Hi guys, was just looking at some of this old Rhodie stuff and what did I find at the bottom of your discussion. Me! I haven't seen that old SAS Doco in years. Let me go back to the beginning, the debate about who's SAS wings are on that shirt, they are Aussie, and judging by the wear and tear they're probably as old as the shirt. You guys were right in that the Rhodie SAS wings are on a distinct shape and puffed and are on a Twill OD Green backing. The Aussie wings are on a light coloured tan backing which suits the sandy coloured shirts worn here. At the time this shirt was being worn and the time line for those particular SAS wing it is most likely that they are Aussie wings. It however would not have been hard for one of the many Aussies who packed their bags and left from your shores to seek a life of adventure over in war torn Africa, and believe me we had stacks of Aussies serving with us.
This brings me next to the video clip documentary about the SAS in Australia. Following the very successful Brits "The Para's" it was decided to get the doco guru Guy Baskin to do a similar one covering the SAS. The medic that you see in that doco did not have any trouble at all getting Rhodesian uniforms etc. That's because he was a Rhodesian, having resigned from the army after finding out who his next boss was going to be, (BM) and he scooted for Aus.
Yes by now you can see where this is going, I am that soldier, and that was my own uniform. Except the beret, we wore a dull cherry beret in Rhodesia. I spent 10yrs with the Rhodesian Army 5 in infantry and 5 in Medical Corps. Joined the Australian army and lost a tape, back on in under 2 years and saw out the remainder of my 20 year career.
To clear up any other questions about the other shirts and combat jackets, we Rhodies had unlimited access to local tailors in the field in their tribal trust lands and so we set about cutting and styling equipment to suit our own personal likings, it was all "bush gear you always kept your good stuff for "bright lights".
Hope I've clear some of the mystery.