Rhodesian trooper - 70's (2)
Rhodesia declared its independence from the United Kingdom as its Unilateral Declaration of Independence was made in the 11th November 1965.
The country was not recognized by the United Nations and was subjected to sanctions and an embargo by the United Kingdom, at the same time ZANU and ZAPU had taken arms in 1964 and started the Bush War.
This impression was based on pictures of Rhodesian troopers using these items in the early 70's. Large quantities of SADF webbing was sent to Rhodesia as aid and also some
When Rhodesian camouflage items were introduced jackets and trousers were made first and the camouflage shirts were only made later. During hot weather the jackets were rarely used and the older green shirts were used with the camouflaged trousers for greater comfort, these were to be replaced by camouflage shirts later in the war.
The webbing kit used was assembled with South African P61 and P61-64 items and also a British P44 canteen, these models were all used in Rhodesian at the time.
A reproduction Rhodesian cap and an original Rhodesian long sleeved shirt were used as base elements for creating the distintly Rhodesian impression.
Portuguese Army canvas boots were used since some were used in the cross border raids since these were widely used by ZANU and FRELIMO fighters.
Original Rhodesian trousers were used in this impression, due to the lack of a proper Rhodesian green shirt a Canadian one of similar cut and style was used, the main difference is that the Rhodesian shirt had scalloped pockets at this time.
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carried is an SLR L1A1, to be more correct the weapon should have wood furniture for a 60's impression and should have been replaced by an FN FAL or South African R1 for later years.
- 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