This photo was taken during basic training in 1SAI Bn. in March 1988. That's me on the far right, throwing the photographer (our Corporal) a toffee. The Big guy on the left was a real animal and very useful to have around when the going got tough.
This picture shows the original South African Defence Force tactical load bearing vest (Gevegsbaadjie). This battle jacket was developed in South Africa in the 1980's, and was subsequently adopted by armies world-wide. The helmet is a standard issue kevlar helmet with peaked "Nutria"...
The R4, a standard issue for all soldiers, is a South African assault rifle with a folding stock and 5.56mm calibre. It was developed in 1980 to replace the aging R1 (a variation of the FN FAL). This weapon first saw active service in South West Africa (Namibia) and in raids into Angola and...
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