Akubra Second World War General Service Slouch Hat
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This hat is a reproduction of those worn by the Australian troops during the Second World War. The 100% fur felt Akubra slouch hat is fitted with a reproduction First/Second World War Commonwealth Pattern hat badge, an adjustable leather chin strap, and reproduction khaki puggaree.
At the outbreak of the Second World War the Australian Imperial Force were clothed and equipped little different to those of the First World War. The slouch hats were worn with a plain khaki wool hat band, and a Commonwealth Pattern ('rising sun') badge. The left brim of the hat was upturned and held to the crown by a brass hook and eye. The oxidised (blackened) badge was affixed to the upturned brim. The crowns of the hats were creased. The only difference between the hat worn during the Second World War and that in the First was that the unit colour patch was affixed to the hat band on the right hand side (opposite the upturned brim).
The folded puggaree, used prior to the war but abandoned in favour of the plain khaki wool hat band, began being issued and worn on the slouch hats from around 1943. As with the plain hat band the unit colour patch was affixed to the hat band on the right hand side.
These hats are an exacting reproduction of the slouch hat worn by the Australian soldiers during the Second World War. The 100% fur felt hat is made by Akubra, a company that has supplied, and continues to supply, hats to the Australian Army since the early 20th century. To these hats are attached a reproduction of the Commonwealth Pattern badge, khaki puggaree, and adjustable leather chin strap. We regret that we are unable to attach colour patches to the puggaree.
100% fur felt slouch hat made in Australia by Akubra Hats.
Reproduction blackened Commonwealth Pattern badge.
Adjustable leather chin strap.