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There are several suppliers of WW1 Australian uniform.  Below is a list of uniform and suppliers.  By far the most expensive item for those wishing to represent infantryman is the MkIII SMLE .303.  Please note that if you wish to purchase a .303 and opt for a genuine weapon or a weapon not fully deactivated to Western Australian standards you must have the correct licenses and may not be allowed to display them in public.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

Tunic                              -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                           www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

Breeches                        -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                            www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

Greyback Shirt               -   www.schipperfabrik.com

(Also in cream)                   www.warwicks.com.au

                                           www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

Puttees                           -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                            www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

Boots                              -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                           www.warwicks.com.au

                                           www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

Braces                            -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                           www.schipperfabrik.com

                                           www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

                                           onlinemilitaria.net (What Price Glory)

Collar and shoulder

badges                          -   www.lawranceordnance.com  

 

Colour Patch                  -   www.lawranceordnance.com

 

Note that some items may be available on eBay at a lower price however, you must be aware that quality varies and may not always be suitable.  Note also that some retailers provide tunics with relevant badges already attached.

 

ADDITIONAL AND CEREMONIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Slouch hat                     -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                          www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

Webbing belt                 -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                      -   www.militaryhistoryworkshop.co.uk

                                          www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

 

GALLIPOLI/ACTIVE SERVICE EQUIPMENT

 

Trench cap                     -   www.warwicks.com

                                      

Not to be confused with the British Army SD cap the Australian version is distinctive in colour and style. Warwicks are the only current supplier of the correct Australian SD cap

 

P08 Webbing sets         -   www.lawranceordnance.com

                                      -   www.warwicks.com

                                      -   www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

                                      -   www.schipperfabrik.com

                                      -   www.militaryhistoryworkshop.co.uk

 

'1915' leather webbing   -   www.militaryhistoryworkshop.co.uk

 

 

 

OFFICERS UNIFORM.

 

There are many companies providing officers uniforms, however, contemporary photographs suggest it is unlikely Australian officers wore the cuff tabs we are all popularly used to seeing.  Instead many photographs show Australian officers in standard infantrymens tunic, with boots and puttees rather than the 'cavalryman's style of British officers.

 

EQUIPMENT

 

This is where you can go to town limited only by your wallet.  A lot of general equipment is now difficult to come by, namely entrenching tools, but they are available if you search for them.  You will find many period water bottles however, it is important to note that authentic WW1 water bottles were enamalled blue not green and there are three suppliers of blue water bottles: www.militaryhistoryworkshops.co.uk. at a very reasonable price; southerncrossmilitaria.com and warwicks.com.

 

For rations and a large number of stowed away items try: www.tommyspackfillers.com.

For housewifes, early pattern gasmasks, dixies, mugs etc try military history workshops, what price glory, southern cross militaria.

 

 

            

 

 My uniform, tunic with 11th batt colour patch, slouch hat, full "1915" leather webbing in 'battle order' with blue enamalled waterbottle, bayonet and entrenching tool

 

 

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