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  • UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES (USAAF) IN BRITAIN, 1942-1945

    UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES (USAAF) IN BRITAIN, 1942-1945

    part of "FREEMAN ROGER (MR) COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: USSTAF photographer

    FRE 9885

    A gunner of the 8th Air Force wearing combat headgear. Printed caption on reverse: 'US FLYING FORTRESS GUNNER DISPLAYS BATTLE DRESS. A B-17 Flying Fortress gunner of the Eighth US Air Force is shown wearing combat headgear with oxygen mask and...

  • Socks, khaki (long): British

    Socks, khaki (long): British

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12892

    Second World War period British Army issue socks.

  • knickers, ersatz, German

    knickers, ersatz, German

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 7839

    First World War period German civilian 'ersatz' clothing. German home front associations.

  • Make-Do and Mend - Exhibition

    Make-Do and Mend - Exhibition

    (posters) Made by: Unknown (Undefined)

    Art.IWM PST 14948

    whole: the image is positioned in the upper two-thirds, with the title separate and placed in the upper quarter, in blue. The subtitle is separate and located in the lower centre, also in blue. The main text is separate and positioned across the top edge...

  • measure, the 'MIK' Man in Khaki Sock-Knitters-Help

    measure, the 'MIK' Man in Khaki Sock-Knitters-Help

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Dean, London 1914

    EPH 4543

    British First World War sock-knitting accessory. An example of one of the innumerable 'specialist' artefacts to take commercial advantage of circumstances surrounding the arrival of war in 1914 and also indicative of British Army equipment...

  • Smock, Camouflage DPM, Parachutist’s, 1978 pattern: Brigadier (HQ 5th Infantry Brigade)

    Smock, Camouflage DPM, Parachutist’s, 1978 pattern: Brigadier (HQ 5th Infantry Brigade)

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 4801

    The 1978 Pattern parachutist's smock replaced the last pattern of the distinctive Denison smock, much beloved of British Airborne Forces. Made of DPM printed material, the 1978 Pattern was semi-lined and therefore lightweight but not entirely...

  • Smock, Camouflage DPM, Parachutist’s, 1978 pattern: Colour Sergeant, 2 Para

    Smock, Camouflage DPM, Parachutist’s, 1978 pattern: Colour Sergeant, 2 Para

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 13485

    Single-breasted four-pocket smock made of DPM camouflage printed fabric. The smock features a full-length front zipper, knitted cuffs, and has a drop-down tail fitted to the outside back - which, when worn for parachuting, is drawn up between the wearer...

  • UTILITY UNDERWEAR: CLOTHING RESTRICTIONS ON THE BRITISH HOME FRONT, 1943

    UTILITY UNDERWEAR: CLOTHING RESTRICTIONS ON THE BRITISH HOME FRONT, 1943

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 13088

    A woman and two girls model Utility underwear. Left to right: a woman's wool vest (costing 4/ 2 and a half d and 3 coupons), and wool panties (costing 3/11 and 3 coupons); 11 year old girl's wool vest (costing 4/-1/2d and 2 coupons) and rayon...

  • A PICTURE OF A SOUTHERN TOWN: LIFE IN WARTIME READING, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND, UK, 1945

    A PICTURE OF A SOUTHERN TOWN: LIFE IN WARTIME READING, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND, UK, 1945

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 25219

    Girls take part in an open-air knitting class in the sunshine in the sunken garden of Caversham Modern Secondary School. There are also two girls at work on sewing machines, sitting at the tables which have been set up on the grass. According to the...

  • Cap Comforter: British Army

    Cap Comforter: British Army

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12586

    The cap comforter was issued as a form of head protection in colder weather but was frequently used as the chosen form of headdress by raiding parties in the trenches in the hours of darkness.

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