Out in the Cold: Australia's involvement in the Korean War
- Australians in Korea
- Australian Operations
- Weapons of War
- Faces of War
- Armistice and Aftermath
Weaponry and communications
M-1951 armoured vest
The Korean War saw the first use of modern armoured, or ballistic, vests.
Designed by the US Marine Corps, these vests contained plates of bonded
fibreglass armour. Capable of stopping pistol bullets but not rifle or
machine-gun bullets, the vests were intended to protect the wearer from
grenade and shell fragments. The vest was also able to stop bayonet thrusts.
The Australian battalions received limited quantities of armoured vests
late in the war and used them to outfit the patrols and raiding parties
that ventured out into
no man's land.