UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE BRITISH ARMY DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a British Soldier of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in British militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.
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British Army Beret
British Army Beret, made from wool and adorned with a Corps hat badge. This type of head gear was worn by many troops from various branches of the service.
Pattern 37 Gaiters
Pattern 37 Gaiters with leather straps and re-enforcing. These type of gaiters were widely used by the British Commonwealth Forces during the Second World War. There was a number of slight variations to this pattern of equipment, depending on the manufacturer. This particular pair was manufactured by Tennant Bond and are in 'unissued' condition. The were acquired from Malta in 2006. Once plentiful as a surplus item, all Pattern 37 items are becoming more scarce and from a collectors perspective, will soon be as hard to find as the Pattern 08 Web Equipment of the First World War.
Pattern 37 Gaiters (Manufacturer Stamp)
The manufacture stamp of the above listed pair of Pattern 37 Gaiters; showing the Registered Trade Mark and company title of TENNANT BOND. The numeral '3' denotes the size.
Pattern 37 Gaiters (Cotton Web Straps)
A different version of the Pattern 37 Gaiters. Whilst the manufacturer is unknown, they are dated 1942 and the numeral '1' is an indicator of the size. I have seen photographs of British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian troops - wearing this type of gaiter. A pair of gaiters similar to this (but with brass tabs on the end of the straps) were issued to NX115723 Corporal Franklin George HOLLANDS who served with the Lae Fortress Workshops AIF. These are in the Kokoda Historical Collection with his uniform.