Vintage Post-ww2/1950s British Tank Suit/ Pixie Suit. A scarce original British Denim Tank Suit as used during the Second World War and dated 1951. Officially designated'Suits Tank Temperate', this pattern of tank suit came into use with the British Army during 1942-43 and was designed to be worn over the Battledress uniform in the same way the two piece denim uniform. These coveralls saw extensive issue in Normandy and were well liked due to their lightweight, versatile nature.
They were also popular overalls during the post-war period with civilians as they were hard-wearing and ideally suited for use in workshops, garages and other places besides. Due to this they have become very rare to find today and have become a sought-after item by collectors.
The overalls are made from the same green sanforized cotton denim material as the two piece set and feature green horn buttons as were standard on British uniform from 1944 onwards. Unlike the two piece set, the overalls feature two map pockets, one to the front of each leg. Another feature specific to this model is the additional pen holding section on the front of the left breast pocket.The bottom of each leg features tabs like the early pattern denim trousers which is just another interesting feature of these rare overalls. The suit also features a waist belt(missing) which fastens with the same type of buckle as was used for battledress during WW2.
Inside the overalls the original buckles which would have fastened to a strap in the suit which has been removed in the past but not noticeable from out side and again fasten with the same buckles as used for the waist. These straps were often cut out by the original wearers during field operations. The original label is still present inside the overalls and is bright and legible. It states the size as No. 3 which is designed to fit a 36 - 38" chest and a 32 - 34" waist.
Inside leg 32 height 5..7-5.8 feet The makers name of'' SUGDEN & SON 1951 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The overalls are a good size but should be worn oversize for an authentic fit. The final picture shows areas of damage. One tear in the leg and the pocket has partially come undone. Some paint spatter to one area.
All easy repairs if required I know a seamstress that may be able to help. If you need a quote please ask. Considering the age and rarity these are amazing survivors from the past. The item "Vintage Post-ww2/1950s British Tank Suit/ Pixie Suit" is in sale since Sunday, July 25, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War II (1939-1945)\Field Gear".The seller is "rapid1186" and is located in Drybrook. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.