During World War II it was common for the officers of
many armies to eschew sensible combat headgear and wear an officer's
cap. This was especially true of the British and the Germans.
The officer to the right wears no rank on his uniform but wears
his Service Dress (SD) hat . The SD hat was made for and authorized
for wear with both the Khaki Drill (KD) and Battle Dress (BD) uniforms.
This SD hat is appropriate for the KD uniform worn in the tropics.
SD hats came in two qualities, Officer quality had better leather
trim. NCO SD hats had regular trim. The SD hat was popular because
it was one of the few pieces of head gear that had a visor!
Besides the distinctive head gear, the officer also wears the KD
jacket. This differs from the KD shirt in that it is a four pocket
design cut essentially in the design of a classic bush jacket.
Officers would often have their uniforms, even field uniforms tailored
for a better fit.
The 1937 pattern web belt is worn around the waist. The pistol
hanging from the belt is not visible in the picture.
The uniform shorts are the standard KD shorts. Socks are the Khaki
SD which were lighter weight than the standard issue socks. The
officer wears the LRDG issue chapplies on his feet. He also wears
the LRDG issue sunglasses.
A set of 7 x 50 power British issue binoculars hangs around his