An original 1940 Dated British Army ordinary ranks khaki drill tunic in good used condition.
This pattern of tunic, or 'frock' to give it its correct name, closely follows that of the pattern worn during the Great War. It is made from a tan - khaki coloured cotton drill and features pleated patch pockets to the chest, epaulettes at the shoulders, a stand and fall collar. The jacket is fitted with a set of brass Kings crown buttons which are all held in place with brass split rings.
Inside the tunic the original label is still present although it is washed out leaving no details legible. There is however a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'Q' which denotes 1940 as the year of issue. There is also a First Field Dress pocket to the interior which is a feature of British tunics from the Great War through to the start of the Second World War.
The tunic is a small size which will suit around a 32" chest and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 17"
Inside arm - 17 1/4"
Outside arm - 21 3/4"
Length - 26"
Shoulders - 15"
The condition of the tunic is good for its age. It shows signs of wear and use but is structurally sound and still wearable. There is some fraying to the top of the right breast pocket as shown in picture 2 but overall it displays well. Please study the pictures to assess the condition before purchasing.
A good early war tunic with a nice clear stamp.