UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE CANADIAN ARMY DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a Canadian Soldier of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in Canadian 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.
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World War Two Soap Holder
A metal Soap Holder from the Second World War. Manufactured from aluminium, this holder provided a recepticle to protect the soap from attracting dirt and contaminants; as well as preventing the soap from soiling other items when stowed whilst in a 'wet' condition. This item was purchased from England and may have been utilised by Naval personnel, however this is merely conjecture and certainly could have been issued to any branch of the services. As it also may have been procured by other dominions within the British Commonwealth, it has been included in the British, Australian and New Zealand kits. Image courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
Soap Holder Manufacture Date
Close up image of the manufacture details of the aluminium World War Two Soap Holder. Stamped 'W.S.I' - the soap holder bears the stamping of 1945 and a Government Broad Arrow. It is believed that the other letters and numerals may be patent details, however this is not confirmed. Image courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
World War Two Soap
A cake of Soap from the Second World War. Manufactured by "W V W & Co." - it bears the script 'PERSEVERANDO - VINCES' as well as the Government Broad Arrow. This item was purchased from England and came in the metal soap holder, which is also listed in this inventory. As it also may have been procured by other dominions within the British Commonwealth, it has been included in the British, Australian and New Zealand kits. Image courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.
No.4 Mk.1* Lee-Enfield Rifle .303 Calibre
The No.4 Lee-Enfield Rifle was not only produced in Britain, but was also manufactured in Canada and the U.S.A. This weapon was designated the No.4 Mk.1* and whilst it was basically the same weapon as it's British counterpart, it differed slightly in the method of removing the bolt. Some also had a variation in the standard 5 groove of rifling, to that of 2 grooves. This was done in order to speed up production.