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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.
World War Two Australian Beret (woollen) top view
Photograph of the top view (upper portion) of the World War Two Australian Beret (woollen). This image shows the "economy" method of manufacture. It appears that these beret's were made from scraps and 'off cuts' of material - which is evident by the fact that two small pieces of cloth have been sewn together, to form the crown of the beret. I have seen one example which had been made by sewing four quadrants together. This adds weight to the suggestion that they may have been a "throw away" item - and discarded when dirty or unserviceable in appearance (such as an item of headwear worn by a mechanic or other tradesman that is subject to damaging grease stains etc).
WW2 Australian Underpants (White)
Second World War Australian Underpants. Made from a cotton weave, this under garment bears the Department of Defence 'D - broad arrow - D" stamping. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
WW2 Australian Underpants (White) Manufacture Details
Department of Defence stamping and manufacturer tag, showing the maker details of this particular pair of World War Two Australian underpants. The letter 'Q' indicates that this under garment was manufactured in the state of Queensland. The date '1943' being the year that this item was produced. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
WW2 Australian Underpants (Elasticized Leg)
Second World War Australian Underpants (second example). This item differs from the other pair, in that:- the legs on this garment are elasticized to fit around the lower thigh. Made from a stretch type white cotton, this article of underwear has a three button up front and a draw string for final adjustment. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.