US 6th Armored Division. 69th tank battalion, Tank Driver's outfit. [Landed Utah Beach, July 1944].
An American tankers outfit, comprising a green cotton jacket with woolen liner, elasticated wrist and waist bands, left shoulder with triangular 6th Armored Division patch, original US issue shoulder holster (rubbed), tankers helmet of green card with padded earflaps, leather webbing, and tinted goggles. Some wear to jacket and helmet. Various sizes. Provenance: Purchased in the 1980s from a Belgian farmer, 15km north of Bastogne; The Mountfitchet Castle Museum, Essex.
A rare tankers outfit for a captain in the 69th tank battalion. The 6th Armored division landed at Utah beach on 19th July 1944, carried out operations in the Cotentin Peninsula, and up to Granville at the end of July 1944. As part of Patton's command, the 69th tank battalion was one of the units moved swiftly by Patton to hold the line at Bastogne in late December 1944. How this tank commander lost his jacket in that battle is uncertain.