Australian Military Vehicles Research
This figure is armed with the Australian-developed Owen sub-machinegun (with spare magazines in basic pouches) and a number of Mills bombs - unfortunately, no examples of the Owen SMG are known to be currently available in 1/35th scale. Other common small arms in use at this time were the SMLE No.1 Mk.III* with 17in No.1 Mk.I bayonet and Bren light machinegun.
The webbing equipment is the Australian jungle version of the standard 1937 pattern having larger basic pouches (9 x 6.75 x 3.75ins) and broader shoulder braces sections (3.25ins), with water bottle fixed directly to the web belt under the right arm and small pack on the left hip. While not clear, the circular object just behind the water bottle may be the Australian quartpot type mess tin. Web equipment modified in this fashion was issued in relatively limited numbers before the end of the war, but are a by no means uncommon sight in photographs taken in New Guinea and Balikpapan during operations in 1945 (see, for example, AWM photos 073584 and 073614 [New Guinea] and 110327, 110990 and 110991 [Balikpapan]).
The above photos were taken some years ago in the old Pacific war display area of the Australian War Memorial - sadly, this display in its original form no longer exists.
References (& suggested reading):
Osprey Men-at-Arms no.123 "The Australian Army at War 1899-1975" by John Laffin & Mike Chappell
"Khaki Drill & Jungle Green: British Tropical Uniforms 1939-45 in Colour Photographs" by Martin J. Brayley & Richard Ingram
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