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 tooth brush (unissued condition) Australian Imperial Force
An unissued example of the Australian Department of Defence tooth brush as issued to members of the Australian Imperial Force. Still in its protective plastic wrapping, unissued items of this nature are becoming very rare. The reason for this is simple. Whatever could be used by the civillian population after the war, was utilised. And army surplus items proved affordable for a working class Australia, struggling to recover from the financial cost of war.
Emergency First Aid Bandage
Emergency First Aid Bandage box containing 4 bandages. This item was manufactured by 'Johnson & Johnson' in the United States of America prior to World War Two. It was distributed by DAVIS CO. INCORPORATED. As the American Forces built up in Australia from 1942 onwards, it was not uncommon for U.S. stores to be issued to Austrlian troops. This is evident by the Department of Defence (D - broad arrow - D) stamped on the outside of the box on display; indicating that this particular item was entered into the Australian Stores. Subsequently, this item is also listed in the U.S. inventory.
Davis Emergency First Aid Bandage
An opened box of Davis Emergency First Aid Bandages. This box contains four x 2" Emergency compresses which are cotton filled. The rear of the cardboard box shows a diagram which details how the bandage compresses are applied. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson in the United States, they were distributed by Davis Company Incorporated and issued to Australian Troops (as evidenced by the Department of Defence Government Stamp on the front of the box).
First Field Dressing
A First Field Dressing, made by Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd, Sydney in October, 1944. The instructions read:- Tear apart the uncemented corner as indicated by the arrow and remove the paper. Take the folded ends of the bandage in each hand, and keeping the bandage taut, apply the gauze pad to the wound and fix the bandage. In the case of head wounds when respirators have to been worn, care should be taken to adjust the pad so that it does not interfere with the fit of the face piece. DO NOT HANDLE THE GAUZE OR WOUND