View any image of a Tommy and his uniform becomes an assumed item, few would consider where and how that uniform was made. Over 5 million men served on the Western Front, they all required clothing. From August 1914 to March 1919, across all theatres of operations, over 28 million pairs of trousers and c.360 million yards of various cloth was manufactured. Worn by men of all ranks the uniform created an identity for the fighting forces, distinguished friend from foe, gave the enlisted man respect, a sense of unity whilst at the same time stripping away his identity, turning a civilian into a soldier.
FIRST WORLD WAR UNIFORMS Production, Logistics and Legacy
Well researched and informative examination of military uniforms and how the British textile industry and defence establishment evolved to supply five million men serving on the Western Front with their clothing.