First issued to the Regiment just prior to the invasion of Sicily in August 1943, it continued to be worn during the summer until 1950. Bush dress included both pants and short pants along with shirts and tunics.
The sergeant depicted here carries a compass, map case, Tommy gun, and Tommy gun magazine pouches. Within days of having landed in Sicily, troops began to lighten their kit to survive in the oppressive heat. Extra equipment was discarded, and only the bare essentials were rolled inside the gas cape and strapped to the waist-belt.
khaki Balmoral with Davidson patch and 48th Brass Diamond Badge khaki bush jacket and shorts – khaki hose tops; blue half puttees, ankle boots – map case and maps; 1937 pattern webbing -water bottle and case – compass and case; frog with a bayonet – mess tins and case – entrenching tool and case; cloth shoulder titles (48th Highlanders of Canada) – the red patch of 1st Division- Sgt’s stripes – compass in the right hand