Rhodesia - Intaf

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Dress Regulations and Uniforms

1895 - 1929.  Matabeleland Native Police.


No headdress.


Blue shirt with pleated pockets and brass buttons featuring the letters MNP.


Brown leather belt with brass snake clasp.


No footwear.


Issued with Martini Henry rifles and a brown leather bandolier to carry ammunition.

1929 - 1962.  Native Department.


Khaki fez with red tassle.


Khaki slouch hat with red puggaree. A brass metal badge consisting of the letters ND was worn on both headgear.


Khaki jacket with two pleated breast pockets with pointed flaps and red pointed cuffs.  Brass ND shoulder titles (same badge as worn on headgear) were worn on the tunic epaulettes.  The tunic and pockets were fastened by brass buttons with the letters ND on them.


Khaki shorts.


Brown leather belt with brass snake clasp.


Khaki stockings and brown shoes were worn on some occasions.  The earlier uniform was worn without footwear.


November 1962 - 1970s Internal Affairs



Khaki slouch hat with red puggaree. An anodised metal Rhodesian Coat of Arms badge was worn on the slouch hat.


Khaki jacket with two pleated breast pockets with pointed flaps and red pointed cuffs.  Anodised metal RG shoulder titles were worn on the tunic epaulettes.  The tunic and pockets were fastened by anodised metal buttons with the Rhodesian Coat of Arms on them.


In October 1975 the buttons and badges were changed.  The hat badge consisted of an Olifant (bugle horn made from an elephant tusk) surmounted by the letters IA in black metal and the buttons were also in black metal and featured the new hat badge.


Khaki shirt with epaulettes and two pockets with fold down buttoned flaps.


Khaki V necked jersey.


Khaki shorts.


Khaki trench coat with epaulettes.


Brown leather belt with brass snake clasp.


Khaki stockings and brown shoes were worn.  Alternatively half length brown leather boots were worn in the field.


Military style rank insignia in red cloth with a black background was worn to denote rank.

Summary of Dress as at 1975


Dress No 1.


Slouch hat with red puggaree.  Left side upturned with IA badge on it.

Cherry red beret with black sweatband and with IA badge on it.


Khaki short sleeved shirt with epaulettes and two pockets with buttoned down flaps.


Khaki terylene trousers with belt loops to accommodate a stable belt.


Khaki socks and brown shoes.  Veldtschoens were sometimes worn with this uniform.





Dress No 2.


As for Dress No 1 except for the following:


The trousers are replaced by khaki shorts with belt loops to accommodate a stable belt or web belt.


Khaki stockings with red hose tops.


Fawn grey coloured feldtschoens.



Dress No 3.


Khaki jungle hat with red sweat band.  Cloth embroidered badge in black IA and Olifant on red square backing.


Khaki shirt.


Khaki denim jacket with epaulettes, four buttoned down pleated pockets.


Khaki denim combat trousers with belt loops, two buttoned down pleated side pockets to accommodate maps etc worn tucked into brown leather combat boots.


Khaki or grey socks.


Brown leather combat boots with two ankle straps.


Admin Reinforcement Units


The ARUs were considered the elite of Intaf and as their title implies, they had a specific and difficult role to fulfil.  The units were considered a combat arm and were issued with appropriate uniforms.  These included the following -


Field Dress.  This was exactly the same as for the army and consisted of camouflage uniforms and combat webbing.  The ARUs were also issued with load carrying vests.


Camouflage cap

Camouflage shirts

Camouflage combat jacket

Camouflage trousers

Brown leather combat boots with ankle straps

Standard pattern army webbing consisting of a webbing belt, two water bottles, 2 kidney pouches, a yoke, and four magazine pouches.


Barrack dress consisted of the same camouflage uniform with a slouch hat or cherry red beret and a stable belt.

 

WO1 dressed in khaki terylene uniform taken at Chikurubi Training Depot

 

Field dress worn by a WO2 on the staff of Chikurubi Training Depot.  Note the Depot flash on the shirt sleeve.

Field dress (camouflage) worn by a WO2 from the ARUs.  Note ARU patch on left sleeve.  Photo taken at Chikurubi Training Depot

Intaf slouch hat

Intaf beret

Intaf beret.  Badge worn by ADCs and SVOs.  Inner removed

Denim jacket to a Cadet Grade 1

Denim combat trousers

Khaki drill shirt to a Senior District Officer, B Troop ARU

 

 

Khaki drill combat jacket.  This combat jacket is exactly the same pattern as the camouflage combat jacket.

Intaf issue jersey

 

Intaf issue PT shorts

Intaf stockings

Camouflage shirt with B Troop ARU patch

Combat jacket

Camouflage trousers

Intaf stable belt

Early pattern leather belt worn by Native Messengers and DAs

Leather belt worn in the 1950s - onwards

Pigskin boots

Hockey boots (for PT but worn in the field as well)

 

Clandestine boots worn in the field

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