Certainly wartime. Originally worn in the ill fated Norway Campaign of 1940.
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Ade is correct, these are kapok filled coats that were made for the 1940 Invasion that never came off, however I understand that as these were not used for that, many were sent to the LRDG and SAS and used there. It does get cold at night in the desert.
As a side note, I have about 20 of these unissued in the basement, they came in 2 styles, I will get photos later. All of mine have the tags and are dated 1940. Also many of mine have what looks to be dark oil stains on them. This is the oils of the kapok coming through.
Dean give me a second to pick my jaw up off the floor I am starting to think a little virtual tour of your basement would make for a good thread a very nice collection of kapoc's sir.
Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.
Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!
I still have several of these if anyone feels the need to own one.