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Original British Army Denim Tank Suit
A scarce original set of British Denim Tank overalls as used during the Second World War.
This pattern of tank suit came into use with the British Army during 1942-43 and was designed to be worn over the Battledress uniform in the same way the two piece denim uniform. These saw extensive issue in Normandy and were well liked due to their lightweight, versatile nature. They were also popular overalls during the post-war period with civilians as they were hard-wearing and ideally suited for use in workshops, garages and other places besides. Due to this they have became very rare to find today and have become a sought-after item by collector.
The overalls are made from the same green sanforized cotton denim material as the two piece set and feature green horn buttons as were standard on British uniform from 1944 onwards. Unlike the two piece set the overalls feature two map pockets, one to the front of each leg. Another feature specific to this model is the additional pen holding section on the front of the left breast pocket. The bottom of each leg features tabs like he early pattern denim which is just another interesting feature of these rare overalls.
The original label is still present inside the overalls. Sadly it has washed out with the details not being clear enough for me to read but is the original issue label, none-the-less.
The overalls are a good size but should be worn oversize for an authentic fit. The measurements below should take this into account, as well as the fact that they are cut very wide in the chest. When laid flat they measure -
Chest - 23”
Waist - 17 1/2”
Inside arm - 20”
Outside arm - 24 1/2”
Inside leg - 31”
The condition of the overalls is very good considering that they are a vintage workwear piece. They have various signs of wear and stains as is to be expected. I have attempted to show these in the photographs so please take time to study them. The original waist belt is no longer present although the belt loops are still intact. The internal harness straps have also been removed as was common practice at the time. There is a hole to the rear as well as a period repair to a rip which can be seen close together in the same photograph.
Altogether these are a good example of these rare overalls in usable condition. They would make a great addition to any collection with a doubt!