Grey's Scouts
Grey's Scouts, raised in July 1975, were a Rhodesian mounted infantry unit named for George Grey, a soldier in the Second Matabele War. Based in Salisbury, they were the last unit to reintroduce cavalry to twentieth century warfare. Trained as mounted infantry rather than cavalry, they were prepared for engagements on foot rather than on horseback. Used for tracking, reconnaissance, pursuit, but most prominently, patrol, they were able to cover areas greater than 65km (40 miles) on normal days. Their routes often took them through active minefields, which they were to inspect. In addition to this, the small stature and manoeuvrability of the crossbreeds they rode on was of great benefit in the construction of border defences; the Scouts could transport materials and supplies over terrains impassable to vehicles. The horses themselves were mostly given in charity by sympathisers of the Rhodesian effort from South Africa and elsewhere. These gifts were not always successful; the Natal Witness reported December 4 1979 that when white horses were donated, they then had to be died - white horses were not quite the thing for a bush war . Unfortunately, one went primrose yellow, one purple, and 3 bright orange. 

Disbanded in November 1980, the unit then became a regiment of the Special Forces of Zimbabwe.

 

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