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Early Rhodesian Bush War Uniforms 1965 – 1969 johnwynnehopkins

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this is the first pattern of camouflage smock issued to the Rhodesian Police(British South Africa Police) and The Combat Tracker  Unit.

a lightweight cotton jacket with 2 pockets at waist. Slightly longer than the later issue jacket.

 

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early type of trousers, denim material, cut down into shorts overlayed on a later cotton shirt.

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this earlier pattern of trousers has just 1 map pocket on the right side, 1 rear pocket and no reinforcement to seat area. 
there are internal slash pockets on each side and a pocket for the field dressing at the front.

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Great pieces.  Rich A. in Pa.


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Nice thanks for posting
I have never seen a lower pocket garment before !
Owen


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You might see a photo of these around the net. There is a photo of John Lovat warring one in the author bio picture in Contact (1)

It may have been made for Allen Savory’s Tracker Combat Unit, a group of territorial soldiers trained in tracking down terroirists after incidents or sightings. The TCU was a top rate unit  operated silently 4 men per det 1 tracking, 2 flank guards and 1 controller. Everyone had to wear shorts and food and survival gear carried in 2 bandoliers, ( hence no top pockets). 7.62 FNFAL and a couple of ammo pouches on a belt a water was carried but it could only be full or dead empty. The photo at the start of this tread is of a tracking team controller as he’s got a radio. These teams could be out for weeks on a follow up. 

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