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    Rhodesian track suit

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    Post by Philip Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:58 am

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    I was told it's Rhodesian. Any thoughts?
    thanks


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    Post by filupe Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:28 pm

    Looks good to me - I have mine with the manufacturer's tag indicating it was made by 'Sprinter'. AFAIK these were an unofficial, but fairly popular item.
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    Post by Philip Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:33 pm

    Ok, thanks! Smile


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    Post by Camo_fiend Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:44 pm

    Very nice!


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    Post by drmatz Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:02 pm

    hi philip,

    the pattern is the rhodesian, but is actually issued to Zimbabwe, i have the same uniform and has the stamp with the county origin on it. If i am not mistaken Zimbabwe was the former Rhodesia.


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    Post by drmatz Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:05 pm

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    Post by Philip Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the info Danilo! Smile


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    Post by nkomo Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:10 pm

    drmatz wrote:hi philip,

    the pattern is the rhodesian, but is actually issued to Zimbabwe, i have the same uniform and has the stamp with the county origin on it. If i am not mistaken Zimbabwe was the former Rhodesia.


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    Post by filupe Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:11 pm

    This type of tracksuit was unequivocally used by the members of the Rhodesian armed forces as a private purchase item. These tracksuits were being advertised in the SOF Classified section in the mid-1980's - at that time the Zimbabweans were using a vertical 'lizard' type camouflage in an effort to get away from the 'brush' camo of their former foe. They did not go back to the 'Rhodesian' brush camo until sometime in the 1990's (a picture in 'Soldier' magazine of a British BMAT Team in Zimbabwe confirms this.)

    The existence of the 'Made in Zimbabwe' stamp on the item can be explained by US Custom requirements that all garments must have a country of origin label. I believe the 'Sprinter' tracksuit was manufactured while the country was still Rhodesia but exported out under the new regime (and name change).

    Whether or not the new Zimbabwean Army utilises the tracksuit, perhaps (and Philip's may well be one of these 'modern' incarnations), but the thrust of *this* post is to point out that Rhodesians *did* use this tracksuit during the bush war.
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    Post by drmatz Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:12 am

    Hi Filupe,

    Thanks for sharing the information, that's pretty good point. The track suit i have does have same style as those 80's track suits (i remember them from my school days Smile

    I was under the impression they were issued to zimbabwe troops, good to learn the real origin of them.

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    Post by ngenyama Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:36 am

    Howzit guys...

    I have been trying to track on of these tracksuits down for years...
    can anyone help me with a link or something....even if it's a replica of the original it's fine...

    Thanks
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    Post by zvez Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:08 pm

    The tracksuits were legit and used during the war but were private purchase, If I recall, either the Elite or Elite pictorial shows Colin Wills wearing the jacket. Although I'd have sworn the ones I recall had a full zip front jacket

    Could theoretically have been carried on in production into the 80s at least, as at that time you could even buy the fireforce vests from Fereday and Sons on Manica Rd. saw em with me own eyes.

    And here's a really great thread on rhodesian kit: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=323291
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    Post by zvez Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:08 pm

    see post 7 in this thread, this is the tracksuit as I recall.

    https://iacmc.forumotion.com/t100-rhodesian-militaria-some-items#44327
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    Post by ripcord Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:13 pm

    This is a Sprint labeled product that has the Made in Zimbabwe stamp as well.

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