An original Indian made British Khaki Drill Airtex Bush Shirt as worn during the Second World War by the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and many more.
This pattern of jacket came into use around 1942 with British Forces and saw continued use through to the end of WW2. It is made from cellular cotton, often referred to as 'Aertex', which is a lightweight, breathable fabric which is ideally suited to the tropics. They saw widespread issue in the Middle East, Far East and Italian Campaigns.
The jacket features a fully buttoning front, buttoning chest pockets and lower flapped pockets. Epaulettes are fitted to the shoulders and button cuffs can be found at the end of each sleeve.
Inside the jacket the original manufacturer's stamp is present and bears the date of October 1944. There is another stamp which bears the numeral '9' and most likely relates to size. As well as this there is a second date stamp which also reads 1944.
The jacket is a medium size which will fit around a 40-42" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 24""
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/4"
Shoulders - 18 3/4"
Length - 33 1/2"
The jacket is in sound wearable condition as can be seen in the pictures. It only shows limited signs of wear and displays well. There are a couple of holes to each epaulette which would suggest this original belonged to a British Army officer and there is a mark to the rear.
Altogether this is a good example with a nice clear wartime date. It would make a great addition to any WW2 collection!
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