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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.
WW2 Australian Army mess tin (double pannier - storage)
The Australian Army mess tin, showing the system of folding away for storage.
1945 dated Australian Army Mess Tin
This late war model of the Australian Army mess tin (double pannier) is dated 1945 and is made from a light weight alloy.
Australian Army mess tin - Abuari waterfall (Kokoda Trail)
An Australian Army mess tin located near the Abuari Waterfall on the Kokoda Trail. Whilst the battle for Isurava was being fought (26 -29 August, 1942) the 53rd Infantry Battalion AMF (Australian Military Forces or commonly referred to as the 53rd Militia) guarded the right flank on the Abuari - Missima Track. They were relieved by the Western Australians of the 2/16th Infantry Battalion AIF.
Without a doubt, this mess tin once belonged to a soldier of either the 53rd Infantry Battalion or the 2/16th Battalion, AIF. One can only speculate if this mess tin was dropped during the heat of battle; or sadly as a result of the demise of its owner.
The Abuari - Missima side of the Eora Creek valley is rarely visited by the average trekking companies. However, the detour across the Eora valley and sight of the Abuari Waterfall is well worth the effort.