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World War One - British Uniforms
|The British 1912 Officer Jacket (West End Gazette, 1915)|
The January, 1915, issue of THE WEST END GAZETTE devoted three pages of tailoring instructions for British officer's Khaki Service Jacket. The uniform was first issued in 1912:
"The latest development in connection with military tailoring is the introduction of a new style of Service Dress for field wear. Its principal distinction from the styles that has superseded is the abolition of the time-honored stand collar in favor of the open step collar style as generally adopted for mufti garments."
The British Officer's Trench Cap of W.W. I (Tatler Magazine, 1915)
Attached is a 1915 magazine ad from a British society magazine that illustrates the profile of the British Service Hat ("trench cap"). This wool headgear was worn by all British and Commonwealth forces prior to the 1916 introduction of the Brody Helmet ("tin hat"), which was issued in order to reduce the high number of head injuries.
British Officer's Full Dress Caps (New York Times, 1915)
Color illustrations of six full dress British Army service caps. Pictured are the dark blue caps worn by those who held such ranks as Aide-de-Camp to the King, Equerry to the King, Staff Officer, British Army Pay Officer and Army Medical Officer.
*A Film Clip About British WW I Posters*
Custom-Tailored Uniform Ad (Cambridge Magazine, 1918)
An advertisement promoting the abilities of Dunhills, Ltd.. All officers were expected to wear tailor made uniforms.
British Offcer's Boots (Magazine Ad, 1915)
An illustrated magazine advertisement from 1915 which displays the variety of private purchase footwear available to British and Commonwealth officers during World War I.
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