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The line of duty: how the British followed fashion during the second world war

WWII linger made from silk maps! In the line of duty: how the British followed fashion during the second world war

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In British army surplus stores, all British military surplus clothes available are brand-new unless specified as grade 1 or 2 used. Grade 1 means the product is in very great condition and colours are quickly. Grade 2 indicates the item shows signs of fading. All buying army surplus itemsBritish military surplus clothing products are genuinely used by the military and featured no tears, no holes, no repair worksoffered are available in the stock.

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Fashion on the Ration Lecture

Land Girl uniform at Oxfordshire Museum's Keeping Up Appearances exhibition

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Charioteer tank destroyer. While the British Army was replacing its tank force with the impressive Centurion, it was recognised that the surplus tanks from WW2 used by the army reserves were no match for the new Soviet tanks. The decision was taken to upgrade some Cromwells with the 20 ponder gun.

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British Army DPM PLC Webbing One Size ― Surplus and Safety