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British WW2 Khaki Drill Bush Jackets

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    Hello, this is Stephane from Switzerland. Could anyone tell me which is the most representative British army khaki drill "bush" jacket in the WW2 North African theatre ? I think there are two patterns, one belted jacket with buttoned bottom pockets and another one in Aertex fabric, without belt and buttoned pockets on chest only. Thanks a lot in advance !

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    Hi Stephane, welcome to the forum!

    There are several styles of these jackets and shirts.

    Personally I would go with the shirt.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hello Ade, thanks a lot for your reply ; do you know if full insignia was worn on those jackets and shirts (for instance divisional and/or regimental patches, sgt stripes, etc...) ?

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    Rank insignia was always worn.

    Unit insignia was worn less often. Sometimes worn as a "slip on" insignia on the shoulder straps.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Here is one of my KD jackets, an American made "War Aid" example made in HBT fabric:

    http://warrelics.eu/forum/uniforms/b...us-made-12448/

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Another one from my collection. This one is an Officers jacket, rank of Captain.

    No markings or labels as it is a private purchase item. Just the odd laundry mark. Most likely made in the Middle or Far East.
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    Another one of mine. This is an issue example made from "Airtex" fabric. The label is very faded but it is dated 1943.

    Badged to a Capt in the 44th Indian Airborne Div. The insignia is fitted on press stud fasteners. Please ignore the wings as these are a replacement repro set as the originals were missing when I bought the jacket.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Heres a couple from my collection:

    First two photos are of a RAMC Majors grouping, and the second pic is a Pay corps captains tunic.

    I have a few more KD tunics in a box somewhere and they areall different. I will dig them out and post some photos.
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    Some more KD uniform items from my collection:

    A bush jacket and trouser grouping, sadly no belt (probably indian made)
    Royal engineers captains tunic
    Royal artillery tunic
    South Stafs two pocket tunic (pre ww2?)
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    Gorgeous ! Thanks a lot for your photos ! Hats off ! Ade, I was considering to buy the same jacket as your Indian Airborne one, though I thought this pattern was not worn by officers but rather enlisted men. Cheers, Stephane.

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