Original 1944 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Aertex Battledress Jacket

Original 1944 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Aertex Battledress Jacket

Code: 53001


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 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. There is evidence of where brass shoulder titles have previously been fitted to the epaulettes. 

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 bears the date of October 1944. Another date stamp in red can be seen to the interior which again states 1944 as the year of manufacture. There is also the number 10 which denotes the size. 

The jacket is a larger size and will fit a 38" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures - 

Chest - 22 1/2"
Waist - 16 1/2"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 23"
Shoulders - 17"
Length - 20"

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. 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.