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    Post by Ferdie on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:37 pm

    HI everybody, Can any one confirm if the Parabats really had a giraffeskin camo uniform in the middle to late 1970's. According to the rumours I've heard it was only experimental and only made in small quantities. Someone suggested some troops also wore it at Cassinga in 1978. Can anyone confirm this and perhaps send a photo?
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    Post by mcoleman762 on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:54 pm

    Hi Ferdie,

    Yes, the uniform did exist, and was a prototype/trials item only. Needless to say, it is extremely rare. I've seen quite a few photos of the Parabats at Cassinga, and all of them are wearing nutria uniforms, so I'm skeptical that it saw use there. It's my understanding that this uniform was only trialed by the Pathfinders, so that would put it's use around 1980-82 or so.

    I see you are also a member of ICUS. You should check out Didier Bousquet's post on this uniform to see some detailed photos of the exquisite set that he has in his collection.

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    Post by Ferdie on Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:31 pm

    Thanks Mike, will checkit!
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    Post by drmatz on Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:32 pm

    Hi Mike, Ferdie,

    I took the images from Didier just to simplify and show to other fellow members.

    This is an extremely beautiful and rare uniform.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:38 pm

    Normally I would not part with huge money for really rare SA stuff just because I'd rather concentrate my limited resources elsewhere. HOwever, I definitely think I could make an exception for this if one ever came under my nose Smile

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    Post by Ferdie on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:47 pm

    oh me too definitely! Anybody wants to part with theirs????
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    Post by Militaryman on Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:50 am

    I'm drooling........
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    Post by Gemini on Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:36 pm

    What country wore these?
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    Post by mcoleman762 on Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:06 pm

    This was a trial pattern developed for South African paras. It saw very limited trial use with the Pathfinders in the early 80's.

    Super rare would be an understatement. This set is the only known example I've ever even heard of. If there are more than a handful of items stil extant in this pattern, I'd be shocked.

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    Post by Gemini on Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:12 pm

    ugh..I just relized how stupid a question that was. Embarassed
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    Post by kammo-man on Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:07 pm

    That Dennison smock is stunning .

    Dang the whole thing is stunning .

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    Post by bousquet123 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:38 am

    to complete rge discussion, this is the only ground photo of the giraffe camo worn by a Pathfinder less than 80 only tested

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    Photos and information were given to me by Yves DEBAY ex French Belgian RAR, 32nd Bat and Pathfinder, the shirt I had was swopped with Jeff FANNELL (SWATSHOP)

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    Post by filupe on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:26 am

    bousquet123 wrote:this is the only ground photo of the giraffe camo worn by a Pathfinder

    ... not any more!

    Picture taken from 30 degrees South Publisher's website showing Pathfinder Company CSM Peter McAleese wearing 'Giraffe' camo Slangvel:

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    Post by bousquet123 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:18 am

    Hi Filupe, I had never seent this photo before, GREAT
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    Post by bousquet123 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:39 am

    another pics (Peter Mc Aleese) of the used of the giraffe camo (thanks to 30 ° South Editions)

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    Post by loski on Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:45 pm

    I think those photos come from Peter Mc Aleeses book No Mean Soldier
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    Post by zvez on Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:43 am

    No Mean Soldier is an incredible book. Mcaleese has seen some incredible things, Brit Army, Rhodesian Army, merc. in Angola, SA Army...........

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