Rhodesian African Rifles

The 1st Battalion, Rhodesian African Rifles (1RAR) was formed in Salisbury in 1940 and therefore constituted the oldest regular battalion in the Rhodesian Army. The unit was committed to the war right from the outset and continued to be in constant action until the end.

The unit was traditionally white officered but black officers were starting to be seen from 1979.

The were 3 battalions in total, as well a Independent Companies, and they operated all over the country.

Parachute training was introduced in 1978 and RAR were active participants in FireForce operations, (alongside the RLI) gaining a reputation for jumping from minimum heights.