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sjwalker51

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1940 South African infantry?
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:32:56 PM »
Planning a 1940 East Africa campaign in 15mm  - what does the collective recommend for South African infantry (pith helmets, trousers rather than shorts, puttees, light kit), preferably from the PP range, maybe with head swaps?

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Re: 1940 South African infantry?
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 04:56:28 AM »
I would use the PP 8th Army and use the pith helmet heads to give them that SA flavour.  Then you can use them for the entire desert war.

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Re: 1940 South African infantry?
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 07:20:20 AM »
It's a tough one; if you want 100% historical accuracy there are no such figures in 15mm to my knowledge.
The South African Sun helmet was quite distinctive in shape; at best you can aim for "looks OK in 15mm".
They tended towards shirts or longer safari style jackets and long trousers.

I'd use the 14th Army figures, keep the steel helmet figures and give the hat figures WW1 or Colonial British Sun hat heads. Lots wrong such as ammo pouches, if masochistic you could carve off and replace or cut down.

For Western Desert, I'd use straight Eighth Army.

http://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/south-africa-ww2.php

https://dirkdeklein.net/2016/09/18/south-africa-and-ww2-the-forgotten-army/

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Re: 1940 South African infantry?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 09:34:14 AM »
Get Martin to do a new range. I sure he will be able to find a few moments in the day.
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Re: 1940 South African infantry?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 11:26:34 AM »
Hi

Peter Pig Ref. 539 (8th Army greatcoats) could work, because the SMLE and the short gaiters are Ok and the greatcoat cancels the jacket problem ; the Brodie hat is Ok too, as the sun helmet was rarely if not worn in combat situations.

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Re: 1940 South African infantry?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 07:00:04 PM »
Thanks for some very useful suggestions, much appreciated