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The "speed lacing" system, which greatly facilitates pulling the boots on and off, features 7 pairs of bronze eyelets, manufactured by "MARK" company

The flap of the boots tongue is "closed", like on all the other army boots. The tongue is stitched to the boot's top in order to protect the feet from penetration of dust and pebbles and from the ingress of water inside the boots. One can safely come into the water safely up to the level of the sixth pair of eyelets (counting upward).

The military ID- markings on the M/66 model boots is placed on the out-sole.

For example, the marking 43M means size 43, M = Middel (Middle) widths; below the size and widths are repeated in the "Mondopoint" system (in mm) - 274/97. Below the national markings "NL" (the Netherlands) is indicated. The Identification serial number and the month/year of production are marked inside the boots top.

South African Military Boots

Before the April 1994 the Armed Forces of South Africa (full name: the "Republic of South Africa" in English and "Republiek van Suid-Afrika" in Afrikaans) were called the South African Defence Force (shortly "SADF").

The Ministry of Defence of this country, the South African Defence Force Union - UDF (Union Defence Force) was established back in July 1912, and received the well-known name "SADF" in the near 1958.

In the mid-1970s SADF consisted of three military branches: Army, Air Force and Navy, four years later the military medical service was added to them.

In fact, South Africa was oriented on the Western world, and followed its course of military-technical development along with Australia and New Zealand.

The level of the South African defence industry development can be characterized by the fact that this country has managed to develop its own nuclear weapons, with the help of their Israeli partners. On September 22, 1979 South Africa performed its first nuclear weapon test in the area of the Bouvet Island. Subsequently, South Africa voluntarily renounced its nuclear weapons, and in 1990, Frederik de Klerk, the president of the country which appeared to be a kind of local "Gorbachev", has decided to move away from the policy of apartheid and to destruct the South African stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

After departing from the policy of "apartheid" in April 1994, SADF has been transformed into the SANDF (South African National Defence Force). At this the new structure incorporated both the territorial defence forces of Transkei, Ciskei, Venda and Bophuthatswana (South African Bantustans), and the partisans of the so-called African National and Pan-African Congress, the national South African liberation movements.

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