Other ranks service jacket : Turkish Army

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine
Accession Number REL/01208.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Ferrous metal, Wool
Maker Unknown
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey
Date made c 1914-1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Model 1909 pattern pale khaki jacket, coarsely woven with fine cotton warps and slubbed wool wefts in a 3/3 twill. The single breasted jacket has a stand and fall collar with rounded points. Front of jacket fastens with six ferrous metal buttons; five plain and coated with grey and the lowest button bearing the Prussian crown of the German army. On each front, below the waist is a welt pocket with three pointed flap, the outside points rounded. Sleeves are wide and cuffs plain. The back of the tunic has a centre back seam and each back panel narrows towards the hem. There is a short vent at each side seam. Seams have been stitched with either grey or pink thread. Most are machine stitched but some are hand sewn. Jacket was once fully lined with a plain weave grey and white striped cotton; the lining inside the right front has been mostly cut out leaving remnants of lining at each edge and exposing the slubbed plain weave pocket lining. At the back waist lining a rectangular panel has been stitched to house a cotton drawstring of printed blue and white fabric. The sleeves have been lined in the same cream plain weave fabric used for the pocket linings. Neck edge fastens with single small ferrous metal hook and eye.

History / Summary

This uniform was collected during operations in Palestine, possibly from a Turkish prisoner of war, and brought back by the Australian War Records Section around 1919. It was acquired to represent the typically poor quality of uniforms issued to the ordinary Ottoman soldier.