African and European troops of the Rhodesian Parachute Evaluation Detachment, took part in a mock air attack on Lilongwe, Nyasaland, Apr 22.
LV. Brigadier Anderson and Colonel Lewis discuss operation.
SV. The Brigadier and Mr. Sharp, Provincial Commissioner (Central Province) walk away.
ANGLE SHOT.Plane flies over, parachutes appear,
LV. Another parachute.
SV. Parachutist on ground.
CU. Folding up parachute.
SV. Troops in battledress.
SV. Troops gather around for instruction.
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Background: African and European troops of the Rhodesian Parachute Evaluation Detachment, took part in a mock air attack on Lilongwe, Nyasaland, Apr 22. The attack was launched against "insurgents" who held the sirstrip outside the town. Personnel from the 2nd, Battn. King's African Rifles, provided the 'rebel' force.
When the parachutists gained control of the airstrip, a company of the Royal Rhodesia Regiment - Territorials - were flown in from Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, for exercise "Treble Chance". The exercise will continue until Apr 30, involving more than 800 men.
It is the first time the Rhodesian defence forces have carried out an operation of this size. The rough country dotted with anthills and rocks, gave some of the parachutists a hard landing.
Col. T.P. Lewis, Officer in charge of operations and training, said there was no operational significance in the exercise. Chief of Staff, Brigadier J. Anderson, was on hand to see how his troops managed the operation.