African Wars reenactment and impressions

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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:14 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "White MPLA volunteer - 1976 (1)".

    What I used was:
    - Airsoft AMD 65;
    - African made bush knife;
    - Portuguese Army M64 combat webbing (trousers belt, later variant combat belt, early variant canteen and haversack);
    - Portuguese Army m/964 dress shirt;
    - Portuguese Army m/964 combat cap;
    - Portuguese Army m/985 combat trousers (posing for m/964)
    - Portuguese Army canvas boots.



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:36 am

    These are the items I used to do the impression "White FNLA mercenary - 1976 (1)".

    What I used was:
    - Portuguese Army m/964 work cap
    - Portuguese Army m/964 work jacket
    - Portuguese Army m/964 work trousers
    - Portuguese Army canvas boots
    - Portuguese Army M64 webbing consisting of canteen (early model), combat belt (later model) and two double magazine pouches (early model) and one M/943-44 large pack with a sling
    - FMP G3 battle rifle



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:41 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "Portuguese Army Special Operations NCO - Early 70's (1)".

    What I used was:
    - Portuguese Army lizard wool balaclava
    - Portuguese Army m/964 lizard combat jacket
    - Portuguese Army m/964 lizard combat trousers
    - Portuguese Air Force leather combat boots
    - Portuguese Army M64 webbing consisting of magazine pouches (early model), grenade pouch, canteen (early model) and combat belt (early model)
    - FMP G3 battle rifle



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:55 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "Rhodesian SAS trooper - 70's (1)". (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…)
    What I used was:
    - British Army khaki bush hat
    - British green net-scarf
    - Portuguese Army m/964 lizard combat shirt
    - British Army green PT shorts
    - British Army green socks
    - Portuguese Armed Forces canvas boots
    - South African P61 harness
    - South African P61 poncho carrier
    - South African P61 magazine pouch
    - South African P61 radio carrier
    - South African P61-64 combat belt
    - South African P61-64 water bottle and pouch
    - British Pattern 44 water bottle and pouch
    - SLR L1A1 rifle (replacing the FN FAL)



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:18 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "Rhodesian trooper - 70's (2)".

    What I used was:
    - Rhodesian reproduction cap
    - Canadian long sleeved green shirt
    - Rhodesian camouflage trousers
    - Portuguese Armed Forces canvas boots
    - South African P61 harness
    - South African P61 poncho carrier
    - South African P61 magazine pouch
    - South African P61 radio carrier
    - South African P61-64 combat belt
    - South African P61-64 water bottle and pouch
    - British Pattern 44 water bottle and pouch
    - SLR L1A1 rifle (replacing the FN FAL



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:09 pm

    UNITA mortar crewman (South African) - 1976 (1)

    When the Bicesse peace agreements between Portugal and its former enemies (FNLA, MPLA and UNITA) in Angola started to crumble the in-fight inside Angola started to become an open civil war.

    As time progressed and the date for independence was near the control for Luanda was becoming more important since the party that controlled the capital had more chances of being recognized as the legitimate government of Angola.

    FNLA and UNITA cooperated and managed to gain important foreign aid such as CIA support and South African and Zairian troops on the ground when they launched their offensives to take Luanda.

    While the FNLA progressed from the north to Luanda, UNITA was spreading in the center of the country.

    South Africa began giving support to UNITA with equipment, weapons and advisors to boost their military capacity in order to erradicate the SWAPO camps inside Angola and prevent cross border raids into South Weast Africa.

    This impression depicts a South African advisor serving as a mortar crewman with UNITA. These advisors were fundamental as specialists to manage the more sofisticated weapons being supplied to UNITA like mortars and recoiless rifles.

    The weapon carried is a G3 battle rifle and meant to be used for self defense, only a magazine pouch is carried in the belt and no water bottles since the other gear is carried in a truck.

    The uniform is a mix of South African and Portuguese items, the shirt and boots are Portuguese Army items that were obtained from the many Army stores left behind by the Portuguese Army. The trousers, hat, combat belt and magazine pouch are standar SADF items as supplied to UNITA.

    This impression was based on actual Associated Press footage from the early phase of the Angolan Civil War.

    Kit list:
    - South African nutria bush hat
    - Portuguese Army m/964 lizard combat shirt
    - South African nutria combat trousers
    - Portuguese Army canvas boots
    - South African P70 belt and magazine pouch
    - HK G3 battle rifle



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:03 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "UNITA mortar crewman (South African) - 1976 (1)".

    What I used was:
    - South African nutria bush hat
    - Portuguese Army m/964 lizard combat shirt
    - South African nutria combat trousers
    - Portuguese Army canvas boots
    - South African P70 belt and magazine pouch
    - HK G3 battle rifle



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Wed May 17, 2017 1:29 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "Portuguese Special Marine - Early 70's (2)".

    What I used was:
    - Portuguese marines wool balaclava
    - Portuguese marines wool gloves
    - Portuguese marines lizard combat uniform (Portuguese Navy model)
    - Portuguese marines landing boots
    - Portuguese poncho/half tent (same model as the Army m/961)
    - Portuguese ECN webbing set
    - Portuguese ECN trousers belt
    - FMP G3 battle rifle



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Thu May 18, 2017 2:34 pm

    South African Defense Force (winter uniform) - Late 70's (1)

    The South African Defense Force succeeded the former Union Defense Force in 1957 and was itself succeeded by the South African National Defense Force in 1994.

    The SADF had the dual mission of serving both as a counter insurgency force and also as a conventional military force able to defend South Africa's borders and retaliate foreign aggression.

