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Australian Combat Equipment Used in the Vietnam War

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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.



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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.

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

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War


“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


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