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Australian Combat Equipment Used in the Vietnam War

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#1 Brian Keith

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 09:33 AM

Australian forces used a mix of British Pattern 58 and US style equipment for their ground troops in Vietnam.
In this display you will see the Australian Back Pack, a water bladder, the equipment belt and yoke with various pouches and the unmistakable Digger hat.
Most of this equipment was made in Australia.
I purchased these items at a collector liquidation auction. The uniform had sold prior to me getting to the sale. I don't know where the original collector acquired the items. I made the photo during an exhibit we did locally for the 4th of July celebration, the exhibit featured the Vietnam War. The hat is dated 1968 and belongs to a buddy.
Thanks for looking.

#2 Turbokidd

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 12:59 AM

Thanks for posting, very interesting stuff.


I recently saw the movie Danger Close, about the battle of Long Tran. I didn’t know much about Australia’s contribution to the Vietnam War. I posted a question about it in the movies section.

#3 ParaOps

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:04 AM

Nicely done.


The Vietnam era equipment was worn into the early 90's.



#4 gwb123



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:20 PM

Always good to see Australian gear and uniforms.  Very hard to find in the US.

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