SS18 Field Army: The Stories!

May 18, 2018

SS18 Field Army: The Stories!

Life's a pitch! This season, we're knocking it out of the park with a brand-new consignment of jersey tees, inspired by the USAAF 8th Army and the baseball games they shared with British troops during the Second World War! As you know, each season our team delves into to the IWM archives for stories to inspire each piece in our collection, so before you dive in to our new arrivals, here’s the lowdown on the origin of each piece…

RE0512 94th EIGHTH AIR FORCEgreen mens tee with usaaf second world war baseball motif

Here’s the a story that sparked the idea for the whole collection... By 1945, USSAF teams in Britain were playing baseball regularly, and while stationed in Bury St Edmonds, the 94th Bomb Group decided on a unique way to celebrate the Allied victory – using a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed “The Better Half” to deliver the first ball for their base tournament! The stunt was authorised by base Commander Colonel Charles B Dougher and took several attempts but was finally achieved and the four-engineered giant pitched from 300 feet at a phenomenal 175 miles per hour. The ultimate speed demon!

 

RE0511 PENDELTON FIELDmens relaxed fit tee with red ww2 pendleton field slogan on

Our heavy-cotton jersey tee cut in the Realm & Empire authentic ‘fatigue’ fit. Inspired by The U.S. Army Air Forces’ mighty “Miss Behavin” crew – 332nd Bomb Squadron, 94th Bomb Group. Training at Pendleton Field, Oregon, the group joined the RAF at Rougham Army Base in June 1943 and went on to play an instrumental role in the heavy bomber campaigns flying the iconic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 

RE0513 8th ARMY TIGER TEEarmy cat motif red print on grey regular fit mens tshirt

From “Spitten Kittens” to “Flying Tigers”, nose art and mascots united bomber groups. The personalised artwork often featured animals to boost morale and give the men something ‘to pat’ before and after every mission. Inspired by US Army Air Force in Britain during the Second World War, this raglan-sleeve medium-weight tee is cut in a regular fit and features an original R-E mascot design, inspired by the ferocious-looking insignia of the 550th Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group.

 

RE0514 FIELD ARMY TEEfield army red print on red mens regular fit tshirt

This medium-weight, regular-fit raglan tee features our simple “Field Army” type motif, inspired by the US Army Air Force 78th Fighter Group. Nicknamed “The Duxford Eagles”, the group were based at RAF Duxford between April 1943 and October 1945, flying all three of the USAAF’s principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied invasion fleet as it crossed the channel. When at base, their baseball team “Thunderbolts” kept up the morale by hosting games with their British Allies on a regular basis, on a pitch just behind the Officer’s Mess.

 

RE0515 HEAVY JERSEY BASEBALL TEEfield army print on white tee with green raglan sleeve inspired by WW2 baseball

For US Serviceman of the Eighth Army enjoying some downtime during Second World War, daily fatigues were always good enough to kick back in! Which is why, this season, we have taken our relaxed-fit heavy jersey fatigue tee and added new style detailing, inspired by an original 1940s baseball jersey! With a contrast colour raglan-sleeve and an authentic thick-tape detail on the sleeve, this tee also features our ‘Field Army’ motif on the front, and the Eighth Army’s number ‘8’ on the back! Additional details include sporty split-hem vents and a reinforced crew-neck collar for a sturdy finish.

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