23. British Soldier, BEF, 1940
This Infantryman of the British Expeditionary Force has in a fighting retreat from the invading German army in France. He will, if he's lucky, get picked up at Dunkirk and returned to England to recover and return to fight another day.
He wears the early war 1937 pattern woolen battledress and trousers; 1937 pattern webbing with a light pea green blanco dubbing. He carries a Mk.V respirator on his chest and an anti-gas cape worn over the shoulders in readiness for a gas attack, which would be indicated by his gas-warning brassard worn on his right arm. His rifle is the SMLE with 1907 pattern bayonet.