Sample 1:


Very similar to Rhodesian version, but thicker canvas and much more padding around shoulders.  Pouch closures are wood toggle loop, like chicom chest rig.  These vests were used before the nylon Niemoller equipment.

On 1st Pattern Recce Jacket:

This vest was very similar to the one used by 32 Battalion from 1979 – 1981:


Usage Photos:

Vest seems to have been more commonly used by 31BN (Bushmen) of SWATF (South West Africa Territorial Force).  

Second person on right from front has a vest with a similar toggle closure on back.

Bushmen from Three-One Battalion move through sparse bush in Caprivi Strip Operational Area. From May 1980 issue of Soldier of Fortune Magazine in article entitled 3-1 BATTALION BUSHMEN (image on Page 49).

Comparison with Rhodesian Predecessor: