Unit Structure

Organogram of Guard Force Unit Structure with Area HQs.                                                                                                                             

Changes  in  the  structure  of  FARM  PROTECTION  Units / HQs  begin  of  1979.

Area  HQ  A-3  MTOKO  and  Area  HQ  A-4  Marandellas  became independent structures during begin of 1979 and acted as Regional HQs, reporting direct to Guard Force HQ but remaining under the operational Control of their respective Sub-JOCs . Area HQ A-3 Mtoko became RHQ  “ F “ MTOKO  and Area HQ “ A-4 “ Marandellas became  RHQ  “ M “ MARANDELLAS .  AHQs A-3 and A-4 were controlled by the RHQ A in Bindura which was too far away and created problems iro Command and Control.

Information supplied by  A / Comdt  Mark  Axworthy, OC of RHQ “F” Mtoko.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



Farm Protection

 

Farm Protection was a new concept to me after PVs then Infantry. I guess this role was my most common and I did them in Kezi, Headlands, Gwanda, Somabula (Midlands), and Hartley/Gatooma.

 

Basically each KC (Sgt?) was allocated an area with perhaps some 40/50 farms. The KC was based at the local Police Station. They usually had an NCO and 4/5 Guards to act as a Reaction stick in place of the police. 

 

They performed this role principally but acted as support and discipline to the guards. 

2,3, or 4 Guards (seldom more) were placed on each farm and in theory 'protect' the homestead at night and travel with the farmer on his lands by day (on a sort of roster basis, but this was always a problem as we never had enough Guards).

 

Every day I would travel by Land Rover or Leopard to each farm in my district and inspect the guards, their weapons, their duty rosters etc. Talk about any concerns they had and generally act as 'father' to them (you know what it was like: father, mother, teacher, nurse, priest, doctor, counseller etc etc....).

The farmers were always very grateful for the Guards and their support. On no account were Guards permitted to do any farm work. If they did then we would remove them from the farm. Many times I was transferring guards from one farm to another. When we visited the farmers they always begged us to stay overnight but rarely did we do this.

 

On the odd occasion I would take a stick and go on patrol with PATU or set up ambushes or act as Stop Groups.

 

Of all the people in Rhodesia I had most respect for the farmers.....their existence must have been a continuous fearful one, waiting for attacks every night.

 

I enjoyed working with the police and I think they welcomed our presence, but sometimes the Member in Charge overstepped the mark.

Generally it was 10 times better than the PVs, but again the vulnerability of driving around the bush every day was a bit dangerous....especially when you did the 'pay-run'.

 

KC George Parker (UK Sept 2003)

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