Introduction - A Brief History of the Republic of Rhodesia

"FIREFORCE" - NOUN; A VARIANT OF THE MILITARY TACTIC OF VERTICAL ENVELOPMENT BY HELICOPTER-BOURNE AND PARACHUTE INFANTRY, DEVELOPED BY THE RHODESIAN SECURITY FORCES.

The Republic of Rhodesia had it's origins from November 11th, 1965, when they declared their independence from the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Ian Smith declared on that momentous day: "We have struck a blow for the preservation of justice, civilization and Christianity and in the spirit of this belief, we have assumed our sovereign independence." By March 1970, the Rhodesians had severed ties to the British crown entirely as a de facto republic. 

With all her citizens in mind, both black and white, they fought the scourge of communistic terrorism in a vicious Bush War. They did this while keeping age old tribal feuds at bay, maintaining the highest standard of living, and strongest economy in Africa. They built railways, roads, cities and civilization in a region of Africa that had been desolate since the collapse of the Great Zimbabwe in the 15th century. They did this all, in less than 100 years. 

The world scorned and sanctioned them as a pariah, but the story of their endurance and brotherhood lives on. 

Fireforce Ventures pays to all Rhodesians, past and present.

A special thanks to the Rhodesian Security Forces veterans who worked in conjunction with us to develop the history section of this website and our many Facebook page posts: F.M. (Rhodesia Air Force), M.P. (Rhodesia Army - RAR/RACR), J.N. (Rhodesian Army - RLI), H.B. (Rhodesian Army - RR), M.N. (Rhodesian Army - RLI), J.C.S (Rhodesian Army - RAR) and many many more! Pamwe Chete!