Greetings, Some snippits of military history just have to be shared..... Anyone here "from the right of the line" who could comment? From Letters to the Editor page. Magnum. Jan 2006. âSince Mr Woods used to travel to Rhodesia every year, Iâm surprised he didnât notice the main use for elephant penis sheaths. A pair were issued to new recruits of the British South Africa Police as part of their uniforms. The sheaths had to be soaked in warm water until soft and then pulled over the boot, to just below the knee. The recruit then had to stand still in the blazing sun until they dried hard and moulded to his legs. They were then slit lengthwise inside the leg and buckles attached. The recruit had to spend many hours boning (sorry!) the leggings with a candle and the back of a teaspoon, until they were as smooth as glass. Then came hours of rubbing Kiwi polish in, in small circles, on a rag pulled over the end of a finger. Spit was mixed with polish and so on, and then the leggings were brushed until they shone like mirrors. The lesser known use, of course, was in the manufacture of aviator helmets. For this application, the sheaths had to be cut a little higher up, to provide the bumps over the ears. Thought you would have known this! ââ G Lancaster, Gauteng. Hmmnnn... yes, well.