In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Australian military undertook a number of tests to find a new camouflage pattern that would suit troops operating in mainland Australia. The resultant pattern used five colours, with blotches of orange-brown, mid-brown, leaf-green and very dark-green overlaid on a greenish sand background. The splotches were in a distinctive shape, known colloquially as ‘hearts and bunnies’ and the camouflage pattern, officially designated ‘Disruptive Pattern Camouflage’ has become known as ‘Auscam’. I must confess that this has to be one of my favourite camouflage patterns so I was very pleased to be able to add an issue shirt to the collection:The shirt is secured up the front by a set of buttons hidden beneath a fly:Two angled breast pockets are fitted, one on each side of the chest:These are again secured by a pair of hidden buttons:The slanted pockets replaced an earlier design of this uniform that had straight pockets and was produced for a short period after the introduction of the camouflage pattern. A third pocket for pencils is sewn to the sleeve:Shoulder straps are fitted:These came with a lovely pair of Royal Australian Navy rank slides for an Able Seaman:Interestingly this particular rank design is one that is home-grown in the country, rather than being adopted form the British military like the other ranks insignia in the RAN.
Each cuff of the jacket has a tab and three buttons allowing the sleeve to be tightened to suit different conditions and preferences:The inside of the jacket has a worn manufacturer’s label indicating that the garment was made in Victoria in 1994:These uniforms could be seen in use by all arms of the Australian military when in ground based roles, but was obviously most commonly worn by the army: