Nyampanda PV


Nyampanda PV (Protected Village) 1976. A selection of photos of the every day running of yet another of the many PVs protecting villagers out in the isolated areas of Rhodesia. The men of INTAF (Internal Affairs) did a difficult job under trying circumstances. Full credit to them.

Many thanks to Dave Clutten for the photographs.

The aircraft in these photographs was shot up by the ‘Terrs’ but managed to make a heavy landing. The PVs would regularly come under attack but INTAF were proactive in patrolling and taking the fight to the ‘Terrs’ as well as defending the PV and Keep.



Chisapa PV.


These are a batch of photos of Chisapa PV (Protected Village) then and now. Intaf personal can be seen here going through their daily duties, protecting the PV in an isolated area of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Photos 1978 then and the now taken in 2017.

Many thanks to Aaron Gaka for these photos.




Police Urban Emergency Unit which was modelled on SWAT formations across the world was based in Salisbury, Bulawayo, Umtali and Gwelo to counter urban terrorism. Operations prepared for were sniper, abseiling, hostage situations and terrorists holding out in buildings or multi story buildings.

Dress is Riot Blues, blue cap, and or blue OTAN/NATO helmets. Small arms and Uzi sub machine guns as well as sniper rifles.

The information was found in the book ‘Contact’.




The BSAP apart from its normal Patrol Cars and Land Rovers as the war intensifies were issued with various Mine and Ambush Protected vehicles. The light MAP vehicles were also used by farmers, civilians, civilian firms, and other Government Departments.

The BSAP in the towns and cities would also have a certain number of MAP vehicles painted light grey.

All departments of the BSAP which included PATU, Support Unit, The Mounted Unit were issued with these vehicles.



As the bush war hotted up in the late 70s there were a number of occasions of ambushes on the main roads to disrupt communications, commerce and tourism. The Police Reserve were used to man these convoys. On occasion army were used to bolster these defences with troops on MAP vehicles, armoured cars on occasion and also Grey’s Scouts in MAP vehicles would escort and be a quick reaction and followup to an ambush.

The Datsun vanets were armed with a variety of machine guns in turrets.




Painting BSAP DISTRICT Figures.

After much trial and error I came down to this set of colours to get the BSAP uniform as accurate as possible.

The Figures.

Using Eureka 28mm figures Aden Range of British Troops I then cut off the bush hat heads or Glengarry to replace with peaked caps.

I purchased  peaked cap heads from Gripping Beast WW1 range.

56 Ammo pouches were removed leaving one in most cases and also removing water bottle.


1966 Early BSAP. Riot uniform was used in the early operations by the BSAP but the Dark Blue and Light Grey was not good camouflage in the bush and thus the BSAP went over to camouflage combat uniform.

Riot Uniform

Shirt – Light Grey Humbrol 127

Trousers, bush hat, Peaked cap band – White Ensign Blue Grey.

Peaked cap – Humbrol 26 Khaki.

Boots – Humbrol 70

Cap Badge – Humbrol 54.

By the late 60s Rhodesian camouflage was introduced but in those early days the shirt was green. These uniforms were used in the districts and in the bush.


In later years camouflage was worn on a regular basis in the Districts and bush. From 1977 onwards rifles were camouflaged.


Camouflage shirt, trousers, combat jacket and combat cap.

Base colour:- Humbrol 83 plus a touch of Humbrol 103.

Green:- Humbrol 86.

Brown:- Humbrol 29.

Rolled sleeves Humbrol 83 and 103.

Webbing:- Humbrol 84.

Sleeping Bag:-  olive drab or Dark Earth.

European Patrol Officer – Humbrol 61Flesh.

African Constable –  Skin colour:-Humbrol  29.


Rifle – Gun Metal Humbrol Met 201.

Rifle furniture – Humbrol 70.

Rifle Camouflaged

Rifle:- Base colour Humbrol 76 plus HM5 authentic humbrol, stripe pattern 83.

Rifle strap:- Humbrol 83 and Humbrol 103.

Figure Base.

Figure Base:-  Humbrol 93 and Humbrol 103 high lights.


BSAP setting up a Vehicle Check Point near Bulawayo 1980