An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1945 and in a size No.6.
Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.
The jacket features a full set of green coloured, flat revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a steel buckle is fitted and is held in place with two stamped steel buttons, usually associated with early manufacture British military clothing.
Inside the jacket the original label is present and reads 'Overalls Blouses Denim'. It states the size as No.6 and the maker as 'Laznicka'. Below this the 1945 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
The manufacturers name and the font on the label would suggest that this jacket was made in a factory in Europe. It was commonplace for the allies to turn manufacturing of functioning factories over to making their own items as they were liberated.
The jacket is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well with only limited signs of washing. This is of course a 75 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues consummate with its age. There is some wear to the belt where it passes through the metal buckle.
A nice, hard to find war dated example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket.
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