British Serge Battle Dress- 1937 Pattern- Gloucestershire regiment- Normandy 1944

Normandy landings and North-West Europe

This uniform is that of a private soldier in the Gloucestershire regiment, 56th Independent Infantry Brigade, 49th Infantry Division.

In 1944, the 2nd Battalion was transferred to the 56th Independent Infantry Brigade, and at 11:00 on 6 June, during the Normandy landings, the brigade landed without incident in the second wave at Gold Beach. The battalion saw action in the Battle of Normandy: at Tilly-sur-Seulles on 11 June during Operation Perch; along the Saint-Germain d’Ectot ridge on 30 July during Operation Bluecoat; and at Thury-Harcourt on 12 August in the prelude to Operation Tractable. In mid-August, having variously served under the commands of the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division, the 7th Armoured Division and the 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division, the 56th Brigade came under command of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, with which it remained for the rest of the war. During the advance to the River Seine, the 2nd Battalion suffered 53 casualties capturing Épaignes on 25 August, and crossed the river at Rouen on 2 September. It spearheaded the assault on Le Havre eight days later, and it was the first British unit to enter the city’s fort, on 12 September, capturing 1,500 prisoners and much beer for the loss during the battle of 40 men killed and wounded


This costume hire consists of the following;

Reproduction 1937 pattern Battle Dress Trousers and Tunic ( supplied without insignia unless pre-arranged)- GS cap – MkII Steel helmet with cover- 1937 basic webbing set – Black Ammo Boots with canvas gaiters.

The Number 4 rifle and bayonet are available for hire through our gun hire department,