    In the 60's and 70's the SADF cooperated with Portugal and Rhodesia during their struggle against insurgencies, mostly communist backed, which also threatened South Africa. After Portugal's revolution and the decision to relinquish it's colonies South Africa was faced with two potential enemies at its borders, Angola and Mozambique.

    The attacks on South Africa became more frequent as insurgents now had bases and military aid in Angola and Mozambique, a long counter insurgency war with conventional cross border interventions from time to time was know ahead.

    This impressions depicts a SADF soldier (Army) with winter uniform in the late 70's. For headgear an helmet is used and the combat jacket is used over the shirt. The uniform is know the nutria brown uniform with the cut adopted in the mid 70's, trousers with two leg cargo pockets (the earlier model had only one cargo pocket) and the combat jacket had straight chest pockets instead of the earlier slanted ones. In this case the boots are Portuguese and were polished brown due to the lack of South African boots.

    The webbing carried is the P70 model, the pack was ditched for combat but three water bottles are carried for extra water. The weapon is the R1, an FN FAL made in South Africa under license, in this particular case replaced by an SLR due to the lack of a more suitable reproduction.

    Kit list:
    - Portuguese Army M/964 steel helmet and British WW2 net (posing as South African Staaldak helmet, both helmets were variants of the French M51 helmet)
    - South African nutria combat jacket
    - South African nutria long sleeved shirt
    - South African nutria combat trousers
    - Portuguese Army boots (with brown polish to pose as South African ones)
    - South African P70 webbing set comprising belt, kidney pouches, three water bottles, yoke and cape carrier
    - South African toggle rope
    - British SLR L1A1 (posing as South African R1 battle rifle)



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Fri May 19, 2017 10:44 am

    These are the items I used to do the impression "South African Defense Force (winter uniform) - Late 70's (1)".

    What I used was:
    - Portuguese Army M/964 steel helmet and British WW2 net (posing as South African Staaldak helmet, both helmets were variants of the French M51 helmet)
    - South African nutria combat jacket
    - South African nutria long sleeved shirt
    - South African nutria combat trousers
    - Portuguese Army boots (with brown polish to pose as South African ones)
    - South African P70 webbing set comprising belt, kidney pouches, three water bottles, yoke and cape carrier
    - South African toggle rope
    - British SLR L1A1 (posing as South African R1 battle rifle)



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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Sat May 20, 2017 8:34 am

    BSAP Police Anti-Terrorist Unit, Rhodesia - 70's (1)

    The British South Africa Police was created in 1889 by the British South Africa Company and became to operate independently in 1896. It served as Rhodesia's police force until 1980 when it was replaced by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

    When the insurgency started in Rhodesia it was seen as an internal security problem and the responsibility for fighting it was put on the BSAP, for that purpose several special units were created like the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit, the Support Unit or the Civilian African Tracking Unit.

    The Police Anti-Terrorist Unit (P.A.T.U.) was formed in 1966 with the aim of conducting counter-insurgency operations. Each unit comprised five policemen who were released from their normal duties for two weeks and performed patrols and gathered intelligence.

    For making this impression a Rhodesian camouflage uniform was used, the cap and shirt are both reproductions, the shirt also sports a reproduction P.A.T.U. badge. The combat trousers are original Rhodesian made and issued.

    As footwear a pair of Portuguese canvas boots is used since these were pretty common in Africa at the time and some Rhodesian security forces members were pictured wearing it. In due time these will be replaced by the more common black canvas boots or brown leather boots.

    The webbing set was mostly assembled with both period South African items and modern reproductions, the South African items are similar to the large quantities sent to Rhodesia as aid by South Africa during the war.

    The weapon carried is an SLR L1A1, to be more correct the weapon should have wood furniture for a 60's impression and should have been replaced by an FN FAL or South African R1 for later years.

    - Kit list:
    - Rhodesian reproduction cap
    - Rhodesian reproduction long sleeved shirt
    - Rhodesian combat trousers
    - Portuguese Armed Forces canvas boots
    - South African P61 harness
    - Rhodesian P69 magazine pouch reproductions (single magazine)
    - South African P61-64 combat belt
    - South African P61-64 kidney pouches
    - South African P61-64 water bottle and pouch
    - British Pattern 44 water bottle and pouch
    - SLR L1A1 rifle (replacing the FN FAL)





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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by zvez on Sat May 20, 2017 8:44 pm

    great stuff.

    FYI, a lot of Rhodesian troops wore Vellies in the field, afrikaans Veldschoens, which was the shoe worn with the sand dress uniform but very popular in the bush, tan suede with a tan crepe sole.

    Also, the original Rhodesian bush cap, as years went by and raw materials were scarce, cz 78 they reduced the amount of fabric used in the cap, so crown was very much lower, and the top of the cap was a smaller diameter giving it almost a domed shape.

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    Re: African Wars reenactment and impressions

    Post by PedroPato on Sun May 21, 2017 3:38 pm

    These are the items I used to do the impression "BSAP Police Anti-Terrorist Unit, Rhodesia - 70's (1)"

    What I used was:
    - Rhodesian reproduction cap
    - Rhodesian reproduction long sleeved shirt
    - Rhodesian combat trousers
    - Portuguese Armed Forces canvas boots
    - South African P61 harness
    - Rhodesian P69 magazine pouch reproductions (single magazine)
    - South African P61-64 combat belt
    - South African P61-64 kidney pouches
    - South African P61-64 water bottle and pouch
    - British Pattern 44 water bottle and pouch
    - SLR L1A1 rifle (replacing the FN FAL)




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