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A bona fide African classic with a Bush War backstory, and restricted reprints of SADF training manuals
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers
South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers

South African Bata 'Takkie' Hockey Sneakers

Regular price $64.99 USD Sale price$59.99 USD Save 8%

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  • Genuine Bata Product, Made In Zimbabwe
  • Pre Sale — Ships Q1 2024

Nothing goes better together than South Africa and hockey shoes? No, not ice hockey, field hockey.

Typically played on grass or hard packed dirt, field hockey is substantially different from ice hockey (obviously.) As you can imagine, countries around the equator can't find ice to save their lives, but field hockey remains a popular pastime especially in the warmer commonwealth (or ex-commonwealth countries.)

With the commercialization of synthetic rubber and the advent of new shoe manufacturing methods post WWII, all varieties of 'field hockey' shoes exploded in popularity. Brands like Converse, Palladium, and Chuck Taylor were nothing short of a worldwide phenomenon.

So, hockey shoes were light weight, cool, athletic, and ideal for moving quickly. That sounds like it could come in handy.

The formative years of recent Central & Sub-Saharan African Culture occurred during the Bush War & Border wars — Conflicts which dominated South Africa and Zimbabwe (Fromerly Rhodesia) during the Cold War. Outside of Africa and certain military circles both of these wars have faded into obscurity...

At the height of the Border and Bush wars, both South Africa and Rhodesia found themselves geographically, economically, and diplomatically isolated and facing the best efforts of the USSR, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, and several members of the Soviet Bloc. With their adversaries providing training, arms, logistics and advisory support to a rainbow of communist terrorists, militant groups, and Sub-Saharan nation states it was anything but a fair fight. The resulting violence was characterized by its fast pace and indiscriminate brutality — with frequent terrorist attacks on public infrastructure and civilian populations.

This period of counter-insurgency combat in the African savanna and wildlands forced tactical and material improvisation. Scrambling to stay competitive, Sub-Saharan African operations would develop doctrines and equipment that would stay relevant for decades to come.

South Africa’s elite Recce units (short for “Reconnaissance”) were some of the cream of the crop in counterinsurgency. Both were experts in tracking & long-range patrols far behind enemy lines, often in small groups vastly outnumbered by the enemy. In truth though, they did far more. They became the “go-to” fighting force for nearly everything, from airborne raids to underwater demolitions.

With all that trekking in punishing African conditions, there was a desperate need for lighter, faster footwear than what the standard issue European-style combat boots of the time had to offer.

Limited by attrition and embargos, Troopies frequently purchased their own kit on the private market...

From a collection of illustrations about Rhodesian Culture. You can see the iconic rubber circle on the side of the shoes in the illustration, as well as the familiar double-buckle army boots.

Inexpensive (being quite literally the cheapest shoes from Bata at the time) and effective, perfect for when you want to ruck the entirety of the African savannah in hot pursuit of some “terrs” or a mooi meisle. They didn’t leave the same boot print as standard issue combat boots did, allowing some measure of plausible deniability and concealment for any “Recce’s” operating somewhere the commies didn't want them to be. Nothing like a little vacation on the coast of Angola.

In researching the primary suppliers of Bush and Border Wars equipment, we kept stumbling across Bata. They are without the predominate footwear manufacturer in Africa, and knowing the illustrious history of the Takkies we did everything we could to get in touch with them.

In fact, there is only one Bata factory in the world who can still make the famous "takkies" — and that is very same factory that made them when Zimbabwe was Rhodesia. The original style of that period is entirely off the market, and we worked directly with the manufacturer using archival models and other original references. Make no mistake, besides a different tag (with our name on it), these are 100% authentic to the OGs the Selous scouts wore. Flexible, lightweight and covert, the Bata Takkies are an excellent choice whether your combat involves any bushwhacking or just trying to survive downtown in an American city. 


