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  1. As a matter of interest, Col. Hickman's son, Lt. Gen. J.S.V. Hickman CLM MC, was Commander of the Rhodesian Army from 1977 to 1979.
  2. "Inspector" in the "Regular" force, and "Lieutenant" for a Reservist. My father, a former Army officer, commanded the Riot Police in Dar-es-Salaam. "Regulars" wore the Giraffe Cap Badge on a peaked Cap, Reservists wore it on a navy blue beret.
  3. My late father (a former wartime British Army officer and later, in the 1970s, a regular officer in the Rhodesian Army) served as commander of the Riot Police detachment in Dar-es-Salaam in the 1950s. I had his uniform, a KD Bush Jacket and shorts virtually identical to the photo you posted, until it got stolen from a “secure” bonded warehouse (along with other items of my own uniform & militaria collection) when we moved from Zimbabwe to the UK in 2000. Thieving swines....may they rot in Hell! The two pip insignia denoted an “Inspector” (standard UK police rank structure) in the REG
  4. Agreed, they are British Police rank badges for ranks above C/Supt. Used elsewhere in the Commonwealth as well. The Met calls the rank wearing only the "Crossed Tipped-staves" device "Commander, and the provincial forces use a different title, but then I'm a "Colonial" and not overly knowledgeable on the issue. I think the "Chief Constable" of most UK forces wear the Tipped-staves with a Crown above......as did the Commissioner of Police in Rhodesia, before the "Republic" was declared in 1970. After "Republic" the BSAP adopted gilt rank badges for officers, the crown on top of the tipped
  5. Looks damned stupid to me. Even pathetic. Gorget patches - whether worn by senior Police or Army (or Royal Marine) Officers - replace "collar dogs" when that class of rank is attained....you don't see Colonels, Brigadiers, or General Officers retaining their Regimental/Corps insignia beyond the rank of Lt. Col, just "because they feel like it". There must be "Dress Regs" for these Forces - either specified by the "Home Office" or "codified" by the Individual Forces. One wonders whether the Chief Constables pictured amended them to suit their personal sartorial styles or if they si
  6. Only Superintendents and above were members of the Officers Mess in the BSAP, and they would have had Mess Dress. In 1975, the Ranks of Inspector and Chief Inspector were elevated to "Commissioned" status, primarily to give them a degree of "clout" when dealing with junior Officers in the Army (and to a lesser extent the Air Force) as the intensifying Bush War required ever increasing co-operation between the different branches of the Security Forces. As "the Inspectorate" - irrespective of their significant experience and responsibilities - were were not, technically, "Officers" they w
  7. POSSIBLY a distinction between "Regular" members and "Reservists"....... Jeff, but it's only a theory!
  8. The probable (or at least practical) reason for this is that our Rank Structures are composed of individual rank badges worn in combination - unlike the US pattern where each rank has it's own specific badge. For instance, a US Captain's two Bars are in a single piece (British pattern three "Pips") a Lt. Col. has a silver Oak Leaf device (Brit Pattern a Crown above a "pip") and a "Bird Colonel" an Eagle (Brit pattern Crown above two "pips"). Accurate and "uniform" placement of these rank badges, were the holes not pre-placed on epaulettes or shoulder-straps, could well prove a pain-in-the-a
  9. The cap is authentic, although the pattern of the "Cap Strap" is incorrect - we didn't have the small "buckles" on it. I suspect it was a replacement made by the seller so the item wasn't "incomplete". The correct pattern of "cap-strap" is shown in the attached photo of a BSAP Other Ranks cap. A BLACK leather strap signifies a member of the force is a member of the Support Unit Branch. Duty Uniform Branch (along with "Techs", "Staff Branch", and other uniformed members) wore BROWN leather-work - cap-straps, belts and footwear. The uniforms of the ZRP initially derived from those of th
  10. Having come across your threads on Rhodesian, colonial, and SAP uniforms, I’m happy to answer a couple of your queries. I served in the BSAP (and the successor force ZRP) , in both “Duty Uniform” and “Support Unit” Branches, from 1978 to the end of 1981, leaving as a Section Officer (S/O). BSAP – GREY SHIRT & KHAKI SHORTS. The shirt is a standard issue Police Grey Shirt worn with khaki shorts (as shown) or with “Trousers, Riot Blue” – “combat” style trousers in Navy Blue worn in Riot uniform and as “Drill Order”. The slightly “mottled” material is of a type used in the 60’s and
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