Peaked cap : Communist Terrorist

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number RELAWM40109
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Aluminium, Canvas, Leather, Plastic
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1950-1956
Conflict Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Hand made khaki canvas peaked cap. The crown of the cap is constructed of five triangular panels, and the brim is made from a double layer of canvas for stiffness. A brown leather chinstrap with aluminium slides is attached above the brim by a pair of brown plastic buttons. There are four brass ventilation eyelets let into the sides of the cap, and a cotton cord, possibly intended as a functional chin- or headstrap is knotted through the rearmost pair. On the front of the peak is a hand embroidered five-pointed red star. The cap is unlined and crudely finished. Remant of plastic lining at seam edge.

History / Summary

Cap taken from a captured Communist Terrorist by members of 2 Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in Malaya during 1956.