An original theatre made British Khaki Drill shirt in good condition as used by the British Army, RAF and others during WW2.
This shirt is theatre made, most likely in India. A large proportion of KD items issued during the Second World War were made in India due to the short supply routes for the Middle East and Far East Campaigns.
The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing.
The stitching is typical of theatre made items being somewhat inconsistent. The button holes are all hand sewn which is another common feature and the buttons are clearly of foreign origin with a fantastic green hue.
The shirt is a smaller size which will suit someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 21"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 16 1/4"
The shirt is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has had some wear but only a limited amount with no signs of excessive use. The is a section of roughly 2" long where the stitching on the collar has come away and needs tacking back if the shirt is going to be worn, although this is not a difficult task.
All in all a nice original period Khaki Drill shirt which would make a good addition to any collection.