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Nicknamed 'The Saints' or 'The Incredibles', The 1st Battalion The Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) was formed on 1 February 1961, and in its short 19-year existence, this commando airborne unit carved for itself a reputation as one of the world's foremost proponents of counter-insurgency warfare, through internal 'Fireforce' operations and daring pre-emptive strikes against the overwhelming tide of the communist-backed guerrillas of Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo based in Mozambique and Zambia. For these reasons, Charles D. Melson of the USMC has described the RLI as "The Killing Machine".

The Rhodesian "bush war" reached its bloody climax in 1980 and the country became Zimbabwe. The men of the RLI had won all their battles, but had lost the war ... and their country ... and the weary veterans drifted away. An 'international' regiment in the true sense, with foreign volunteers from North America, UK, Europe, Australasia and South Africa, RLI veterans can today, through the newly formed RLI Regimental Association, stand up with pride and say "I served in the RLI."


FULL membership is reserved for persons who served honourably with The Rhodesian Light Infantry for a period of no less than six (6) months.

Unless If service with The Rhodesian Light Infantry was less than six (6) months, a person may still apply for FULL membership provided an acceptable explanation is provided for premature service termination.

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