Australian Mosquito Gloves

As one might expect, the Australian Army looked to fellow Empire countries for inspiration for much of the equipment they produced during World War II. A little more unusually, however, they also copied some designs from their enemy, the Japanese. One of those items copied from the Japanese were anti-mosquito gloves with a very distinctive feature. These gloves are in a mitten form and are made of tan cotton:

The distinctive feature of these mittens is the tips of the fingers and thumb which have opening flaps:

This feature was copied directly from the Japanese and allows them to be folded back to give the wearer greater dexterity for fine motor tasks:

A draw string is attached to the wrist to help pull it in and keep mosquitos out:

The mittens are stamped on the interior with a store’s code, date of 1943 and the Australian Department of Defence mark of D/|\D:

This was not the only style of anti mosquito glove used by the Australians, and the long five fingered design as used by Britain and India can also be found. Despite the folding palm and thumb, like all other designs of anti mosquito these mittens seem highly impractical and would only have been of utility in rear areas where quick reactions and use of fingers to operate weapons were not required.

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