Rhodesia - Intaf

Callsign - Lighthouse

Headgear and Collar Insignia

The first hat badge to be worn was the ND title.  It was worn on the khaki fez with red tassle and on the khaki slouch hat with red puggaree.  Exact dates of wear are not known exactly but there is photographic evidence of it being worn in the 1920s to 1940s.

This badge was worn during the Federation days.  There is some evidence that both this badge and the Southern Rhodesia badge were worn during this period.

This badge was worn on the slouch hat with red puggaree.  It was worn in the 1950s and also after the disolution of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

This badge was introduced in 1970 for wear on the slouch hat with red puggaree.
This was the last hat badge to be worn.  It was designed by DC Alex Bundock and introduced some time in 1975.  It was worn on the red beret and on the khaki slouch hat with red puggaree.

This smaller size badge was worn on the collar of some uniforms.  The oliphant only faced one way.

This badge was intended for wear by Assistant DCs on the red beret.  It was also used as the rank badge for Warrant Officers Class 2.
This badge was intended for wear by DCs and was also used as a rank badge for Warrant Officers Class 1

Other Intaf Insignia

Regular Intaf members were issued with rank titles in black on red and black on khaki which were worn above the right pocket of the shirt or jacket.  Members of the ARUs and the territorials continued to wear the slip on type of rank.  These were popular and some members of Intaf continued to wear them until the end of the war.

Khaki Rank Titles

Shoulder Titles

Shoulder titles were worn on most uniforms.  These are illustrated below starting from the fez and shoulder title of the Native Department worn in the 1940s and 1950s to when Intaf had a name change in 1979 to that of Home Affairs.
Brass title Native Department. Worn as a tile and as a Fez and slouch hat badge.
Anodised aluminium title introduced in the 1950s.
In the 1960s this title was worn on the shoulder (Rhodesian Government)
Introduced in the mid 1970s and worn on the sand coloured shirt and on first pattern combat jackets.

Replaced the red / black embrouidered title for wear on field dress where appropriate.

Introduced some time in 1979 when Intaf changed its name.
This title was introduced for wear in late 1977 on field dress on the right chest, in keeping with the similar pattern "Army" title worn by the army.

This title replaced the small title at left in 1979.

Buttons

Over the years a few different patterns of button were worn on Intaf uniforms.  The Matabeleland Native Police wore buttons which featured the letters MNP on them. 

The Native Department wore brass buttons with the letters ND on them.  During the 1960s a brass and an anodised aluminium button was worn which featured the Rhodesian Coat of Arms.  In the mid 1970s the final pattern button was worn.  It was in black and featured the cap badge.

Native Department button. Made by Firmin and Co London.  This one is 19mm in diameter.
Early pattern button made in bone. Probably worn in the very early 1900s. Unknown maker 22,5mm in diameter.
Early pattern button made in brass. Probably worn in the very early 1900s. Unknown maker 22,5mm in diameter.
Rhodesia coat of arms button made in anodised aluminium by Gaunt London. 19mm diameter. Worn in the 1960s
Rhodesia coat of arms button made by Tool and Mould SBY.  22,5mm diameter.  Worn in the early 1970s.
Last pattern button made by Reuteler SBY. 19mm diameter.  Worn in the late 1970s.  This button was made in two sizes.  The smaller version was worn on the epaulettes and pockets of tunics.