  • Made in Zimbabwe (Formerly Rhodesia)
  • Genuine New Production Bata Product
  • Canvas Upper
  • Rubber zig-zag outsole for extra grip
  • Iconic styling cues of 1960s era hockey sneakers
  • Metal eyelets & rubber toe cap for lasting durability


We've translated the native UK shoe size to the US size. These sneakers fit true to size from what we've seen, so we'd recommend going with your usual sneaker size, or a size up if you're between sizes.

This product Is a "Pre-Sale", meaning that inventory is already in production, and you're reserving the item ahead of time.

"Pre Sales" also mean there is limited inventory available to reserve. If it's sold out, it's sold out.

At any point in time before we ship it to you, the item is 100% refundable.

Republic of South Africa - Unconventional Warfare Complete Book Set

Regular price $54.99 USD Sale price$49.99 USD Save 9%

  • Reprint Of Genuine SADF Restricted Books
  • Pre Order — Ships Q1 2024

 The South African Border war went on for over 23 years involving everything from local policing all the up to armored engagements and almost everything else in between. Given our robust history importing South African Defense Force Surplus, we figured it was high time to add some more depth to the interesting history of the South Africans strategy for conducting war. 

The Cold War was not cold for South Africa. While most of Europe was playing an elaborate game of ‘who-has-the-most-nukes’, the South African Defense Force (SADF) was hard at work fighting the counter insurgency battles of the future. In the process, they developed and refined much of the tactics, weapons, and equipment used today.

In the 1960s and 1970s South Africans were involved in three major counterinsurgency wars in Sub Saharan Africa: The Congo Crisis (‘60-65), the Rhodesian Bush War (‘64-79), and the Border War (‘66-90). Each of these conflicts were a unique combination of policing action, counterinsurgency and full scale warfare. The South African Border war was known for its daring cross border raids by its elite counterinsurgency units such as the infamous “Recces”, it’s particularly brutal and effective policing unit called “Koevoet” and the success of it’s a armored Ratel IFV against T-55s tanks.

The Republic of South Africa developed a rather robust and informative series of military pamphlets regarding how to effectively fight these conflicts. Which means it’s the perfect vetting tool, simply place it on your coffee table and see if the new ‘based’ friend you invited over truly lives up to his claims. Published by the Chief of the Army Headquarters Defense Headquarters in September 1972 this formerly restricted publication is an excellent read for the burgeoning insurgent and counterinsurgent alike (see disclaimers).

Part 1: Doctrine and Legal Aspects

Primarily focuses on the correct application of doctrine by defining what terrorists are along with how to interact with both terrorists, terrorist sympathizers and civilians. Included are examples of appropriate use of force and balancing providing security and safety for the populace while also avoiding infringing on their civil liberties.

Part 2: Unconventional Warfare in Urban Areas

Focuses on applying the correct level of force regarding different scales of civil disturbances and how best to approach them from a police perspective and a military perspective. Additionally there are detailed maps and schematics of how to effectively set up an urban checkpoint or electrify the exterior of your armored vehicle to prevent unwanted passengers.

Part 3: Unconventional Warfare in Rural Areas

Concerns the more typical guerilla warfare scenarios in a rural environment. From reacting to ambushes, planning ambushes and effective use of artillery, tanks and other supporting assets. It also includes sections devoted to bush survival techniques and proper kit to carry on your person.

Involving everything from how to successfully win hearts and minds by guaranteeing citizens safety and civil liberties to appropriate use of force when confronted with rioters all the way up to how to successfully evade and conduct an ambush. It is both equally applicable in modern insurgencies and counterinsurgencies today.  A perfect addition to your living room coffee table and your “Live, Laugh, Long live Rhodesia” decoration on your wall. 


  • Reprint of Genuine SADF "Restricted" Books
  • 6" x 8" x 1.25-1.75 " per volume
  • Uses high quality scans to preserve the type-writer style font and crisp clarity.
  • Covers made using restored art of the real books
  • 500+ total pages of content divided into 3 volumes (see above)
  • Paperback for authentic field manual feel


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For a limited time, any size will be available. After production has begun, there will only be a limited stock of each size available.

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