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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE AIF DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to an Australian Soldier of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in Australian militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.
Australian Army Boots (Pattern 10085) minus Jungle Cleats
In accordance with the narrative to the previous image, the earliest pair of Pattern 10085 Australian Army Boots which I have seen, were a pair advertised for sale on ebay during August of 2010. They sold for $89.00 AUD. This pair was manufactured by JOHNSON & SONS in 1941, but are devoid of "jungle cleats" or "sprigs" as some troops tended to call them. This was a highly desireable pair to add to anybody's collection, due to their very early date and the fact that they were in "unissued" condition. They were also a larger size (9.4) which are difficult to find (due to the fact that many of them were worn after the war, as they were cheap to buy and easy to acquire). You may notice that the early pattern boots which are listed amongst this inventory and were also manufactured during 1941. The example made by J.J. WHYTE; are an indication of the "transition period" experienced by commissioned manufacturers when changing over from the First World War pattern to the new 'Pattern 10085' service boot.
To repeat the above request, if you see a pair of this pattern WITH jungle cleats that are dated 1942 or earlier, please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator as this will support Raymond Paull's claim that the 16th Brigade and later troops could have been issued with cleated boots, on the Kokoda Track.
Australian World War 2 Boots - Comparison
An image showing the manufacturing difference between the early pattern Australian Army Boot - with the Pattern 10085 Service Boot. The double stitching which was incorporated into the toe cap is clearly evident. These boots are held in the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Australian Army Boot Comparison
World War Two - Australian Army Boot Comparison. When the early pattern Army Boots on the right (similar to the First World War pattern boots) are placed alongside the later Pattern 10085 Army Boots with the stitched toe cap (on the left), it is easy to distinguish the difference between the two designs. Without a doubt, the later Pattern 10085 Army Boot was influenced by the British design footwear (which are dyed black in colour); in that a "toe cap" was incorporated. Indeed, the Australian Army also changed it's colour scheme from tan during the Second World War, to black in the early 1950's. It is common to find many tan coloured surplus WW2 boots, over dyed with black for issue during the Korean War era. The image of thes boots is courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
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