The Saints, a history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Here's the tribute by Ian Smith. I hope you ingrates realize I typed all this crap out by hand.
"Many years ago, before we declared UDI, Ron Reid-Daly invited me to the Sergeants' Mess at Cranborne. It was a difficult time for me as I weighed up our options in the face of British intransigence and I had to consider the positions of personnel in both the civilian and military leadership, some of whom were divided in their loyalties. In the course of a few beers in the company of those good men I knew we could take on the world. I left with my spirits high. I was not wrong. The conventional wisdom was we would capitulate within weeks but we shocked the world. There is no record in recent history of a country so small defying such adversity with means so meagre. From the beginning of hostilities to the end the panache and fighting spirit of the Rhodesians was epitomized by the officers and men of the RLI who fought throughout with courage, fortitude and reckless disregard for their own welfare.
History will also show that the battle for Rhodesia was not a war against a "liberation army" but against terrorists who threatened a bastion of Christian civilization in a lonely African outpost. Because our erstwhile allies in the West believed the communist propaganda that this was a racial conflict, they were happy to sanction the onslaught and watch us fight alone.
Today the terror scourge is a problem that transfixes the same powers that have looked on with forlorn indifference as Robert Mugabe has ravaged our country. They now are forced to confront the same evil in a different guise and they are heavily exercised by the challenge. For some of the answers to the problems that lie ahead they need only look at the history of the RLI. There they will find many of the solutions they seek but they will also discover to their chagrin that they have an extraordinarily difficult act to follow.
May God bless the men who served with this excellent regiment that filled Rhodesians with pride, and keep safe those who died in the defence of our
Ian Douglas Smith