PRE 1950s UNIFORMS.

WW11 RAF corporal's service dress jacket dated 1941. note the medal ribbons from left to right 1939-1945 star, 1939-1945 defence medal, 1939-1945 campiagn medal.

WW11 RAF WAAF jacket dated 1942. The propeller badge on the sleeve denotes that her rank was leading aircraft's women.

Royal army ordnance corps Officers WW11 service dress tunic. The medal ribbons are starting in the top left corner....39-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star the bottom row left is a faded out Defence Medal(the white should be green, British War Medal. The numeral '1' on the Africa Star ribbon denotes service with the 1st British Army between 23 Oct 1942 and 23 May 1943.

Battle dress became general issue in 1938 replacing service dress although it took until spring 1940 to achieve this and with several marks and variations lasted till the late 50s. Britain produced Five marks of battle dress over the years.battle dress serge and patterns 40, 46, 47, 49' There was also an American pattern plus Canadian. Other commonwealth countries also made battle dress which were all used by the British army. The one below is an Australian made Battle dress blouse dated 1943 it seems to be a copy of the first British pattern battle dress serge.

Pattern 40 Battle dress. Known as the austerity pattern it was made to save on time and materials and became general issue in june1941 unlike the battle dress serge all the buttons were exposed and the pocket pleats disappeared and by January 1943 only one inside pocket .

pattern P47 Battle dress. The pocket pleats are back and front buttons covered plus the collars have altered to allow for shirt and tie.

Pattern 49 Lieutenant Colonels REME Battledress dated 1949. The flash on this next Battledress denoted anyone who belonged to the headquartercompany of the permanent staff in any regiment or corps in training Battalions in the UK thanks to Jim Wilberforce for this information. The third picture shows a p49 royal armoured corps privets blouse.

RAF battle dress Blouse dated 1947 with Kings crown buttons. Battle dress was first introduced in the RAF in 1942 This style of battle dress was introduced in 1947 it is similar to the army pattern 47 battle dress the differences are, the half belt at the bottom is fastened by a hook and bar system rather than a buckle and has a shaped cuff pointed at the upper edge with no button hole. Its seen better days unfortunately.

RAF regiment battle dress Blouse No 2 home dress dated 1953 with Kings crown buttons. This style of battle dress was introduced in 1949 the differences from the previous pattern are different style of collar, no central back seam and no button hole in the collar, plus this one has a lining. .

WW11 officers Royal army service corps great coat. Note the hole for the sword handle on the left side just above the pocket.

Leather Jerkin No 2 dated 1942, the No 1 was used in WW1, very popular with the troops, note the patches of leather used on the bottom of the Jerkin so no leather went to waste .

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