An original Second World War British Army Ordinary Ranks Collarless Shirt, clearly dating from the mid-war period.
This pattern of shirt was introduced in the mid 1930s replacing the ‘grey back’ shirt issued during the Great War. The shirt is made from a khaki green wool flannel material and features a half placket, or 'tunic', front which fastens with three buttons. The collar is made of khaki coloured cotton drill whilst the buttons are a mixture of stamped zinc examples as used on early war shirts, and plastic buttons used on mid-war shirts. These have obviously been replaced by the original wearer as the originals have fallen off.
The shirt is a small size which will suit around a 34" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 20"
Inside arm - 20 1/2"
Outside arm - 22"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
Collar - 15"
The shirt is in good condition with limited signs of wear and use. It displays well and is wearable but It is a vintage shirt which is over 80 years old so may have small flaws commensurate with age. There is a period repair to the back of the left sleeve as illustrated in picture 7.
Original wartime ordinary ranks shirts are hard to find making this a fantastic collectors piece.
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