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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 Brodie Pattern Helmet with Camoflage Net

A Second World War Brodie Pattern Helmet with cotton camoflage netting attached. As this type of helmet and netting was also in use by British, Canadian, New Zealand and South African Troops, it has been included in the lists of equipment issued to these nations. The addition of this type of camoflage netting was more the exception, than the rule - the majority of helmets in service use being devoid of this accessory.  Photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

Brodie Pattern Helmet - inside view

Inner view of the British Brodie Pattern Mk II steel helmet. In contrast to the original Brodie style helmet from the First World War, the inner liner now consists of a black canvas type oilcloth with a rubber pad to cushion the crown of the helmet shell. The chin strap has changed from a half inch leather strap, to an elasticized khaki cotton webbing strap with two metal squares to attach to the helmet bails. This style of helmet was still in use by the Australian Army, well into the 1950's.

AIF - Other Ranks Peaked Cap

An AIF (Australian Imperial Force) Other Ranks Peaked Cap. This item of head wear in Australian service, has it's origins dating back to the First World War when Australian Troops were issued with the British Service Cap; due to a shortage of Slouch Hats (khaki fur felt hat). However, this peaked cap was still widely used during the Second World War by rear echelon troops - and personnel in non operational areas. It is distinguishable in production from the British version by the leather piping found on the edge of the visor.  Image courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

AIF - Other Ranks Peaked Cap - Front View

Front view of the AIF - Other Ranks Peaked Cap. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is clearly visible on the front of the cap. This is merely the standard smaller version badge which is normally fitted to the collar tabs of the Service Dress tunic. The leather piping which is stitched to the brim of the visor; and the leather chin strap are clearly visible.   Image courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

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