Rhodesia - Intaf

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Intaf Dress Regulations

 

1895 – 1929.  Matabeleland Native Police.

No headdress.

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

Brown leather belt with snake clasp.

Khaki shorts with red hem around each leg.

No footwear

 

The MNP were armed with Martini Henri rifles and ammunition was carried in a brown leather bandolier.

 

1929 - 1962.  (Native Department)

Khaki fez with red tassel

Badge Brass title ND

In the 1940s the khaki slouch hat with red puggaree was issued.  The brass ND title was also worn on it.

Khaki bush jacket with two pleated breast pockets with pointed flaps, red stand up collar and red pointed cuffs.  Brass ND shoulder titles were worn on the tunic.  Later the titles were made out of anodised aluminium.  The tunic was fastened with four brass buttons featuring the letters ND.

Brown leather belt with snake clasp.

Khaki shorts

No footwear.

 

Note.  During the days of the Federation the Federal Coat of Arms was worn as a badge.

 

November 1962.   (Change from Native department to Ministry of Internal Affairs).

Bush hat brown with red puggaree.  Left side upturned.

Badge Rhodesian Coat of Arms in anodised aluminium metal

Khaki bush jacket with two pleated breast pockets with pointed flaps, red stand up collar and red pointed cuffs.  Fastened with four buttons featuring the Rhodesian Coat of Arms.  (Note:-  In October 1975 the anodised buttons were replaced with black buttons featuring the oliphant surmounted by the letters IA.)

Khaki shirt with epaulettes and two buttoned down pleated pockets.

Khaki V Neck jersey with epaulettes

Khaki overcoat.

Brown leather belt with snake clasp.

Khaki shorts.

Khaki stockings.

Brow shoes.

Brown leather half boots.

Military style NCOs rank chevrons (red on black background) were adopted to indicate rank.

 

Summary of Dress as at 1975

 

Dress No 1

Bush hat brown with red puggaree.  Left side upturned.

Cherry Red beret with black sweatband.

Badge – Black metal badge featuring an oliphant surmounted by the letters IA on a red felt backing.

Khaki short sleeve shirt with epaulettes, pleated pockets with buttoned flaps.

Rank “slip on” and cloth embroidered shoulder titles on each arm - black embroidered letters “Internal Affairs” on red material.

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

Stable belt.  Made of canvas and was fastened by black leather straps and buckles that were positioned to the wearers left.  The colours of the stable belt were in three equal strips in scarlet, khaki and scarlet.

Khaki socks.

Brown shoes.

 

Dress No 2

As for Dress No 1, except the following:

Trousers replaced by khaki shorts with belt loops to accommodate a stable-belt or web belt.

Khaki stockings with red hose-tops.

Fawn grey coloured veldschoens.

 

Dress No 3

Khaki jungle hat with red sweat band.

Cloth embroidered badge black IA and oliphant 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 (maps etc).  Worn tucked into combat boots.

Green web belt

Khaki or grey socks.

Brown leather combat boots with ankle straps.


Dress ARUs

The Administration Re enforcement Units were considered the elite of Intaf and as their title implies, had a specific and difficult task to fulfil.  The ARUs were considered a combat arm and were issued with the following combinations of uniform:

 

Field Dress (Same as the army)

Camouflage cap

Camouflage shirts

Camouflage combat jacket

Camouflage trousers

Brown leather combat boots with ankle straps

Standard army webbing was issued consisting of a web belt, 2 x water bottles, 4 x FN / G3 magazine pouches, 2 x kidney pouches and a webbing yoke strap.  Eventually a green battle vest was issued as an alternative to the webbing.

 

Barracks Dress

Cherry red beret with black metal oliphant and IA badge.

Camouflage shirt.

Camouflage combat jacket.

Camouflage trousers.

Stable belt – scarlet – khaki – scarlet.

Brown leather combat boots with ankle straps

DC Hamish Peters in Dress Uniform
Dress Regulations Notice in the Government Gazette 1974
Dress Regulations Notice in the Government Gazette 1974

Matabeleland Native Police. Drawing by Alex Bundock

Native Department 1929 - 1962. Drawing by Alex Bundock

Office Dress 1962 onwards.  Sergeant.  Drawing by Alex Bundock
Field Dress.  1970s. District Assistant.  Drawing by Alex Bundock
Field Dress. 1970s. Vedette. Drawing by webmaster.
Field Dress.  1970s. Member of the ARU Troops. Drawing by webmaster.
Field Dress. Warrant Officer, Chikurubi Training Depot
Camouflage Field Dress worn by all ranks.
DC Geoff Higgs Chibi
in camouflage field dress
Barry Mulder Mt Darwin
Rob Piction IANS 2 in field dress

National Servicemen at Chikurubi. 
Chris Finn photo