Country of Origin:
"G'day mate, let's bag a few commies"
Reproduction wool felt slouch hats as issued to the Australian Army during the Vietnam War era as imported by "COMMANDO" of Australia. These awesome hats feature a Vietnam era 5th pattern (1966-1972) "Rising Sun" cap badge with the embossed "Australian Military Force" marking, copied directly with the permission of the Australian Department of Defence.
The slouch hats were likely first issued to Australian forces in 1885 to the Victoria Mounted Rifles, intentionally "slouched" upward on the left to accommodate for the slope and shoulder arms drills of the Victorian era.They would soon feature the distinctive "pugaree" wrap around the centre of the hat, inspired by the pagri turbans and headwraps of the Indian subcontinent. Intended as a way to insulate has in tropical environments, they'd be adopted in the Australian slouch hat design, with seven pleats to represent the states and territories of Australia. They'd see extensive usage outside of Australia as a uniform component of Imperial forces in tropical environments in both the First and Second World Wars, notably being adopted by the British and Indian Army's Gurkhas and still finding usage with this legendary unit today. It'd also serve as an iconic head dress of the extremely distinguished ANZACs of the Great War.
Sizing Guide (be forewarned, these run pretty large, hence the chinstrap!):
- 58 cm - 7 1/4 inches diameter
- 59 cm - 7 3/8 inches diameter
- 60 cm - 7 1/2 inches diameter
The legend lives on!
All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD). We ship internationally!