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Salute in Song to the Rhodesian Forces & the Fallen

by John Edmond

"A SALUTE IN SONG TO THE RHODESIAN MILITARY FORCES" the title of this album says it all - covering all arms of the services that served Rhodesia and Britain from 1890 to 1980 .
Genre: Folk: Free-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Regiment Lives On
3:31 $0.99
2. In the Name of Grey
2:24 $0.99
3. Rhodesia Regiment
4:07 $0.99
4. The Streets of Delville Wood
4:20 $0.99
5. The Red Hatband and the Red Beret
4:49 $0.99
6. Green Leader
4:08 $0.99
7. Sweet Banana
3:39 $0.99
8. Who Dares Wins
4:17 $0.99
9. George
3:20 $0.99
10. Roger Was a Mine Dog
2:37 $0.99
11. The Incredibles
2:29 $0.99
12. Pamwe Chete
3:53 $0.99
13. Dad's Army
3:32 $0.99
14. Cammo Clad Angel
2:59 $0.99
15. Wheelchair Warrior
3:27 $0.99
16. Old Warrior
3:57 $0.99
17. Agisymban Trilogy
4:05 $0.99
18. Armistice Day
3:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
John Edmond the legendary singer, songwriter and performer that covers many various genre of music; pop, folk, rock and roll and documenting historical events in song and that's what this tribute Cd is about.
The Regiment Lives On: The British South Africa Company’s Police Force (BSAP) was raised in Kimberley in 1889. In 1890 as mounted infantry escorted the Pioneer column into Rhodesia in September of that year. Probably the most versatile police force in the world. From civil policing and traffic duties their branches included (PATU)- Police Anti-Terrorism Unit, ( SB) Special Branch, Support Unit, Police Reserve, Riot Police, Women’s Police, Boat troop (PRAW) Police Reserve Air Wing, Under water unit, SWAT teams, to mention a few – We salute you!
. In The Name Of Grey: On the 26th March 1896 the First Grey’s Scouts were born. 23 handpicked men were recruited by mining engineer George Grey as a mounted unit to protect remote farms during the Matabele uprising of that year -75 years later in 1974 a Mounted Infantry Unit was formed to combat terrorists. They were re-christened Grey’s Scouts - Viva the Grey’s!
. Rhodesia Regiment: Rhodesia Regiment came into being at the start of the Boer war in 1899. During WW 1, 1914 the first battalion was formed for service in German South West Africa and the Second Battalion was formed for action in German East Africa. During World War 2, 2 4000 of the Regiment was seconded to units of the British army and South African divisions in Italy and in the Western dessert. In 1947 the prefix “Royal” was conferred on the regiment by King George the 6th. Ten battalions served with distinction in the bush war.
. The Streets Of Delville Wood: During WW1 Rhodesian Soldiers were part of the 3rd battalion SA Infantry that served at Delville Wood as infantry men, engineers and medics. Out of the 49 Rhodesians that fought in this battle only 12 survived. This is a tribute to medics and Engineer’s.
. The Red Hatband And The Red Beret: This is not only a tribute to INTAF but to those who worked with them, particularly Guard Force. The Chaplains that performed amazing duties in the field are also mentioned in the song. INTAF originally known as Native Affairs was formed in 1894 to administer and attend to development and welfare of rural folk and forerunner of Guard Force was the Matabeleland Native Regiment also formed in 1894 for protection and security of villages. Personnel from both units latterly had full military training as well as schooling in African languages and customs. Members of all creeds, colours and genders patrolled on foot, bicycles, vehicles and light aircraft. One was shot down during the bush war. They also patrolled on horseback the success of which led to the re-formation of Grey’s Scouts.
. Green Leader: Although the Rhodesian Air force only became a regular defence unit on the 28th Nov. 1947, The Rhodesian Air force began in 1935. During WW2 it was absorbed into the Royal Air force with 2 fighter squadrons and 1 bomber squadron. It served in Cyprus. Aden and the Middle East in 1959 and served with distinction on the Congo border and in the Bush war.
