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.
Crown Corn Caps
Whilst technically, this item was not a military issue article - it was part of a collection of memorabilia belonging to an Australian Army Nurse. Subsequently it has been included in this register, based on the nature of the item. Corns are a hard lump of skin usually between the toes which they say are quite painful. A possible cause being "ill fitting" shoes. One only has to examine the Second World War era boots which survive to this day; to form the conclusion that they may cause some discomfort. Especially when the feet swell in tropic conditions, and/or when socks had a tendancy to rot off in jungle conditions - as found on the Kokoda Track. Whilst the 'Crown Corn Caps' may not have been readily available, it can be taken for granted that they were used to treat an ailment when a soldier became fortunate enough to acquire some. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Crown Corn Caps (reverse side)
The reverse side of the 'Crown Corn Caps' tin. The label states :- These Plasters being manufactured on scientific lines will be found efficacious, painless and comfortable. Apply the Red Felt Shield over the Corn so that the medication comes into direct contact with the Corn, then fix firmly with the straps. The medication removes the Corn, the Felt Shield relieves boot pressure, and the strap maintains the dressing in position. The Corn may easily be removed after three days. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Puttees (Khaki Wool)
Two different sets of khaki woollen Puttees, the type issued to Australian soldiers during the Second World War. Commonly referred to as 'leg wraps', the British Army had been wearing puttees since before the 1899 Anglo Boer War in South Africa. These Puttees are simply a strip of woven wool 4 and 3/8" wide (four and three eights inches) by 41" inches long. (Metric approx 11cm wide x 105 cm long) This is in contrast to their First World War predecessor which were much longer in comparison. They have a long cotton tape sewn to one end, for the purpose of securing the end of the puttee around the leg.
Woollen Puttees (Manufacturer N 179)
Close-up of the manufacture details concerning the Woollen Puttess. The letter 'N' before the 179 numeral indicates that this item was made in New South Wales. The date '1942' of course, denotes the year of manufacture and the dark ink stamp which is evident on the name tag, is a part of the Government 'Broad Arrow' acceptance mark.