BSAP Support Unit, Rhodesia - 1978 (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 Support Unit, know as black boots due to their footwear, was a police field force. It supported the police in problematic rural areas and also in urban areas if needed. The Support Unit mainly patrolled Tribal Trust Lands (TTLs) and was organized in troops that were completely independent in terms of logistics and equipment.
For making this impression a Rhodesian camouflage uniform was used, the cap, shirt and trousers are reproductions.
As footwear a pair of French double buckle boots is used since these are similar to the black double buckle boots used by the Support Unit.
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carried is an SLR L1A1, to be more correct the weapon should have wood furniture for a 60's impression and should have been replaced by an FN FAL or South African R1 for later years.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 reproduction combat trousers
- French double buckle leather 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)