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setsuko26 Mar 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

I've got some British highlanders that I want to convert to use as Cape Town Highlanders for North Africa (1942, to be specific). I've found a couple of reference photos that are either from when they shipped out, or from later on in Italy, but nothing from the actual north african desert.

What would be the proper headgear for them in combat? Pith helmets? Brodie helmets? Glengarry? Anything else? I'm a bit confused, so I'd love to get some more insight on this.

Durban Gamer27 Mar 2018 4:04 a.m. PST

I don't have any specific info on the Cape Town Highlanders.
I believe that generally speaking the SA forces wore the unique South African sun-helmet in East Africa. Then switched to the standard 8th army steel one when in combat in North Africa.

setsuko27 Mar 2018 12:14 p.m. PST

Ok! Thanks for the input. :)

GreenLeader Inactive Member28 Mar 2018 10:36 a.m. PST

I would say that by 1942 any Highlander (whether he was from Cape Town or Inverness) would look no different from any other soldier – tin hat would surely have been worn in combat.

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