Can anyone help with identification of Battle Dress Blouse
Article about: Hi all, I got given this British Battle Dress Blouse,just trying to work out if it is ww2 or post?,Its a size 5 pretty small. stamps on it are a little faded but i can work them out to be CA
It's a New Zealand one nice! can't make out if its 48 or 43
Last edited by reneblacky; 07-20-2015 at 01:27 AM.
Reason: added text
Nice blouse and in great condition by the look of it.
I didn't realise how much there is to learn about Commonwealth WWII uniforms until I wanted to buy one, I always thought there was the 37 and 40 patterns only, the next variation coming in 1946. What a mistake to think that.
Did Commonwealth troops wear whatever they were given e.g. might Dan's blouse have been worn by Canadian, Brit, Aussie etc. or Kiwis only?
Wartime I think from the pattern.
A nice condition example and the NZ version are not so often seen.
I think they can be seen being worn by any nation and many BD's were produced to supply the British during times of shortages.
its just an opinion.
It should have armpit vents too ?
I read the New Zealand BD's were much sought after as the quality of the wool was much better.
Last edited by Roger M; 07-20-2015 at 09:23 PM.
Cheers for the info guys! So im looking at a New Zealand wartime BD will have to buy an extra small mannequin for it haha.Does anyone know what the CADE stamp stands for?
I think you are correct in the original assumption that it is for Cadet with a missing T. Apparently according to this manual the 1940-50's are very similar apart from the collar in the later Jacket which needs to be altered to the 'rise and fall style'.