, along with most of the other appendages of the former Rhodesian Security Forces, and succeeded by the Zimbabwe Armoured Corps.
We faithfully reproduced their Sable antelope crest onto Rhodesian Brushstroke as a tribute to a truly legendary unit.
Produced in the standard 2x3" size with hook velcro backing, identical in specification to milspec flag patches.
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