Nearly a year ago we looked at the 39 Pattern greatcoat here. Tonight we are looking at the successor to this design, the 1940 pattern. From the start it was clear that there were shortcomings with the 39 Pattern greatcoat, the main ones being the coat was too tight to be worn over equipment and that it used more material than desirable. From the front the great coat looks very similar to its predecessor:Although it is hard to tell without a direct comparison, the new pattern is 2” shorter than the 39 Pattern and a warmer lining was fitted. There are still two pockets with flaps:And a steeply stepped collar that is ¾” narrower than the 39 pattern coat and can button across in inclement weather:The most striking change is that the brass buttons have been replaced with green ‘vegetable ivory’ (plastic!) buttons:Inside the coat a printed white label gives manufacturer’s details , D Joseph, sizing and a date of 1945:The size is repeated in white paint on the material itself:Whilst the lining of one of the pockets has a /|\ and WD mark and a ‘Z’ date code:The ‘Z’ code again equates to 1945. Turning to the rear, a large vent has been added to the coat allowing it to expand over any equipment worn, giving a more comfortable fit:The half belt at the back remains the same, except for plastic rather than brass buttons:A vent at the base of the back allows the coat to be unbuttoned for greater freedom of movement:Despite these greatcoats being to a new pattern, the old 39 Pattern was never withdrawn and the two were worn concurrently throughout the war. It has been suggested that the older pattern was relegated to Home Guard duty as they had less need to wear them over equipment, but I have not seen any evidence for this yet.