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    Posted 4 years ago

    BlackWatch
    (66 items)

    A nice but used Post-War 1949 Pattern Battle Dress to the Seaforth Highlanders. The Battle Dress is in pretty good condition for its age however does have a few moth holes unfortunately. To the shoulder boards is a singular rank star per shoulder, ranking this battle dress to a Second Lieutenant. The red part of the star is to identify what branch, red for infantry, yellow for armored, green for reconnaissance and rifles, light blue for airborne, etc. In this case it is red for infantry. I did not know this until recently, I found it most interesting.

    On each arm are very nice MacKenzie tartan patches to the Seaforths and below that is a very nice 6th Infantry Brigade patch.

    The interior of the BD is in overall good condition. It is not named, however it has its original clothing tag and is 1958 dated.

    Overall a really nice but service worn 1958 dated 1949 pattern Battle Dress to the Seaforth Highlanders. This one goes great with my other Seaforth Highlander battle dress, similar in design just a 1949 pattern and manufactured 9 years later than my other.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Looks like the American Ike jacket. Seems to be a style popular at the time.
    2. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago
      Hey Fortapache,

      It does look similar. The Battle Dress Blouse I believe began being worn in the late 1930s, the earliest pattern I believe being the 1937 pattern. It continued to be worn until the 1960s, although there were many different patterns (1937p, 1940p, 1946p, 1949p, etc.) the Battle Dress itself remained in service for quite a long time, and was also used in the Commonwealth for a long time as well, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

      In history many uniforms have been constructed as to the fashion of the times, and the it would appear the British always wanted to be fashionable in battle.

      I really find it interesting just how similar they are, thanks for bringing this up.

      Thanks again for your comment, I really appreciate it.

      Best regards,

      -Jamie

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