United Nations cap : Major A A Nikolic, United Nations military observer

Accession Number REL39185
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Embroidery cotton thread, Metal
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1990
Conflict Period 1990-1999

Blue baseball style cap with a blue and white embroidered United Nations badge sewn to the centre front. There are two vent holes on each side of the crown. The white tag inside has 'REQ.NO.UNSO/HQ/87-13 / SIZE 71/2' printed in black. 'MAJ NIKOLIC (AUSTRALIA)' is writen in faint blue ink on the inside of the sweatband.

History / Summary

This United Nations cap was supplied to Major Andrew Nikolic by the UN for use in his deployment as a United Nations Military Observer in Israel, Syria and South Lebanon, between November 1990 and November 1991.

Nikolic migrated from Yugoslavia. He enlisted in the Australian Army in 1979. Nikolic was promoted to major just before his first overseas posting in November 1990, as a United Nations Military Observer to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Israel and Syria. The duration was for a year until November 1991. His first duty station, until April 1991, was the Observer Group Golan-Tiberias. Nikolic served first in static observation posts (OP’s) and was then selected to visit OPs on both Israeli and Syrian sides of the area of separation.

His second duty station was with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon between May and November 1991. After serving in static OP’s in South Lebanon Nikolic was selected as team leader of Mobile Team Zulu. This involved him and his partner investigating incidents along the border of southern Lebanon and Israel.