Until the mid 1950s a mixture of Second World War and postwar production sweaters were worn in the field and in garisson. During the Korean War, many Canadian soldiers managed to acquire sweaters of British or American origin. Canada was part of the Commonwealth Division and much trading went on between individual soldiers, however the authorised sweater was a Canadian pattern adopted around 1950.
Upon the introduction of Combats in 1963, a OG Combat sweater was introduced to go with that uniform.
Officers often added epaulettes and breast pockets to their sweaters, these were often taken from condemned battledress jackets or bush shirts.
The Canadian wool 5 button "high collar" sweater was very similar to the American M1943 pattern sweater. This was the most common pattern of postwar sweater worn by Canadians and was still on issue for Reserves well into the 1970s.
An interesting example of a sealed sample high collar sweater. The lower tag and attached blue/grey wool indicates that this pattern was sealed and approved for RCAF use as well as by the Army.
Closeup view of the maker's label, indicating that this example was made by the Monarch Knitting Mills, Ontario in 1950.
OG 107 V neck sweater adopted at about the same time as the Combat uniform. Made of a nylon/cotton mix.
Closeup view of the maker's tag.
An early version of the "Wooly Pully". Made of a fine quality wool, this sweater was popular among officers as it had slits in the shoulders for epaulettes.
Closeup view of the slit and buttonhole in the shoulder reenforcing.
The tag showing the manufacturer, size, date and Broad Arrow property mark.
British Second World War pattern V neck cardigan. This example was made in 1946.
Typical manufacturer's tag.
British "mountain sweater" of Second World War vintage.
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