Rhodesia - Intaf

Callsign - Lighthouse

Headgear and Collar Insignia

The final badge worn by Intaf was designed by DC Alex Bundock who had been tasked by a panel of Provincial Commissioners and Deputy Secretaries at Intaf head office.  The official description was "an Oliphant or ancient warhorn, surmounted by the letters IA".  The Oliphant was made from an elephant tusk and preceeded the curved bugle horn of the 1700s, adopted by some foot and rifle regiments as their badge.  An illustration of this is the cap badge of the RLI.  This information was kindly provided by Alex Bundock.

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.

The examples below are in sequence of seniority from lowest to highest and from left to right.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mudzi Reaction Unit

 The DC at Mudzu created his own reaction unit to deal with the ongoing incidents that took place in his area of responsibility.  The title illustrated below was worn above the pocket on all shirts and jackets.

Other Odds and Ends

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!  This information was kindly supplied by Alex Bundock.

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