The British Soldier, 1944
Photos: Alex Andrews
Here we see a British soldier from 1944. He is wearing the 40 Pattern Battledress tunic and trousers. These are often mistaken for the 37 Pattern due to the pleats in the jacket pockets and fly-fronted (buttons hidden) pockets and jacket front.
The later, 40 Austerity Pattern, is often erroneously referred to as '40 Pattern'. 37, 40 and 40 Austerity all served with the British Army from their various dates of introduction until the conclusion of the war.
This Private is also wearing late war KG3 blancoed gaiters and General Service (GS) Cap, which replaced the earlier Field Service (FS) 'chip bag' style of headgear.