by mcoleman762 Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:51 am
Ahh, if there is no provenance that this came from SWA, then I would definately lean toward this cap being from some other African nation. UNITA officers that did wear the French lizard pattern were equiped with genuine French uniforms, along with a few other quality foreign made copies of it.
Gilles is right, the fabric used to make your cap is odd, especially with the off-white reverse side of the fabric. Even the Chinese made export lizard pattern uniforms have green on the reverse side. There are so many different variations of the lizard pattern in use in Africa however, that this cap could be from anywhere. I suspect, due to the white reverse side, that this cap was made from some cheaper commercial fabric that could have been supplied to a rebel group, as they usually have limited funding. Hard to say though.
The Recce copy camo caps were pretty much only made in a Cuban style patrol cap, or in the SA flap cap style. This cap here is cut totally wrong to be a Recce piece. Plus, Recce copy fabric is green on the reverse side too.