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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 Underpants (Elasticized Leg) Manufacture Details

Second World War Australian Underpants (second example) with elasticized leg. The letter 'V' indicates that this particular garment was manufactured in the state of Victoria. The date '1942' is the year of manufacture and they are made to fit a size 36 inch waist. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

WW2 Australian Underpants (Jungle Green)

Second World War Australian Underpants. Made from cotton weave, this under garment has been dyed a 'jungle green' colour for tropical issue. They have two buttons at the waist, making them adjustable with a drawstring for final adjustment. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

WW2 Australian Underpants (Jungle Green) Manufacturer Details

Manufacturer details of a pair of World War Two dated Australian Underpants. This tag, sewn into the subject under garment indicates that this particular item was produced in the state of Victoria (as recorded by the letter 'V' before the numerals 374.) The date '1942' of course, indicates the year of manufacture and the number '42' is an indication of waist size; measured in inches. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

WW2 Khaki Cotton Drill Shorts (double buckle fastener)

Second World War khaki cotton drill shorts with double buckle fastener.  This pattern of shorts were issued to the AIF (Australian Imperial Force)  from the outset of its formation and this style remained in service well into the 1950's.  The design of the shorts was quite 'roomy' and were cut so as to allow free movement of the leg.  The shorts feature an internal side pocket on both sides of the garment and a large pocket to the left rear portion.  A smaller rear pocket was fitted to the rear to accommodate a shell dressing.  The fly was fastened by way of buttons.  On this example, the buttons are of a pressed tin construction; but they are also found with brown plastic bakealite buttons.  The buckles which fasten the waist are tongueless steel buckles which encapture a plain cotton strap.  As indicated, there are two buckles (double buckles) which secure the fit around the waist.


This pattern of shorts were fashioned for AIF use and differ in design to the style which outfitted the R.A.A.F (Royal Australian Air Force) and R.A.N (Royal Australian Navy).

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