Thursday, July 14, 2016

WW2 Silk Escape Map Dress

A c.1945-50 dress made from silk maps given to RAF soldiers in WW2 has been sold for an undisclosed sum. These maps were issued to pilots and Special Forces in case they were shot down, trapped behind enemy lines and needed to escape. They were printed on silk during the war because it is durable and was easy to conceal in soldiers' clothing.

These escape maps were created by Christopher Clayton Hutton, an eccentric MI9 British Army Intelligence Officer who was the genius behind so many WW2 escape and evasion aids which are still in use today.

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Edit: Sara Jane Murray from Home Front Vintage has sent me more information on silk map clothing.

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