Small Wars Journal

Securing and Holding Rural Territory

Fri, 08/12/2011 - 10:24am

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The aim of this paper is to outline the proven doctrine of concentrating a highly mobile, instantly deployable, powerful light strike force combining air and ground assets under a single command to kill or capture terrorists in COIN operations.  Used with outstanding success during the most intense phase of the Rhodesian Bush War (1972-1980), this doctrine was referred to as “Fire Force.”

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About the Author(s)

Steven Hatfill is a former member of the Selous Scouts / Special Branch.

Timothy Bax, is a decorated former officer in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, and was second-in-command of the Selous Scouts Reconnaissance Troop, Rhodesian Army. He was wounded in action on four occasions.  He is the author of Three Sips of Gin, a memoire of combat as a Selous Scout.


SWJ Groundskeeper

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 8:09am

POCIC, the Roll of Honour you cite confirms Timothy Bax, and explicitly states it is an incomplete and problematic record. We are in no more position to confirm everything Steven Hatfill has ever done than you are to personally refute anything he’s ever done. If only on the word of his confirmed insider co-author, we accept Steven Hatfill’s participation here under the bio he chooses to present and prefer to concentrate on the substance of the article.

We are an open forum playing by big boys' rules and are committed to allowing dissenting opinions. We will not delete your comment presenting your opinion and presentation of sources. But this is not the spot for a crusade or ad hominem attacks.