Old Jackets

#1
Here are some pics of an old jacket I have. Aha, 60 pattern combat smock you may say. But why is it dated 1957????
 

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#4
I'm pretty certain I can remember my older brother wearing that in about 63 and I got issued with it in 66.
 
#5
The Label says
Sateen
Size no 5
Height 5'9 to 5'10
Breast 39"
Waist 39"
S Strauss and sons
M'CR 1957
 

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#6
Hopefully this picture is the right way up
 

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#7
They were produced from around 1955 for troop trails and testing. It is in fact based on an earlier issue c1950 used during the Korean War. The '60 Patten also had a full length zip.
 
#8
Since your photos are labelled '53 pattern' I presume you already know what model of jacket this is.

So why are you asking us?
 
#9
I dont know for certain what it is. In fact until recently I didnt even know there was anything between the Hairy Battledress Blouse and the 60 pattern smock. But if its American as someone already suggested then its not what I thought anyway. It was in amongst a load of old 60 pattern jackets I bought and so I originally thought it might just be a later variation.
 
#11
novembercharlie said:
I dont know for certain what it is. In fact until recently I didnt even know there was anything between the Hairy Battledress Blouse and the 60 pattern smock. But if its American as someone already suggested then its not what I thought anyway. It was in amongst a load of old 60 pattern jackets I bought and so I originally thought it might just be a later variation.
It's British and Mike_2817 has told you what it is.

the_Bat
 
#12
Thanks very much for all your replies. I'm most grateful to you all and to General Melchett for his earlier correspondance. Cheers. I'm just going to get out the ironing board.
 
#13
PS,
Does anyone know of any books on the subject of Combat Jackets / Smocks?
 
#17
Mike Chappel had a series of booklets on such items, in his series;

"The British Soldier in the 20th Century".

Book #9 Combat Dress, 1950 to the Present Day ,Wessex Military Publishing ISBN 1870498097

covered the various styles, marks of Combat clothing from the Original 1950 Patt.
 
#18
LineDoggie said:
Mike Chappel had a series of booklets on such items, in his series;

"The British Soldier in the 20th Century".

Book #9 Combat Dress, 1950 to the Present Day ,Wessex Military Publishing ISBN 1870498097

covered the various styles, marks of Combat clothing from the Original 1950 Patt.
Yes, I agree. A very good book indeed.
 
#19
So not a thread about elderly riflemen then?
 

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