Desert or tropical K.D. jacket?

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by High Wood, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    This buttonless tunic came out of a long forgotten trunk and smells strongly of mothballs. It is much darker than the usual desert issue. I am wondering if this is because it has never been worn and is therefore unwashed and unfaded or if it was intended for use in a tropical theatre. it appears to have been privately tailored as there are no acceptance stamps present anywhere on the inside.

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  2. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    More pictures.

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  3. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Thank you Ron. The desert issue seems to have been several shades lighter and I am not even sure if this is WW2 as there was no provenance.

  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Might be privately made Officers Jacket from WW1

  6. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Brayley and Ingram's Khaki Drill & Jungle Green characterises it as an 'early-war specification bush jacket with pleated breast pockets and bellows skirt pockets'. It certainly looks more like KD than JG.

    It's not clear in the photos: are there holes for buttons to be mounted with split rings, rather than being sewn in? That might suggest brass buttons, so perhaps it's more a KD SD-style tunic than a bush jacket?
  7. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    There are indeed small circular holes for buttons to be mounted with split rings and when I bought the tunic it had brown football type buttons held in with brass rings but they were made of some plastic type material rather than leather. I assumed that they were not original to the uniform.
  8. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Here are the buttons that were on the tunic. If they are original I will put them back on.

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  9. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    It is a typical Officer's KD worn in lieu of the SD tunic of any time from 1912 to 1960. There are lots of variations as Officers would have at least two or three and many would be made 'locally'.

    Working in military museums you got to see a lot of these - trying to identify a 'pattern' or standard was a nightmare e.g. the pocket styles were varied - concealed, patch, gusseted or cargo and the flap shapes were not consistent. Dating was by whatever else was in the chest it came with and the Officer's career. I have seen one from the 1930's with a Maltese tailor's label to a Lt. however bearing 2nd WW medal ribbons and Colonel's insignia having been worn in India Post War. There are also some colour variations on KD however some are official (some cavalry regiments have a more 'light stone' colour I seem to recall).
  10. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your comprehensive answer. Unfortunately the man who sold it to me had already sold off other related items before I got to his stall.
  11. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Here are some photographs that show the difference in colour.

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