A Captain attached to CMHQ ( Canadian Military Headquarters) in London circa 1943.He is wearing the Sam Browne belt and Officers quality Coloured Field Service Cap with gilt & silver cap badge. Unlike the First World War, service dress for officers was not a combat uniform. Brass buttons are of Corps design.
A Major with the 5th Canadian Armoured Division in Italy 1944. The Italian theatre saw a large variety of uniforms and was one of the few campaigns that saw a seperate summer and winter uniform. The hot summers in Italy required a ligher uniform. One of the more common items was the "bush shirt" Often worn with the sleeves rolled up. In Sicily it was worn with shorts but by the time units arrived on the mainland, long pants were found to provide better protection against sunburn and insect bites.
The Bush Shirts worn in Italy were not of Canadian manufacture. Supply problems and being part of the British 8th Army saw Canadian forces wearing British and later Indian manufactured uniforms. The insignia could be worn sewn directly onto the shirt or as was commonly seen on brassards and slip ons. This became practical for laundry purposes as well as ease in maintaining secrecy during troop movements. On a number of occasions, troops would be required to remove all insignia to prevent enemy detection.
The standard combat uniform for officers during the Second World War was the battledress jacket. It was the same uniform as other ranks wore with then exception that officers would wear the collar open with shirt and tie.Many would have it tailored open similar to the style worn in post war years. Could be worn with forage cap or beret.
This particular battledress jacket was worn by Capt Alex Campbell who was with the 4th Canadian Armoured Division Transport Company. He is also the author of "World War II Remembered; Memories and Recollections The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps."
This particular battledress jacket was worn by Capt Tytler who was with 1st Canadian Division. Many officers had their battledress jackets tailored with a permanent open collar ( post war jackets would later be designed with an open collar for wear with shirt and tie.) Compare the open faced collar with the previous jacket aabove.