Item:
ONJR0027WH

Original British WWII 21st Army Group Royal Artillery P-40 “Battledress” Uniform Set - Beret, Tunic, Shirt, Trousers

Item Description

 Original Items: Only One Set Available. Battledress (BD), later named the No. 5 Uniform, was the combat uniform worn by British Commonwealth and Imperial forces through the Second World War.

Battledress was introduced into the British Army just before the start of the war and worn until the 1960s. Other nations introduced their own variants of battledress during the war, including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States and after the Second World War, including Argentina, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, and Greece.

It was worn mostly but not exclusively in temperate climates. In some armies it continued in use into the 1970s. During the Second World War and thereafter this uniform was also used for formal parades (including mounting the guard at Buckingham Palace) until the re-introduction of separate parade uniforms in the late 1950s.

This is a very nice condition WWII British P-40 “Battledress” uniform top, with patches for the British Royal Artillery. The patches on the left and right sleeve are the “Royal Artillery” rocker in blue with the blue and red shield cross patch for the 21st Army Group. There is also a Glider Pilot patch to the left chest along with multiple medal ribbons.

The jacket is in very good condition. We cannot explain the Glider Pilot patch on the Artillery uniform so this could be a post war addition, but all patches do appear to be original.The jacket is original to WWII and is in fantastic, almost unissued condition. The maker label to the inside shows the maker and size information:

BATTLEDRESS
BLOUSES, 1940 PATTERN
Size No. 18
Height, 6ft. 1in. to 6ft. 2in.
Breast, 43 in. to 44 in.
Waist, 38 in. to 39 in.
1945
(Broad Arrow)

The beret is in excellent condition and still retains full maker and size information on the inside liner:

GRAND ‘MERE
KNITTING
COMPANY
LIMITED
Beret 1945
Size 7 ½

This is a wonderful WWII British Royal Artillery uniform set. Comes more than ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
JACKET -
Collar to shoulder: 10.5”
Shoulder to sleeve: 26.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 19”
Chest width: 24.5”
Waist width: 20.5”
Hip width: 20”
Front length: 24"

SHIRT -
Collar to shoulder: 9”
Shoulder to sleeve: 22”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17.5”
Chest width: 22”
Waist width: 19”
Hip width: 17.5”
Front length: 33.5"

PANTS-
WAIST: 20
INSEAM: 29

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