Post War Royal Marines Blues Jacket

A very long time ago I covered the wartime Royal Marines’ blue serge jacket here. Today we return to the topic and look at the post war iteration of this iconic uniform:

The basic design of the uniform has remained unaltered, however where the insignia had previously been made of brass, it is now rendered in staybrite anodised aluminium. The jacket has two pleated patch pockets on the breast:

There are two further patch pockets on the skirts of the jacket, but these lack the bellows pleat:

As mentioned before, the buttons are now staybrite and have the Queen’s crown, but are otherwise the same as the previous example:

A pair of globe and laurel leaf collar badges are worn on the standing collar, whilst the letters ‘RM’ are worn on each shoulder strap:

This jacket was worn by a sergeant and his rank is worn on the right sleeve in gold braid on a red background:

This sergeant was a landing craft helmsman, so his specialisation is represented by a gold embroidered batch on the cuff of the left sleeve:

As a branch of the Navy, this Royal Marines jacket has a naval style stores label sewn into it showing it was manufactured in 1954:

I am not convinced by this sizing as it should make the jacket a suitable size for me, but it comes nowhere near me and there is a six inch gap across the chest where I can’t get the buttons to fasten! Regardless of sizing however, it is nice to be able to compare both the wartime and post war variations of this uniform and as it was part of a lot of very cheap uniforms, I cannot complain

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