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WWII British Uniforms Guide: British Army

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Cobden, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Mike1939

    Mike1939 One of the Regulars

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    My father was with 42 Commando in Malaya at that time.
     
  2. rpoppers

    rpoppers New in Town

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    Can you ID my buttons?

    I've got a few brass buttons which my stepmother left me. She was scottish, and in London during WWII. She told us that the buttons were given to her off a young man's uniform, who had a shine for her and could have gotten in trouble for losing his buttons. They have an elaborate design: what I think of as scottish lion and unicorn rearing on both sides of a shield. There is a small crown above the shield, and a tiny beast--another lion?--on top of the crown. Across the bottom are scrolls of ribbons/wreaths. They say Birmingham Button Co., Ltd. on the back. They have shanks. I'd like to know what branch of the service they were used by; had thought they were RAF but have recently seen some of those and these are very different. It looks like you've done extensive research on WWII uniforms. If you don't recognize these, is there someone you can refer me to? [huh] Thanks for your help.
    rpoppers
     
  3. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    If they look like these...

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    ...then they are standard British General Service buttons.
     
  4. the hairy bloke

    the hairy bloke Familiar Face

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    HELP!

    Did Indian Army troops, deployed in Italy, wear berets?
     
  5. madmart2908

    madmart2908 New in Town

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    did WW2 british officers ever wear commando combined operations patches on their service dress No2 uniforms ? I know some did on battle dress uniforms but did they ever do so on service dress ? I ask because I have come across a supposed 1940's Fad officers service dress No2 uniform ( with royal artillery buttons on jacket ) that has commando combined operations patches sewn on it which is for sale which im interested in buying for 1940's re-actments, would these patches have been worn by officers on this uniform ?
     
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  6. Doctor Jones

    Doctor Jones Familiar Face

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    Sorry to revive this old thread, but I'm a new member and I thought I'd chime in with some photos from my area of interest, the Highland regiments.

    This photo of some Gordon Highlanders in the Phoney War period shows the transition from the WWI-like Service Dress to the familiar WWII Battle Dress. What I find most interesting is the pairing of the Glengarry with BD and the TOS with the old SD.

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    Pipe Major John MacLellan, Seaforth Highlanders, at Edinburgh Castle in 1940

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    Royal Scots Fusiliers and Gordon Highlanders in Italy

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    The Black Watch in France 1944

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    Seaforth Highlanders Of Canada, North Africa

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    Cameron Highlanders of Canada, North Africa

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    Officer, France 1944

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    Gordon Highlanders officer and American officer, one of my favourites

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  7. Doctor Jones

    Doctor Jones Familiar Face

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    Yes the German copy was the M44 field blouse. Well not a "copy" so much as obviously inspired by Battle Dress

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    The American copy, of course, was the famous "Ike Jacket".

    Here's the man himself with the original Ike Jacket, obviously copied from the British BD jacket

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisen...lied_Commanders_after_Germany_Surrendered.jpg
     
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  8. Doctor Jones

    Doctor Jones Familiar Face

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    This is my kit

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    Playing my Starck pipes made in 1945

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    At Fort MacArthur

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  9. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Nice thread.
    Maybe someone can help out with Pattern 37 Battledress trousers made out of denim.
    Looking for those pants to complete my Dunkirk soldier...Have a perfect Pattern 37denim battle dress blouse , now I need the matching trousers.
    Please help.
     
  10. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Try Kevin at Seal Military. He attends many re-enactments and 40's inspired festivals. Check his website, see if he has that which you seek, if he doesn't have it in your size ask him to keep you in mind. More often than not he can source it.
     
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  11. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Thx a lot!
    Happy New Year!
     
  12. Captured battledress was very popular with U-boat crews.

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