Tank suit : Private R Langford, 5/7 (Mechanised) Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Jungle green tank suit. The front is fastened with a double ended zip with two brass hooks and eyes at the neck. Shoulder straps are sewn to the arm seam and buttoned at the neck. There is a large patch pocket on each leg, secured by a button concealed by the pocket flap, with a smaller patch pocket above the right pocket only. There are two patch breast pockets, each secured by a button concealed by the flap. The left breast pocket has eight full length narrow pen pockets for pens and pencils and eight half length narrow pockets for Chinagraph pencils sewn on the front. 'ARMSTRONG' is written in faded red ink in large letters over the right breast pocket. A green tag in the back has the name 'R Belli' written in black ink. There are two slash pockets at the hips. The leg fit can be adjusted by means of two buttons and a flap at the bottom of each cuff. There are additional interior pockets and a cotton cord has been threaded through the inside waist to facilitate a tighter fit.
Associated with the service of 325878 Private Ross Trevor Langford, who enlisted on 23 June 1983. During his service he was deployed to Rifle Company in Butterworth, Malaysia, for training between March and June 1986. Private Langford served with 5/7 (Mechanised) Infantry Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) as a forward scout, driver of an M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC). He later served as a crew commander. Langford was qualified to drive all wheeled B Class vehicles, including and up to the Mack and all of its configurations. He was discharged on 22 June 1989. This pattern of tank suit was introduced in 1956, initially in black. The colour was changed in 1964 to green. Green remained in service until 1994, when it was superceded by the Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform tank suit. The left breast pocket has eight full length narrow pen pockets for pens and pencils and eight half length narrow pockets for Chinagraph pencils sewn on the front. Crew Commanders required many different colours, hence the large number of pockets, however theories abound as to the actual uses of all pockets, including use to hold small arms ammunition, detonators and electrical fuses.