Rhodesia - Intaf

Callsign - Lighthouse

This section is intended to illustrate various items of uniform that was issued for wear over the years.  The distinctive red beret is well known.  This is what DC Alex Bundock had to say about it. 

"The decision to put most members of Intaf into uniform (and especially for the purposes of doing National Service) was contested by the army but in the end their objections were overturned.  The same applied to the decision to include a red beret as part of the uniform as there was an opinion that the red beret was the exclusive right of the Parachute Regiment.  PC Bob Woollacott, who had served in the Parachute Regiment, pointed out that the Para beret was in fact a maroon one!  Thus the red beret came into being.  As the war progressed Intaf  and its "virtual soldiers" had earned the respect of the rest of the armed forces to the extent that the RLI gave the nickname of "the Lollypops" to Intaf members referring to their ability and the wearing of the red beret! "
Slouch hat.  Originally issued in the 1920s - 1930s and worn until the end of the bush war.
Red beret.
Introduced for wear in the mid 1970s.  See comments above.
Red beret with black cloth liner removed.  The badge with half wreath was intended to be worn by Assistant Distrct Commissioners but was also sometimes worn by District Officers.

First issue field dress jacket made in a khaki denhim material.  This jacket has had black buttons added for smart wear.  This jacket was worn with the trousers at right.  The rank badhes on the epaulettes indicate that the wearer is a Regular Cadet Grade 1.
Combat jacket.  This jacket replaced the denhim type jacket.  It was made to the exact same pattern as the camouflage combat jacket with elbow reinforcements.  This was a popular item of uniform.  This jacket has the second pattern rank insignia of a Senior District Officer on the epaulettes.
First issue field dress trousers made in khaki denhim material.
Jersey.  This pattern jersey was first issued in the 1950s and continued to be issued to all ranks from then to the end of the bush war.
Teryline shirt.  This shirt replaced the khaki drill shirt and was worn by all ranks.  This example has the badge of B Troop ARU on the left sleeve and is badged tto a Senior District Officer.  The shouder titles were worn by all ranks.  The medal ribbon is for the General Service Medal.  See the section on medals for more details.
PT shorts.  All ranks were issued with PT shorts which were worn for this purpose at Chikurubi Training Depot.  They were popular and were also worn in the field.
Stockings with red hose tops.  These stockings were worn with khaki shorts.  The tradition of coloured hose tops is in keeping with the same tradition of other units of the security forces.  For example the BSAP wore dark blue  instead of red.
Leather belt with "S" clasp buckle.  This is an early example of this pattern belt which was introduced some time in the early 1900s.  It was worn with khaki shorts and shirt.
Leather belt with "S" clasp buckle.  this is the later pattern belt introduced some time in the 1950s and was worn until the end of the bush war.  It is made from thicker leather.
Camouflage shirt.  This was the standard pattern for all of the sucurity forces. This example has the badge of B Troop ARU on the left sleeve.
Standard pattern camouflage shirt.  This one is made by "Statesman" according to the label.  There were several different manufacturers.  The shirt was issued with long sleeves as per this unworn example.  Most Intaf members tended to get the sleeves cut off as per previous example.
Standard pattern camouflage combat trousers. This pair has added elastic in the bottoms of the leg to gather them in at the boot.

Standard pattern camouflage cap.  There are slight variations of this cap that include three grommets on the sides to allow air to enter.  The BSAP issued a version that had elastic  and a strip of looped cloth on the front.

Standard pattern camouflage combat jacket with padded elbows.  Front view.  This was a very popular garment.  There is evidence that some members of Intaf obtained this pattern jacket in the early bush war days and wore it with the khaki denhim uniform.
Rear view of the camouflaged combat jacket showing the zip pocket.
Inner view of the camouflage cap.
Combat boots, lightweight.

Combat boots known as "Clandestines" because of the smooth rubber soles that made less of an imprint.

Super Pro tackies.  These were issued for physical training but were extremely popular and were worn in the field.