An British Army winter tank suit dated 1945 and in a size No 3.
These suits were issued to British Troops in the winter of 1944-45 to a variety of armoured units and feature heavily in photographs of the period. They were often referred to as 'Zoot Suits' at the time and in the post-war years as the 'Pixie Suit'. Whilst production carried on in the post-war period, this suit is a scarce wartime manufactured example. Typical traits of wartime suits are the brass 'D.O.T' branded zippers which fasten the front and the green plastic buttons used to secure the chest flap behind these. The original brace straps are still present to the interior and have not been removed as is often found with these suits. The original waist belt is also present which again is often missing.
The suit is typical of tank suits and features the original manufacturer's label in the right hand sleeve. It bears the title 'Oversuit Tank Crews' and states the size as ‘Size No. 3’ which will fit up to a 36-38” chest and a 32” waist. The maker's name of 'A WHYMAN LTD' is present as is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The suit comes complete with an original matching hood. These are often missing from suits offered onto the market today.
The suit is in good condition and has clearly been issued or worn. There is some staining and wear as well as age to some of the metal parts. The zips function well and there are no serious flaws or any damage. On the whole it is a good original wartime example which has a nice, genuine worn look to it. These suits often have large marks on them where the kapok lining has stained the outer in storage which is not the case with this example. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original example with a great 'been there' look about it. A must have for anyone interested in armoured units who served in North West Europe in 1944 and 1945.