The biggest weapon that an outnumbered force needs is intelligence. In a day and age that was devoid of UAV drones, sophisticated SIGINT and sizeable Recce capabilities, the Rhodesians were essentially playing a game of ‘Whack the Mole’. They needed an equalizer. A human bugging device. The Scouts began providing that in spades.
Small secure forts were set up in operational areas that were off limits to anyone without the proper clearance. If the Scout had a family, they would provide them with food and housing. Not only did this enhance the community Esprit De Corps but it kept a stranglehold on any operational leaks. In spite of all the procedures taken to seal things up, several Scouts were sent packing for loose lips and bravado in a pub. Reid-Daly tried to be familiar with all the men in his unit and their families.
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