The "battle dress" of the British Army was finally approved in April 1939, and was worn by both men and officers. It was a two-piece garment of khaki serge, it consisted of a blouse and trousers buckling at the wrists and ankles, the ankles also being protected by web anklets. The weight of the uniform was about 12 lb. This soldier is wearing battledress, but is not completely equipped. When wearing full marching order, the infantryman carries a valise (or pack) on his back in place of the haversack seen here, the latter being transferred to the left hip above the bayonet and counter-balanced on the right by a water-bottle. The valise holds the great-coat, cardigan when not worn, and such other personal effects as individual skill in packing can get into it; while in the haversack are a holdall with comb, tooth-brush, shaving outfit, fitted housewife, socks, mess tin, emergency ration, etc. The large patch pocket on the trousers is to hold maps and papers. Though officers carry some additional articles of equipment, such as revolvers and binoculars and compasses, there is nothing in their uniform to distinguish them from the men except the shoulder badge.