An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1955 and in a size No. 6.
Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.
The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period brass split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a chromium plated buckle which is held onto the jacket with green plastic buttons.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present although it is somewhat washed out. The size is marked as 6 and the 1955 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 24"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Waist - 18"
The jacket is in well worn condition and has a number of flaws as can be seen in the pictures. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
Altogether a good example of a Denim Battledress Blouse!
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