Cold War Officer’s Service Dress

By the time of the Cold War the British Army Officer’s service dress had long been discarded as an item of combat clothing, however it was smart, relatively comfortable and remained in use as an item of dress and barrack wear. The 1970s and 1980s service dress was still heavily influenced by the uniforms introduced in the First World War, but had a number of subtle changes to move with the times. The World War Two era officer’s service dress we looked at in january makes an interesting comparison with this much more modern uniform. This particular officer’s service dress is for the Royal Artillery:imageThe material of the uniform has changed from a wool barathea of the Second World War, to a man-made fibre mix, and the buttons are now staybrite rather than bronzed, with the cannon badge of the regiement on them:imageAs are the officer’s pips:imageThese are secured with clutch fastenings rather than cotter pins:imageThe collar dogs however are still bronzed:imageThe jacket has pleated patch pockets with scalloped flaps on the breast:imageAnd unpleated bellowed patch pockets on the skirts:imageThe cuffs are pointed:imageThis particular jacket was made by Moss Bros of Covent Garden, illustrating that officers still went to private tailors for their uniforms:imageToday’s officers still wear a service dress that is virtually identical to this example, with minor variations for regimental distinctions. In this 1986 photograph you can see the commanding oficer of the Duke of Wellington’s regiment wearing the officers service dress:SKMBT_C36416062907090_0001

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