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About the uniforms, the Australian Government requested uniform replacements to be sent via the ICRC ( Dr Georges Morrel) from Berlin to Australia, after a long wait the request was denied, but it was agreed to send bolts of cloth, badges, buttons, decorations and other embelishments so uniforms could be made in Australia and equiped according to German regulations.
They were recieved by the CGCF, (Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory) and about 10 German POWs who were taylors in prewar Germany were sent to the CGCF to make uniforms for the German POWs in Australia.
Other articles of clothing such as underpants, socks, shirts, boots and belts were Australian Army issue and replaced as needed or worn out.
I have a copy of the document from the Minister of the Army (Frank Forde) dated 1943 authorising the above and photos of GPWS in their newly issued uniforms.