. Sweet Banana: This is the Regimental song of the (RAR) Rhodesian African Rifles. Formed in 1940, gallantly served Britain in Burma 1944, Malaya 1951 and Egypt 1952. In the Bush war hundreds of these soldiers died in action. This is also tribute to their fore-runners the Rhodesian Native Regiment who served in WW1 in 1916. Two hundred of these men gave their lives in that conflict.
. Who Dares Wins: The motto of the (SAS) Special Air Service. The concept of this unit was the brainchild of David Stirling of the Long Range Dessert Group (LRGD) in WW2 in which many Rhodesian soldiers served. Their modus operandi was to go behind enemy lines and cause havoc. Squadrons of this regiment served in Malaya, The Falklands, and Afghanistan to mention a few places. Squadron C was formed to serve in Malaya in 1951 and was made up of Rhodesian volunteers. Reformed to serve a strategic role in the bush war – Their legacy lives on!
. George: This song is dedicated to the Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment first founded in 1941 and served in Abyssinia in WW2. Re-formed as the Selous Scouts in 1960 and served on the Congo border of that year and affiliated to the 9th and 12th Lancers of Great Britain, serving with them in Aden in 1962. The name was changed back to the Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment in 1972.
. Roger Was A Mine Dog: This song is for the Rhodesian Corps of Engineers who had a very varied role in the bush war from bridge building, road making and landmine removal. Her personal ranged across all colours and genders and included sniffer dogs. The story of Roger is based on fact.
The Incredibles: The name given to the Rhodesian Light Infantry by the Prime Minister of Rhodesia Mr Ian Douglas Smith in 1986.The Regiment was born on the 1st February 1961. In 1965 changed its role to become a commando unit and in 1976 trained as an airborne force , At one time it had the honour of having the most operationalmilitary parachute jumps in the world -
amazing success rate in the bush war also known as "The Saints"- Their Regimental march.
Pamwe Chete: Shona words meaning “together only” Motto of the Selous Scouts reconnaissance unit, named after the legendary hunter, tracker, soldier, Frederick Courtney Selous. Formed in 1973 /74 by Lt. Col Ron Daly – the legendary Rhodesian soldier – Never forgotten!
Dad’s Army: Lines in this song honour many arms of the security forces. “The old man who guards the city streets” Reserves. “the morning convoy before it pulls away:” – drivers and other divisions of the Rhodesian Services Corps. “seen the battles raging in the Second World War” – Rhodesian Artillery that served in WW 2 in Italy, Sicily, North Africa, Burma and the bush war. “The Lonely figure standing high upon the hill” – Guard Force.
Cammo Clad Angel: So many women served in the BSAP, The Rhodesian Women’s Service, Women’s Auxiliary, The Air Force, Grey’s Scouts ,Engineers and many other arms. They worked as radio operators, parachute packers, nurses, dog handlers and on horseback. To the fairer sex a toast and tribute.
Wheelchair Warrior: This is not only a salute to those disabled but is also a tribute to the medics and personnel that worked with injured service people at St Giles, Andrew Flemming hospital and Tsanga Lodge with healing and rehabilitation. Lines in the song also honour the Signallers “Signal to the ops room the Fire Force must go”.
Old warrior: This song sums up the warrior heritage of Rhodesians that served not only her original motherland but her own peoples. The song speaks of peace and reconciliation and the bloodlines of generations to come who hopefully will inherit the attributes of their forebears.
Agisymban Trilogy: The region we knew as Rhodesia has a history that goes back to pre-historic times. This song describes the events that took place from the time of the Bushmen to the present day – May the memory of her finest hours remain on wings of song.
Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 was the time when the First World War officially ended. It is a date revered by Rhodesians and by the free world to honour the fallen who gave their lives in that conflict. This date continues to be the day of remembrance for all conflicts.
We will remember them!!



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