This British WW2 ROYAL ARMORED CORPS TANKER WINDPROOF CAMO “PIXIE” TANK SUIT is in very good condition.
There is moderate scattered soiling and age wear evident. There are several scattered small tears from service use to the leg areas as to be expected, but nothing that detracts from the item & with no other damage to the tough 100% cotton construction.
There is moderate patina to the throat strap buckles, all of the original brass pocket snaps are attached. Most interestingly, it retains a good amount of the vibrant British windproof camouflage colours & sports two fully functional “SWIFT” brass front zippers. The suit is “War Department broad arrow” marked and dated “1945” on the original “OVERSUIT, TANK CREW” nomenclature tag at the interior left cuff.
It’s a “Size No 3”, features dual strap and buckle throat latches, “NEWEY” brass “glove” snap closure shoulder, wrist, and ankle straps, 7 pockets around the front, elasticized cuffs, a four OD plastic button closure wind flap, a warm OD “blanket” wool lining, and integral windproof camouflage suspenders with metal adjusting buckles. Overall this is an honest example of a very rare, original British WW2 ROYAL ARMORED CORPS TANKER WINDPROOF CAMO “PIXIE” TANK SUIT.!
British Army tankers and armored fighting vehicle (AFV) crewmen in late 1944 and early 1945 were issued the classic winter weight “pixie” suit. As the Allies approached the German border, the hand held antitank weapons used by German Volkssturm and HJ troops presented as great a danger as the fabled “eighty eights”. A camouflage version of the tank suit was introduced to outfit Royal Armored Corps tankers fighting dismounted to flush out Panzerfaust grenadiers.