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Tonga Defence Force WW2

Post  zebra on Tue 22 Nov 2011, 8:20 pm

Hello,

does anyone know what uniforms were worn by the Tonga Defence Force in WW2?
It was formed in 1939 (Wikipedia),and i believe was strongly influenced by New Zealand, so i would assume NZ uniforms,

1939- NZ uniform , WW1 service dress jacket ,short puttees, slouch hat, 1908 webbing?

Not too sure if they had a light weight kd version of the uniform, if so, used in Tonga?

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Re: Tonga Defence Force WW2

Post  Sean on Wed 23 Nov 2011, 5:48 am

The Tongans did use khaki drill in shirts, shorts and native kilts. They also had a supply of 1908 pattern webbing and used standard British small arms. Officers had a peaked cap and Sam Browne belt. Don't think they used putties or boots much. Service dress may have been used by some officers but not the junior ranks.

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Post  Raja on Thu 24 Nov 2011, 8:38 pm

Interesting information Sean, do you know if the Tongan troops wore sidecaps or were issued with helmets?

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Post  Animal on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 3:22 am

Raja wrote:Interesting information Sean, do you know if the Tongan troops wore sidecaps or were issued with helmets?

Ranjit.

In Uniforms Of The World's Police; With Brief Data On Organization, Systems, And Weapons.(Charles C. Thomas, 1968) by James Cramer, there's a photo of a Tongan policeman wearing the skirt with an Australian style slouch hat, so I would imagine that the Defense Force wore a similar headgear.

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Re: Tonga Defence Force WW2

Post  oblongz on Sat 26 Nov 2011, 9:03 pm

Hello,

the following book (which i haven't yet seen or found a copy of) has some information about uniforms on page 142.

"New Zealand army distinguishing patches 1911-1991" part 1 by ? Thomas / ? Lord.


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Re: Tonga Defence Force WW2

Post  giraffe6 on Tue 29 Nov 2011, 8:31 pm

Hello everyone,

i found these photos on the National Library of New Zealand " Digital NZ " website showing Tongan troops.

http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records22668114

http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22896862

http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22347595


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Re: Tonga Defence Force WW2

Post  giraffe6 on Tue 29 Nov 2011, 8:34 pm

Looks like i missed out something on the first web address, try this-


http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22668114



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