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Uncover your potential', indeed! Once you stop ogling the girl, though, you might notice that this Australian Special Air Service (SAS) recruiting poster shows Australian Disruptive Pattern Camouflage to very good effect. [Image courtesy Brad Turner collection.]

South Africa Police 1st pattern camouflage
Republic of South Africa

The South African Police (SAP) 1st pattern camouflage was introduced in 1968. It is a simple and rather interesting three-colour camouflage pattern, comprising frequent horizontally streaked medium green elements and occasional chocolate brown elements on a light khaki background. The brown and green panels were printed using rollers of different sizes, which introduces a random factor into the density of the design. The African National Congress (ANC) produced a copy of SAP 1st pattern, but the pattern density was constant.

There is no evidence to suggest that SAP 1st pattern camouflage was discontinued at the time SAP 2nd pattern camouflage was introduced. It is therefore possible that the two camouflage patterns were used more-or-less interchangeably after 1976, until 1st pattern stocks were depleted.

SAP 1st and 2nd pattern camouflage uniforms were also produced in Rhodesia, during the Bush War, and some examples of uniforms can be found with off-cuts of Rhodesian camouflage cloth used to line pockets, waist bands, and so on.

Both SAP patterns were generally discontinued in 1995, when all previously issued South African camouflage was abandoned in favour of the 'Soldier 2000' design. The SAP patterns have been retained by the South African Police High Risk Unit, however.

kamouflage.net is grateful to Riaan Rossouw, Eric H. Larson and Mike Coleman, for their invaluable contributions to this article.

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South Africa Police 1st pattern camouflage
1968–1995

Specimen of South Africa Police 1st pattern camouflage

Specimen kindly supplied by Riaan Rossouw

Actual size: not known

also known as:
  • South Africa Police (abbrev. SAP) 1st pattern camouflage
country of origin:

Republiek van Suid-Afrika
Republic of South Africa

National flag: Republic of South Africa

Republic of South Africa

used by:
  • South African Police (SAP).
  • South African Police High Risk Unit.

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