Original 1945 Dated British Army General Service Beret - Size 7 3/8

Original 1945 Dated British Army General Service Beret - Size 7 3/8

Code: 51147

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An original 1944 dated large size 7 3/8 British Army General Service Cap, often referred to as a ‘beret’, made from serge.

This pattern of hat came into issue with the British Army in 1943 and replaced the Field Service Cap. It saw widespread issue with the British Army for the rest of the war and is now synonymous with the British Tommy in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1944-45.

This particular example is unissued and is made from the same serge as used on the battledress uniform and were a common issue item during 1944-45.

The interior features the original makers markings as well as the War Department broad arrow issue stamp. These are still very bright and legible with the manufactures name clearly marked as ‘J. Compton Sons & Webb Ltd’ and the date of 1945 being very clear. The size is marked and the War Department broad arrow is also present. A separate War Department broad arrow issue stamp is also present to the interior of the cap.

The exterior of the cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. The khaki green werge wool is without any issue that I can see and it displays very well. There is a small hole for a cap badge to be fitted which is ben carefully hand stitched in green thread.

All in all a very good example of a wartime GS Beret in great condition in a large hard to find size. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!