The Australians, like the British, frequently wore unit t-shirts when on operations in the War on Terror. Whilst the British examples in my collection were most typically fairly sedate affairs, with just an embroidered badge over the left breast, today we are looking at a very elaborate and well printed Australian example produced for soldiers of the 3/4 Cavalry Regiment:
The front is fairly plain, with the Regiment’s cap badge printed on it, together with details of the operation it was produced for in Kabul in 2014-2015. The front also includes those typical Australian emblems of a kangaroo and a boomerang:
The 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment is an armoured unit within the Australian Army’s Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Formed in 1981 with the amalgamation of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the 4th Cavalry Regiment, from 1986 to 2014 the unit consisted of an independent squadron, B Squadron 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment, within the 3rd Brigade in Townsville, Queensland.
It is on the rear of the t-shirt that it gets more interesting however, with a large cartoon devil printed on it:
Other printing is on the arms of the t-shirts and features the badges of FN in Belgium:
The Australian Army used a number of FN’s products including the FNMAG (GPMG) and the minimi, suggesting that 1 Troop was equipped with one or more of these weapons. The opposite sleeve is printed with the Australian flag:
This is a great example of these semi-official unit t-shirts and as my selection of War on Terror era Australian Army is still limited this is a great find that fits in brilliantly with the rest of my Australian collection.