Rare British Airborne Battle Dress Blouse Original Mounted Sergeant RASC & India Pegasus - Nice Used Condition
A truly stunning and one of a kind piece. This early i.e. 1942 dated 1940 Pattern Battle Dress Blouse. Original mounted to a Sergeant of the Royal Army Service Corps and India Pegasus and textbook Indian made sergeant stripes. The RASC shoulder titles and Indian Pegasus are applied to jacket with identical machine sewing. The sergeant stripes have been hand sewn to the jacket. The jacket compromises a size 3 and is makers marked Raper & Bainbridge Ltd.
The first Indian airborne formation was the British Indian Army's 50th Parachute Brigade, which was raised during World War II on 29 October 1941, initially consisting of 151 Parachute Battalion (consisting of British troops), 152 Parachute Battalion (consisting of Indian troops) and 153 Parachute Battalion (consisting of Gurkha troops) alongside other support units. The 151 Parachute Battalion later became the 156 Parachute Battalion, attached to the 1st Airborne Division. And saw action during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.
The jacket is in very neat and nice used condition without any apparent damages. A unique piece of history with a great patina.