Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Manual Book
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Manual Detail
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Back
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Tag
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Front Detail
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Print
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Collar
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Belt
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Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Inside
Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket - M Collar

Vintage 1940s WW2 Era British Army Motorbike Dispatch Riders Military Jacket With Official War Office Driving Manual - M

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During the Second World War maintaining communication was key due to the scale of the conflict. When telecommunication wasn't available, the Dispatch Riders were deployed - these were essential motorcycle couriers who delivered urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. These riders invariably had to operate in some pretty tough environments, frequently covering long distances and therefore required suitable equipment, which is where the need for the Dispatch Riders Jacket came from.

The jacket was constructed from a heavyweight rubberized cotton, with a double breasted concealed snap button-down front with adjustable waist belt. One of the most iconic features of the jacket is the large slanted upper map pocket, with two lower welt pockets with snap-button closures. There are various adjustable straps, with two to either side of the lower inside hem in order to strap the tails of the coat around each leg, originally designed to make motorbike use easier and the second around the neck to create a protective high-collar. The Dispatch Riders Jacket is an iconic bit of British militaria and this one is fitted with all the original specification tags and marking with British Army Broad-arrows throughout. This one specifically was produced in 1943 by 'J. & M. Bartle, LTD.' and includes the original The War Office issued Driving Manual, dated 1942.

CONDITION:
This item is deadstock unworn and is in near perfect condition. There are a few marks throughout from storage & the metal components such as buckles and button have underwent some corrosion, however are still in working order and this is expected of an item of circa 80 years old. To find one of these jacket in this condition is exceptionally rare, freshly steamed and ready for a new owner.


COLOUR:
Khaki.


FABRIC:
100% Heavyweight Rubberized Cotton.


FEATURES:
- Button down double-breasted front
- Adjustable waist belt
- Two lower front flap pockets
- Upper slanted map pocket
- Adjustable collar strap
- Interior hem straps
- Broadarrow print & original spec tag

SIZE: The jacket is labelled a size No.5 which fits like a Medium with a 44" full external chest measurement and the overall fit. 
EXTERNAL MEASUREMENTS: Please check measurements against a similar garment of your own that fits you well, measuring flat and fully zipped or buttoned on a flat surface:

SIZE

CHEST

SLEEVE 

SHOULDER

LENGTH

M

22in 56cm

25in  63.5cm

21in  53.5cm 

49in  124.5cm

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