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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.


Sterilizing Outfit for Use With Water Bottles

A Sterilizing Outfit for use with the military issue Water Bottles. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

Sterilizing Outfit (contents)

Photograph of two Sterilizing Outfits, side by side:- one of which is displaying the contents. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

Sterilizing Instructions for Water Bottles

The instructions on the inside of the steel lid for the Sterilizing Outfit read as follows:- DIRECTIONS FOR USE - FIRST COMPLETELY EMPTY WATER BOTTLE. Place one Sterilizing WHITE tablet in Water Bottle AFTER CRUSHING, then fill the bottle with water. Shake the bottle vigorously to ensure distribution of the sterilizing agent. Wait 30 minutes to enable the chemical to kill the germs. Then add one Thio blue tablet, and again shake the bottle. When the Thio tablet dissolves it removes the taste of the chemical, and the water is fit for use. REMEMBER - Use WHITE tablet first, BLUE Tablet second. If this order is reversed, the water will not be safe to drink. Keep tablets dry in order to protect their strength. Wait at least 30 minutes after adding the WHITE tablet. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

Sterilizing Tablets (White & Blue)

Close up photograph of the individual vials containing the Sterilizing Tablets. The date displayed on the paper label of the White tablets - indicates the year of manufacture. This being the 19th of September, 1944 and they were made by Felton, Grimwade & Duerdins Pty Ltd of 342 Little Flinders Street, Melbourne. Surprisingly, the blue coloured 'Thio' tablets were manufactured by a completely different company on the 22nd of September, 1944. It's label indicates that it was produced by TROMAX Limited, Manufacturing Division, SIGMA CO. LTD. Melbourne. Each vial contains 50 tablets. This photo courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

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