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Late War KAR in Brim Hat?

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There's lots of photographic evidence showing that when in action many Nigerian soldiers swopped their green pillbox hats for wide brimmed slouch hats/ bush hats similar to those of the New Zealand troops elsewhere.  These no doubt provided better protection from the sun.

I was wondering whether at least some of the KAR also swopped their pillbox hats for wide-brimmed hats during the late stages of the East African campaign.  I did see one Imperial War museum photo of askari in brim hat claiming they were KAR.

Or would it be more correct to say that the wide brimmed hats were only worn by the KAR in WW2?


With thanks in advance for any responses on this uniform question.


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  • 4 weeks later...

WW2 is the answer - though they may have come in before 1939.



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