An original British Army Waterproof raincape dating from the Second World War.
This pattern of cape was introduced in 1941 and followed the same basic pattern as those issued during the Great War. These tan examples superseded the earlier brown versions and were replaced in 1945 with the more commonly found green pattern. This pattern saw widespread issue with British soldiers through the Second World War, being carried under the flap of the small pack by many across Normandy, Italy and many other countries fought over by British forces between 1941 and 1944.
The cape is made from a khaki coloured rubberised cotton and features simple stamped holes to the edges rather than the brass eyelets found on earlier examples. It has been used post-war by a girl guide called Ruth Polkinhorn who added some artwork to the exterior. The cape could have been bought from an Army Surplus shop or possibly handed down from a father or uncle who was issued it in the army.
The cape is in used condition with staining etc. The uppermost front button is missing but the cape is still pliable. Please study the pictures provided.
Whilst far from perfect this is still an original WW2 example which could make a good addition to a display.
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