Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Shirt - Sgt Stripes
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About this item
An original 1940s British khaki drill shirt in used condition.
This shirt is theatre made, most likely in India. A large proportion of KD items issued during the Second World War were made in India due to the short supply routes for the Middle East and Far East Campaigns. This style of shirt was issued to members of the RAF as well as the British Army, and this example originally belonged to a Sergeant.
The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. The stitching is typical of theatre made items being somewhat inconsistent. The button holes are all hand sewn which is another common feature and tropical pattern sergeant stripes have been fitted to each sleeve.
The shirt is a smaller size which will suit someone of around a 35" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 1/2"
Shoulders - 17"
Collar - 15"
The shirt is in worn condition as can be seen in the pictures. It shows signs of age and use but displays well enough. There is some stitch loss under each arm as illustrated in picture 5. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
All in all a good original 1940s period Khaki Drill shirt which would make a good addition to any collection.