Bush hat in DPDU pattern fabric : Special Air Services Regiment

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Accession Number REL30512.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Nylon, Plastic, Velcro
Maker Combat Clothing Australia P/L
Place made Australia: Queensland, Gold Coast, Southport
Date made c 2002
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-
Description

Bush hat in Mark I (yellow based) Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniform (DPDU) fabric used by a Special Air Service Regiment trooper in Afghanistan. The hat has been field modified by the addition of an adjustable nylon cord chinstrap with a plastic toggle. A small piece of black velcro tape is sewn to the crown, this being used to attach 'glint tape' for visibility to coalition aircraft at night. The owner's name and service number are written inside the hat in black felt pen, and a green fabric label contains manufacturer's details and washing instructions.

History / Summary

Worn by an Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) trooper in Afghanistan, 2002. The bush hat was always worn on operations in preferance to the kevlar helmet, which was only worn when absolutely necessary.