"…knowing him, and something of his deeds, it was impossible not to believe in greatness. In that square figure was housed a spirit of grandeur, and with his massive heroism went gentleness and modesty, even humility. He had no need to proclaim his virtue, for history would be his spokesman."
Eric Linklater on Wavell.
Yes, WW2 British.
Looks like "Hose Tops" (like socks minus the foot) and an undershirt.
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Beat me to it Ade!
Totally agree with your recognition on both mate.