British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two, by Brian L. Davis

British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two, by Brian L. Davis

Published by Arms and Armour Press in 1983, 276 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.19cm by 25cm (SNWSO)

From the inside front fly leaf: The popular image of the Second World War 'Tommy' is of an ordinary-looking chap clad in baggy khaki blouse and trousers, with a steel helmet on his head. Behind this image, however, lies a fascinating and enormous variety of clothing, insignia and accoutrements. As a result, it is a subject of considerable complexity, now unravelled with clarity and authority in this encyclopedic work.

Following the format of his highly regarded German Army Uniforms and Insignia, 1933-1945, Brian L. Davis describes and illustrates each item of wear, pinning down adoption and service dates, for the British Army between 1935 and 1945. The contents include:

• British Army-ranks and appointments

• Badges, patches, titles and flashes-including badges of rank and appointment; shoulder strap titles; collar badges; gorget patches; buttons; armlets; good conduct badges; tradesmen's, instructors' and skill-at-arms badges; shoulder designations; corps, divisional, regimental and unit coloured distinguishing marks; wound stripes and service chevrons; officer cadet insignia; and cap badges

• Uniforms and clothing-including headdress; officers' service dress; trousers, breeches, pantaloons and trews; footwear and handwear; greatcoats, trench coats and capes; khaki drill and jungle green clothing; service dress for other ranks; battle-dress; kilts and kilt covers; and personal clothing and accoutrements

• Specialist and protective clothing-including airborne forces clothing and equipment; PT ·instructor's clothing; hospital clothing; brown drill working clothing; tank suits; motorcyclists' clothing; snow suits and camouflage, and cold climate clothing; protective coats; groundsheets and waterproofs

• Equipment-including steel helmets and protective helmets; web equipment; and anti­ gas equipment

• Local Defence Volunteers and Home Guard­ badges, patches, titles and flashes; uniforms; and personal equipment

Over 750 illustrations, plus 4 pages of insignia in full colour, complement the detailed text, making this the most comprehensive and authoritative single-volume work yet published on the subject.

Condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and light creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a name and date in pen in the top right hand corner of the first inside page, and some light yellowing to the inside page edges throughout.