Allies in adversity, Australia and the Dutch in the Pacific War
Australian-made Dutch uniform
The Dutch government-in-exile was keen for its troops to retain their distinctive national identity. It was considered important that both Allies and subjects of the NEI should be reassured by the sight of recognisably Dutch soldiers in uniform. For this reason, efforts were made to issue NEI troops in Australia with their standard clothing, helmets, and weapons. Since supplies could not match demand, it soon became evident that some items would need to be acquired locally, and Australian manufactured clothing was introduced by early 1943.