32 Battalion was a South African unit mainly composed of Portuguese-speaking black soldiers, with some black and white officers. They were mostly deployed in the border region on South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola where they acted as a buffer between the MPLA and “regular” South African troops. Throughout most of their service, 32 Battalion was equipped with a lizard camouflage pattern available in a wet dry season colorways.
Dry Season (Winter)
Small size. No longer in collection.
Medium size. Arrived with holes, repaired by tailor using new fabric swatch.
Also medium size. Was issued, has number written on inside of left pocket.
Color Balanced Swatches:
Wet Season (Summer)
Same cut and fabric material as dry season version.
Color Balanced Swatch:
Raw fabric, swatch is color balanced. Material (cotton/poly? blend poplin) matches that of most South African produced uniforms. Darkest brown color is same as darkest brown of winter version of pattern.