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Naked Army’s early WW2 portrayal shows an infantryman during the dawn attack on established Italian perimeter defences at Bardia, Libya, 3 January, 1941.
Rugged up against the bitter cold in greatcoat, leather jerkin and home-made balaclava, he carries the venerable Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) rifle & 18 inch bayonet, and is portrayed during the opening stages of Australia’s first full engagement against enemy troops in the Second World War.
Naked Army’s Tobruk veteran wears the undress uniform typical of men involved in perimeter patrols during the drawn-out siege at Tobruk. His khaki shirt and shorts, steel helmet & basic webbing equipment are typical of the gear worn by Australian troops during their occupation. His cheerful grin & relaxed pose shows the attitude of the Australian soldier in adversity.
Variants of the same basic hot weather uniform and equipment were worn by Australian & Commonwealth troops in all theatres of operation during WW2.