The hallmark of the Selous Scouts was Psuedo-Terrorist Operations. The intent was to infiltrate the enemy without them knowing it. That sounds very simplistic but it was a vital strategic prong in Rhodesia’s War on Terror. The RLI, Rhodesian African Rifles and Independent companies of the Rhodesian Regiment were available to meet the enemy on open fields of battle. The SAS took the fight out of Rhodesia and into surrounding countries on External Operations that hit the Terrs where they based up and launched their forces into Rhodesia, shutting them down before they could cross the border.
The Selous Scouts essentially fought the war in a manner that engaged the enemy either from the rear or spontaneously erupted in the midst of the rank and file on both sides of the border. The enemy termed them ‘Skuz’apo’. This roughly translated means ‘Excuse me while I put the knife in your back’. These are the words you would hear from a criminal holding your wallet after he had robbed or harmed you. Such was the psychological impact that the Scouts had on the Terrorists mindset. They were never sure if the group who wandered into a kraal were comrades or a Selous Scout who intended to take their life. It was a new level of Psychological Warfare.
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