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Australian made Service Caps for the Dutch (Dutch Eastindies) during ww2 in Australia

Article about: Hello, is there anyone who could help me with info about Australian production of Service Caps for lowerranking servicemen of the Dutch Eastindies Army during ww2 under McArthur present in A

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    Quote by Polly View Post
    An other special view let see on his short brim cap the maleis (Indonesian) word "ADA" which means "Being present/Here I am".
    Dutch soldiers of the KL often wrote such things on the brim inside !
    Nice detail I must say.
    Can you tell me was your uncle Vrijwilliger (Voluntair) or Diensplichtig (conscripted) ?
    I do have a bit on stuff related to that and would like to show
    Regards,

    Polly
    G'day Polly,
    Ada is/was my Aunt's name as he was courting her at the time -hence the cap, and I believe he was a conscript.
    Regards
    René

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    Yes that could be possible too ! Ada as a name for a girlfriend.
    A lot of words, sentences or even names of girlfriends were being written on that hbt shortbrim cap.
    "Als je maar lachen kan" (As long as you can laugh"), "de beuk erin" (I will destroy), "kom maar op" (I don't have fear), "awas antjing" (Indonesian for "beware of the dog") and so on
    The first conscripts were from 1944 and went first to England or Australia for basictraining before they went to the tropics.
    In the Indies they received further jungletraining from KNIL

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    "The first conscripts were from 1944 and went first to England or Australia for basictraining before they went to the tropics."

    Perhaps you could explain this a little more. Were these conscripts after the D Day invasion and liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi rule? And why was the focus on the East Indies, rather than joining the Allies pushing the Germans back to Germany, or did conscripts join the fight on both fronts?

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    G'day Polly,
    Ada is/was my Aunt's name as he was courting her at the time -hence the cap, and I believe he was a conscript.
    I should add that the pic I post is from the 50's
    Regards
    René

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    Rene,

    whether or not endtime ww2, police actions period or post NEI-period, the facts are the same for this kind of uniform, writings on the short hbt brimcap. The camo uniform might already be Dutch fabrication, even the brim cap might be. No panic ! The Dutch were still present till late '60
    (New Guinea) through their 6th Infantry Brigade.

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