An original WW2 Indian made British Aertex Battledress Jacket as used by a variety of British and Commonwealth servicemen in the latter part of the Second World War.
This pattern of jacket was introduced in 1943 alongside the KD Battledress trousers. It is made from cellular cotton, often referred to as 'Aertex', which is a lightweight, breathable fabric which is ideally suited to hot climates. Based loosely on the woollen battledress, the tunic is cut in a short 'blouson' style and features a full button front with waist belt. As well as this it features pleated chest pockets and an inner pocket. As this blouse was designed to be worn against the skin the button which fastens to the inner pocket is reversed and fastens through the inside of the breast pocket, meaning that the button can't rub on the wearer's skin. All the buttons are the coconut husk type often seen on Indian made clothing and the waist buckle is a chromium plated example.
Inside the jacket the original manufacturer's markings are still present. The usual circular date stamp often found in Indian made items is present and adjacent to this is the size stamp of '6'. The 1944 date is also present to the inside of the waistband and is more legible in person than in the pictures.
The jacket is a small size and has been taken in slightly at the waist. It will suit around a 36" chest and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 21 1/2"
Waist - 1"
Inside arm - 19 1/4"
Outside arm - 22 3/4"
Shoulders - 17"
Length - 20 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. It displays well but may have small issues commensurate with age. The uppermost front button has been removed and some of the stitching on the buttons isn't the best - typical of wartime Indian made items! Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned jacket.
All in all a very nice example of this pattern of jacket with good date stamps.
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