HEADING_CONTACT_US_POPUP_TITLE

HEADING_CONTACT_US_POPUP_SUBTITLE

WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals

WWII British 1940 Battledress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals

Price:

£500.00


Product Description

A really fine condition British WWII 1940 Austerity Pattern Battledress uniform that belonged to Major Guy Maurice Bratt MBE, CMG, of the Royal Corps of Signals in XXX Corps.

The large uniform comprises of a tunic with the embroidered crown rank badges to a Major, the Royal Signals cloth shoulder titles, the later 1946 Air Formation Signals cloth badges and the 6 ribbon medal bar. The inside label has size 16 and is dated 1943 and made by Harry Levene Ltd, London EC2. The trousers match the jacket, but do not have the white cloth label with the maker’s and size details. There is also a large beret of the same material, with the Royal Signals badge. The beret is ink stamped with the maker’s details S. & P. Harris Ltd, Glasgow and dated 1945. There are some minor moth grazing and small holes to the uniform.

The Battledress uniform was designed with the needs of mechanised infantry in mind and was inspired by the concept of being less restrictive to the wearer, using less material, were warm even while wet and were more suited to movement in confined spaces than the Service Dress. The 1940 Pattern Battledress (introduced in 1940) had some small changes to the original design, namely a lined collar and slightly closer cut to the blouse and trousers with a new dressing pocket on the trousers with two pleats and a revolving shank button. In this case, the uniform is the later 1940 "Austerity" Pattern Battledress (sometimes labelled 1942 Pattern), which deleted the fly front so that the front buttons, as well as the pocket and cuff buttons, were now exposed. Pocket pleats to the blouse were removed. The 2 early manufacture inside pockets have been reduced to a single inside pocket. It has plastic buttons rather than the earlier brass. On the trousers the belt loops and ankle tabs have gone and the pocket buttons are now exposed and made of brown plastic like those of the jacket. Officers were permitted to tailor the collar of their blouses so as to wear a collared shirt and tie. This example hasn’t been altered.

We are also separately selling his 1937 Pattern Battledress uniform, his Service uniform, as well as his WWII Photograph album, showing unique photos of his work setting up communications systems in France and Germany.

Major Guy Maurice BRATT MBE, CMG. (1920-2006). Studied at London University, where he was likely approached by the Secret Intelligence Services. Convinced war was coming, he joined the Territorial Army in 1938 and attended Officer Training Corps (O.C.T.U.). He was assigned to the Royal Signals in 1940 and commissioned a Lieutenant. He joined XXX Corps in 1942 and promoted to Captain. Promoted again in 1943 to Major, which he retained for the rest of his military career. He landed in Normandy on D-Day +3 and was tasked with installing and maintaining British Army Telephone Communications from the beach head to Berlin. This entailed laying cables through Northern France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was awarded the MBE (Mil.)(London Gazette 24.1.46) for his work intercepting and disrupting German Army Command radio and telephone signals during the Second World War. He also located the position of many enemy ammunition trains, prior to the crossing of the Rhine by XXX Corps. At the end of the War in Europe he supervised the telephone rewiring from Wesel to Hamburg and Bremen, building repeater stations and modernising telephone exchanges. In 1946 he was posted to 51 Air Formation Signals, until demobilised.

He joined MI6 Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1952. He was posted in Berlin from 1952 to 1954, then in Brussels until 1958, under the cover of 2nd secretary. From 1962 to 1966, he is the first secretary in charge of Visas in Vienna and probably the chief of the station. From 1970 to 1972 he was in Geneva, still as head of station. Then from 1974 to 1977 he was in Washington as an adviser. He was therefore the MI6 representative in the USA. He left the service in 1985 as Division Head. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George (CMG) (London Gazette 31.12.76).

Size jacket: No 16 (99-102 cm) (39-40 inches)
Size trousers: 86 cm (34 inches)
Beret: 60 cm (7 5/8)
Weight: 2140 g