I'm slowly learning about the uniforms worn by the Brits in ww2, and hadn't really paid attention to the differences until I put some pictures side by side. Were the P37 uniforms worn mainly by the Home Guard? or were they handed down after the P40 uniforms came out? I want to put together a manequin, of a Tommy, but have to stay in a budget, but am not quite sure what time frame to pursue. I know the Dutch, the Danes and the Greeks all copied British kit, and have a Danish P37 belt, small pack. How close were they copied? I want to use these pieces to stand in until I can get the rest of the actual pieces.
Sorry, I'm rambling, if I was going for Italy say, 1943-44, would a P37 uniform be ok? or would they all be wearing P40? or would it be a light weight version?
I'm just asking here quick, there's an auction for a Greek copy of a P37 jacket I'm hoping stays around 25 dollars, and a repro of a summer weight P40 that's 70. The seller is saying that the repro was something that would have been worn in Italy, I know how sellers can be sometimes. I found an original I like, but it's already 60 with a couple days to go yet, and it being original, I wouldn't want to add any patches as it has none right now. Or would I be better off looking for a tropical type shirt, like what would have been worn in the desert? I know I have to read more, I was just hoping for a nudge in one direction or another. Thank you
The Greek copy