Chasemuseum Posted 28 January , 2018 Share Posted 28 January , 2018 During the war, AIF uniforms were to be manufactured in and supplied from Australia, however difficulties in supply led to significant shortages for troops on the western front and AIF pattern woolen uniforms were sourced and manufactured in the UK. These were of particularly poor quality and despised by the soldiers. Volume XI of Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, records this differently. Examples of typical Australian made tunics will be given as a separate post. Hoping that this is of interest Regards Ross Page 257 of official history Vol XI Typical example of the UK made tunic, they appear very coarse and dishevelled in photos. Also note that the soldier is using the Australian leather P1908 equipment belt. 49 Battalion tunic, after dry-cleaning and pressing it looks better in the photos than it should, but the fabric is of exceptionally poor quality, is extremely coarse and has no warmth Detail of the only markings. This tunic was obtained from a colleague in about 1980, he had obtained it from the family of the soldier in about 1976. Unfortunately I do not have a record of the soldiers personal details as these had not been recoded at the time. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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