A nice original British Army winter tank suit dated 1944 and in a large size No 5.
These suits were issued 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 chocolate brown coloured 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 states the size as ‘Size No. 5’ which will fit up to a 40" - 42” chest and a 36" - 38” waist. The 1944 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
The suit is in worn condition with plenty of signs of wear and use. The exterior features various staining and there is wear to the bottom of each leg. The brass parts have tarnished but are all present. The right map pocket securing stud has ripped through the outer layer of material but is still attached by the rear layer and therefore functions as it should. The tank suit has an amazing 'been there' look about it and it would look fantastic if worn or put on display. The condition has been reflected in the price and please study the pictures before purchasing.
This would undoubtedly make a great addition to any collection and is a hard to find large size. A must have for anyone interested in armoured units who served in North West Europe in 1944 and 1945!