UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a Soldier from New Zealand of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in New Zealand 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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New Zealand woollen beret with 'Onward' hat badge.
Dog Tags (Identification Tags) New Zealand
A set of army dog tags, showing the identification details of a man serving in the New Zealand armed forces during the 1939-1945 war. These "dog tags" displayed sufficient information to identify a serviceman in the event of an incapacitating injury or his unfortunate death. They are made of a compressed fibre type material which is waterproof. They are secured by means of a stout cord (string) and were generally worn around the subject's neck. This particular set of tags recorded the personal details of Private G.A. RUSHBROOK. The numerals 473152 which are stamped into the identification tags relate to his service number. The letters "C E" stamped into the centre portion of the tag indicate his religious denomination; which was 'Church of England'. The letters 'N Z' at the top of the tags, of course - indicate that the serviceman is a subject of New Zealand. Manufactured as a pair; one tag is removed by a person in authority whilst the second tag remains with the body of the serviceman.
New Zealand Shoulder Flashes
Shoulder flashes, worn by New Zealand troops on khaki drill, service dress and battle dress tunics. These could be worn on the epaulettes or sewn on the upper portion of the sleeve below the point of the shoulder. This particular pair have been 'screen printed' as opposed to embroidered. Image courtesy of the New Zealand based website MILITARIANZ.
Pattern 37 Gaiters (Web Straps)
A different version of the Pattern 37 Gaiters. Whilst the manufacturer is unknown, they are dated 1942 and the numeral '1' is an indicator of the size. I have seen photographs of New Zealand, British, Canadian, and Australian troops - wearing this type of gaiter. A pair of gaiters similar to this (but with brass tabs on the end of the straps) were issued to NX115723 Corporal Franklin George HOLLANDS who served with the Lae Fortress Workshops AIF. These are in the Kokoda Historical Collection with his uniform.