The SAS, being undermanned for the amount of activity required to keep the enemy on their heels, approached Major Reid-Daly to borrow some men to use on external missions. Their skill at penetrating terrorist organizations and having black soldiers would be a tremendous asset to Externals. The Major saw this as his opportunity to advance the Scouts into a more useful position.

In characteristic fashion, Reid-Daly flatly turned the OC of the SAS down unless he could move his unit into the mission cycle and go beyond the borders of Rhodesia and do more than collect intelligence. Begrudgingly, the higher command decided it was time to use ALL of its resources to stop the enemy cold.

An initial trial was offered to the SAS. Two Selous Scouts would do a Recce for a SAS operation. Neither of the Scouts were heard from again. Reid-Daly was disgusted and decided that the only way that this would work is if the Selous Scouts planned and ran their own missions.

With the ZIPRA and FRELIMO forces moving south and operating with more impunity, the Scouts moved personnel further south. The terrain was inhospitable with few natural landmarks available for navigation. The plan to injure and disable FRELIMO involved destroying infrastructure. A major railway ran to the south and was used to transport troops and material into southern Mozambique. The Scouts set their eyes on infiltrating and owning that area.

The unit remained active throughout the whole country but a large part of the missions that the Scouts performed were in the southern most Provinces of Mozambique. It became known as Operatioal Area Repulse. A fort was created in Chiredzi for the men and their families. Again, the railway that ran through Rhodesia into Mozambique went through a border town named Malvernia, often called Fuck City by the soldiers became a focal point of battle.

Malvernia and the surrounding AO became known as the Russian Front. There were two reasons that it gained this moniker. The area was fortified by Russian Artillery and other weaponry as well as Russian and East German advisors. The other reason, a bit of comedy in the midst of war was that it was the least desirable area to operate in just as the Eastern Front in World War Two was tantamount to a death sentence. It was flat, dry and devoid of navigational aids. The railway was the most prominent reference point.

The buildup of the once friendly gateway to Mozambique and its vacation coastline had to be kept in check so that a full-fledged ground invasion of Rhodesia was less likely. The area also provided an opportunity for the highly skilled men to move into an offensive role of sabotage and direct action missions while the SAS was tied up elsewhere.

With the composition of the unit being a black majority, Reid-Daly and his staff began developing ideas of covertly entering the area disguised as FRELIMO troops and taking out High Value Targets. A twist of fate made this even more possible. The Unimog trucks that were provided to the enemy were almost identical to the ones the Rhodesians used. With a little paint job and stolen plates, truckloads of strike force personnel could be driven down main roads with little to no curiosity on the enemies part. The Flying Colums or Death Trains would become a hallmark of the unit’s history.