|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
First World War, 1914-1918
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A WWI AIF soldier displaying a front view of an Australian 1915 Pattern leather equipped uniform. ...
A WWI AIF soldier displaying a front view of an Australian 1915 Pattern leather equipped uniform. The pouches, belt and shoulder straps were made of green hide and the side pack and water bottle holder made of canvas. This model equipment was made due to a shortage of British 1908 Mills webbing equipment. The Australian equipment was used in France and Belgium in the early stages of the war and was found to be unsatisfactory in the wet and muddy conditions. It was replaced by British web equipment as quickly as possible. The item in front of the bayonet scabbard held a helve which served as a handle for trenching tools carried on the soldier's back as shown in H13976A. (Donor J.K. Jensen)