Embroidered wide brimmed US Army desert camouflage hat : Bessie Bardot

Accession Number REL33793
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Embroidery cotton thread, Imitation leather, Metal
Maker Mitchell Profitt Company
Place made United States of America
Date made 2004
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

United States Army desert pattern 'coffee and cream' camouflage wide brimmed hat made from 'Ripstop' type material. Attached is a cotton chinstrap with fake leather toggle. On the front of the crown embroidered in black is 'OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM / BESSIE BARDOT'. There are two metal gauze 13mm diameter air ventilation points on each side of the crown Hat size is 7 1/2 inches.

History / Summary

In September 2004 'Tour de Force II' was formed consisting of Australian performers, artists and celebrities. Their role was to entertain and raise morale amongst Australian Defence Force troops deployed to Iraq and the Northern Persian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst. Tour De Force II consisted of rock music group ‘The Choirboys’, comedian George Smilovich, singer/songwriter Drew McAlister and entertainer, model and author Bessie Bardot. While on tour, the entertainers were supported by a contingent of 18 members from the Royal Australian Air Force Central Band.