Shirt 1

As used by FAPLA in Angola (See Shirt 2 and Trousers, below, for intact FAPLA tags like this one would have).  Item came out of South Africa.  Shirt has same cut as Elm Leaf pattern.

Shirt 2

Mint condition shirt. Also has FAPLA tags like Sample 2 but much tighter weave fabric.


“Triumfo” tag indicates 1980’s production (source:

Washing instructions tag at bottom:


Cuban originals tend to have a “flare” at the button ends of the epaulets and cuff adjustment flaps. This is also present in Shirt 1.


FAPLA tag indicates it is for Angola.  Similar weight and type of twill material as Shirt 1.


Cuban original is cotton twill while Recce version on this page (Sample 3) is like SADF poplin.


Another type of jacket with only 2 lower patch pockets also existed (source:

M1943 style Jacket

Padded liner, cut is very similar to US M1943 or M1951 style jacket. More information about Cuban Grey Lizard jackets:

SADF Recce Copy Fabric

One form of SADF Recce copy fabric, like SADF poplin.

Pattern Tile:

Made from Recce copy fabric.