My dad was telling me about an incident which happened to my granddad during WW2. He got home leave after serving in the Ivory coast as a blocking force against the Vichy French colonies down south. Part of his uniform was a slouch hat similar to the ones worn by the Australian army. When him and his mate arrived home they were heckled in the street being called Aussie Basstards and other insults due to them still wearing the slouch hats and being mistaken for Australian troops . As this was mid war and everyone knew the bitter fighting going on in the far east at the time why this type of resentment going on? Was it a case of resentment of the Australians being pulled out of the Western desert to fight in the east?