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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.
Murlex Foot Powder
A tin of Murlex Foot Powder, manufactured by Murphy, Liebert Pty Ltd of Sydney. This brand of foot powder was issued to all branches of the Army, Navy and Air Force during the Second World War. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Murlex Foot Powder label
The reverse side of the Murlex Foot Powder tin, showing the label and manufacturer details. The script reads: A fine borated powder for use on feet, body and on the face after shaving. Soothes, heals and relieves distress. Effective for the relief of Tinea and similar Foot Infections. Used extensively by the Imperial Military, Naval and Air Forces at home and abroad. Murphy, Liebert Pty. Ltd. Manufacturing Chemists, Sydney. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Christy Military Foot Powder
In accordance with the Army tradition of keeping it's troops "marching" - this gave rise to the Christy Military Foot Powder, of the Second World War. With it's slogan "For Marching Feet" this item of foot care was a common item of issue to Australian soldiers during the 1940's. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Did you know that the Australian 2/14th Infantry Battalion on the Kokoda Track had a Unit Chiropodist? Read what Corporal CLARK had to do to help his mates at Myola during 1942 and get them back on their feet. PLEASE CLICK HERE
Christy Military Foot Powder label
The reverse side of the Christy Military Foot Powder tin, showing the instructions for application. The label states: BEFORE MARCHING - Sprinkle liberal quantity of the powder on the feet, in the socks, and in the boots. It will keep the feet healthy and well under all conditions. By constant use you will guard against tinea and excessive foot perspiration. AFTER MARCHING - Soak feet for a while and then rub powder around the feet, and between the toes. This gives real comfort to tired, aching feet, encased in military boots. The label states that this item is "A British Empire Product". This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.