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  • Australian Officers in shorts and Sam Brown belt.....

    An interesting photo from diggerhistory files, showing four Australian officers in a combination of uniform only seen in that country. Would that pass muster with a British RSM.....
    Jo
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    Tropical dress!
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    • #3
      Well a real relaxed and unconventional army for sure.
      Jo
      "There truly exists but one perfect order: that of cemeteries. The dead never complain and they enjoy their equality in silence." -

      “There are things we know that we know,” “There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know.”
      Donald Rumsfeld, before the Iraqi Invasion,2003.

      Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.

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      • #4
        I cannot see a problem, quite a smart and practical order of dress and four rather smart officers too! (Makes a change).

        Andy (Ex Guards RSM)

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        • #5
          Me neither. Looks like pretty standard tropical parade uniform to me. In any case most of us stopped being frighten of the RSM about the time we put up our third pip! Thereafter he was usually a friend and ally!
          Eddie

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          • #6
            Not only tropical dress. We wore shorts with Polyesters in Australia during summer.

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            • #7
              Hi getns, it's just that here in Canada, we don't have a tropical climate. For us a heat wave is when it is between 80 and 90 degrees F (25 t0 35 C) sometimes a bit more...... for a week.
              Jo
              "There truly exists but one perfect order: that of cemeteries. The dead never complain and they enjoy their equality in silence." -

              “There are things we know that we know,” “There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know.”
              Donald Rumsfeld, before the Iraqi Invasion,2003.

              Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chrisr View Post
                Not only tropical dress. We wore shorts with Polyesters in Australia during summer.
                Where shorts also worn in Perth ? Or were they only worn in Darwin, Cairns and Townsville?

                Mick
                Looking for Australian military books?

                Regimental Books - Australian Unit History specialists

                Chasing militaria? I recommend:

                Militaria Online - Australian Militaria Sales

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                • #9
                  I've worn them in Wodonga, Adelaide, Melbourne, anywhere you can get away with it. Poly shorts or JG shorts (pre-cams)

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                  • #10
                    Same as Seanus. Wore them all over Australia, including Perth, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin, Victoria and in the United States . Also wore JG shorts as working dress. Nothing special about them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Voltigeur View Post
                      An interesting photo from diggerhistory files, showing four Australian officers in a combination of uniform only seen in that country. Would that pass muster with a British RSM.....
                      Jo
                      http://www.diggerhistory.info/images...y_officers.jpg
                      Tropical dress Malaya circa 1960s (early). Standard issue uniform - similar (except for the slouch hat) to British tropical dress of the same period except for the type of cloth used in the shirts.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rubberfrog View Post
                        Tropical dress Malaya circa 1960s (early). Standard issue uniform - similar (except for the slouch hat) to British tropical dress of the same period except for the type of cloth used in the shirts.
                        We ORs wore the same style in Hong Kong mid 60s and even had locally made shirts and shorts in similar material.

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