Smocks with a similar tag also exist for the Brit OD jackets (1960 Pattern). This might mean that the RAAF have been utilising Brit made smocks since the 1960's. Apart from the label they are pretty much identical to their British counterparts. The manufacturer would be 'James Smith and Co. (Derby) Staveley.
Thanks mate, article updated. I found a matching hood for this jacket but unfortunately only UK marked not Commonwealth of Australia.
I need to find some pics of this smock in use. I'm sure I have seen a pic several times of an RAAF Police dog handler with this smock, jungle green trousers, beret (maybe black or grey?) and a big German shepard, but I can't find it anywhere on the net...
I always found it puzzling why the RAAF decided to go their own way and contract UK made smocks. The Army at the time were already using the US M-65 jackets.
It's also strange that CGCF (Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory) didn't just develop their own cold weather jacket or at least make their own copy. The capability was certainly there evidenced by the dates on some of the Australian made OD Denison parachute jump smocks.
The beret colour would probably be 'RAAF Blue' same colour as what the ADGies wore - and probably the same badge too.
I remember seeing the OD smocks with the C of A labels - so the RAAF used those as well... interesting.
I wonder if 3 RAR or 6 RAR (when they had the airborne capability) ever issued DPM or OD smocks.
The JG or OD M-65 jackets the army issued were called "bush jackets" as I recall... I can't remember if they were Australian or US manufacture.
I think that pic I am thinking of, of the RAAF Police dog handler was actually on a 1980s Defence Force or RAAF recruiting pamphlet. I'll have to dig around a pile of old 1980s recruiting pamphlets I have somewhere...
I don't think 6 or 3 RAR were ever issued DPM or OD smocks but that's only supposition. I do know the fledgling SASR (when they were company strength under RAR auspices) and the Parachute Training School staff were issued the CGCF made OD Denisons.
The history of camouflage in the ADF is a varied and interesting one ... I've seen some pretty wacky stuff both in real life and in print/on video. When the army was primarily outfittted in OD, various sub-units here and there seemed to be doing their own thing camouflage-wise (eg. IRCs, Norforce, 1 CDO and SASR)
The only OD M-65 bush jackets I've seen in Australian service have always been US made, or at least, I've never ever seen one with an Australian tag/label - same go for the liners.
It's ironic how the ADF is still juggling with the cold weather ensemble ...
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