Giggle Hat Recycled: The Story of Internment Camps in NSW
During the Second World War (1939-45) the Australian army issued a working uniform made of khaki cotton. It received a mixed reaction from the men who had to wear it. Many considered that it made them look like clowns, so it was nicknamed the ‘giggle suit’.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive