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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.


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, Canadian and New Zealand kits. Image courtesy of the Kokoda Historical Collection.

WW2 AIF tooth brush (National Brush Company)

A Second World War Australian issue tooth brush with Department of Defence 'Broad Arrow' marking.  Manufactured in Australia by the National Brush Company, the bristles are quite stiff and surviving examples clearly indicate that the tooth brush was produced in a range of colours.

WW2 Australian tooth brush - Department of Defence Broad Arrow

The "D D" stamping with the government broad arrow mark, denoting Department of Defence.

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