Australian military uniforms and equipment

In March 1901, the Commonwealth Ministry of Defence took control of all the state military forces. A new Commonwealth uniform pattern was introduced in 1903 which incorporated individual regimental colours, and new badges and buttons to distinguish regiments and corps. The slouch hat was included as headgear, but the colourful uniforms of the colonial forces were replaced with standardised pattern khaki.

The following articles on the Memorial’s website provide information on various military uniforms and may assist with identification.

First World War

Australian Army Nursing Service

Nurses’ outdoor dress uniforms 1914-1915

Nurses’ outdoor dress uniforms 1916-1918

Nurses working dress, 1914–1918

Australian Imperial Force (AIF)

The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Other ranks uniform 1914-1918

The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) headwear 1914-1918

The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) badges 1914-1918

Australian issued rifles and bayonets of the First World War

Military helmets – an introduction

Pattern 1908 web equipment 1914-1918

Slouch hat

Soldiers’ kit, First World War (1914)

Australian identity discs of the First World War

Second World War

Military helmets – an introduction

Understanding Identity discs Part 2: Second World War, Royal Australian Navy

Understanding Identity discs Part 3: Second World War, Army

Understanding Identity discs Part 4: Second World War, Royal Australian Air Force

RAAF boots

These boots are made for walking...

These boots are made for walking... too!

Bomber crew

Striking by night: uniforms

Last updated: 03/21/2018