I was looking at these old photos showing WW1 and WW2 beer bottles in areas of active service, and it got me thinking about brands of beer supplied to the troops.
I found a vague reference to Cooper's being supplied to the Australian troops, but no other information. My father seems to recollect Resch's beer supplied to them up in the Islands during WW2. The photos aren't very clear.
These are some of my dad's mates in the 2/9th. AIF. It could be at Morotai, but most likely at Balikpapan at war's end.
The bottles look to be the current shape of Australian beer bottles, but the brand is not obvious.
Another couple of his mates with a different bottle type.
A close up of those same bottles. I don't think it's Cooper's beer.
Some of my Great Uncle's mates with the 5th L.H. Regiment during WW1.
I'm fairly sure these are Cooper's bottles. It looks like the Cooper's barell on the labels.
Close up of the same. I'd say definitely a type of Cooper's beer.
I'd tend to think just one company would have the contract to supply beer to the forces, but maybe they had a variety.
I was also wondering if anyone from the U.K. and/or U.S. had any knowledge of beer supplies to their troops during the wars.