South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

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    South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by ADMIN on Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:59 pm

    This is a set of South West African Police camo.

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

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    What sizes are the trousers and shirt?

    Post by germanmilitariauk on Mon May 30, 2011 2:11 pm

    Hi.

    What sizes are the trousers and shirt? Any info on the labels?

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by misanthropic_gods on Mon May 30, 2011 2:24 pm

    germanmilitariauk wrote:Hi.

    What sizes are the trousers and shirt? Any info on the labels?

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    hello Bernhard, we would appreciate if you posed an introduction in the intro section. Thanks a bunch, and welcome!
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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by vonstuck on Mon May 30, 2011 4:20 pm

    Not label on my set
    And it is size small
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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by vonstuck on Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:57 pm







    Compare with my other shirt



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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by mcoleman762 on Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:47 pm

    Hello Gilles,

    Your AIR marked shirt is a genuine issue item. They were made in both the SWAPOL camo pattern as well as the light olive green. The material has a more coarse weave to it, and is distinct when compared to the normal cotton and thin poly/cotton shirts. Also, as you've noticed, the camo patterns are not exactly the same. The AIR pattern has very muted colors, and the shapes are a bit different, especially the "dots" which are much larger.

    The rumor has always been that AIR stands for anti-infra red, however, I highly suspect that is not the case. SWAPO was not equiped with any sort of night vision equipment, and I've yet to hear of any evidence that FAPLA or Cuban forces had it either. Add to that, Koevoet didn't operate at night, as they would encamp and wait until first light to continue tracking with air support. Sure, they would attempt the occasional night ambush, but that was not a common tactic.

    In any event, the AIR marked items are more rare than the typical Thrustor Group made uniforms. So, that's a nice find. Very Happy

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by vonstuck on Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:08 pm

    Hello Mike
    Thank you for your answer
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    South West African Police Camouflage

    Post by ripcord on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:38 pm

    [ Spanish made commercial Koevoet camo
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    South West African Police Camouflage

    Post by ripcord on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:52 pm

    Commercial Spanish made Koevoet Camo

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by ripcord on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:54 pm


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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by Rhodesian Camo on Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:59 am

    Here's my AIR tagged set.  



    Shirt tag:  


    Pants tag:  


    Pants pocket:


    The stitching in the pants is not very good. There are many loose threads and threads between seams everywhere, as if whoever made it didn't bother to finish a seam before moving onto the next one.

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by Rhodesian Camo on Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:35 am

    Here's my jacket I received earlier this week from South Africa.



    It's pretty crude compared to the standard South African Police jacket.





    Interestingly, the bottom half of the front is made of a separate piece while the entire back side is one whole piece of cloth.

    Is this crudeness I'm seeing the result of difficulty in procurement? You'd think an elite unit would have no problem getting what it wants.

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by mrf2 on Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:38 am

    You have to remember that this is not Koevoet camouflage but rather SWA Police (SWAPOL) camouflage. Koevoet, as part of SWAPOL used it, but so did every other SWA Policeman. That was why Koevoet got their own distinctive green uniform in the later stages of the conflict. The unit's CO got tired of hearing reports that his constables were responsible for incidents the police caused and created the green uniform and banned wear of SWAPOL camo. As a police uniform most items are pretty well made but you've got some items that are very poorly made, like the late issue trousers that omitted any form of fastener for the cargo pockets or even pockets at all.

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    Re: South West African Police Camouflage (originally posted by nkomo)

    Post by Rhodesian Camo on Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:45 pm

    I got 2 shirts recently, a medium sized one from 1982:  




    and a small one from what I assume is later in the war.:



    The details like the seams are definitely nicer on the 1982 example, but there's still a major problem:  The button stitching for the left epaulette goes through the back fabric several times.  


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