HC Deb 26 October 1943 vol 393 c18
22. Colonel Greenwell

asked the Secretary of State for War whether a design for a new type of headgear has been approved; whether a design, based on the Norwegian skiing cap has been considered in this connection; and if any of the new type have yet been issued to the Army?

Sir J. Grigg

A new beret type cap has been approved which will replace the present field service cap, as soon as stocks of this cap are exhausted, in units not already wearing berets or other special head-dresses. A cap resembling the Norwegian skiing cap has been introduced for troops engaged in, or training for, fighting in snow.

Colonel Greenwell

Is my right hon. Friend aware that numbers of soldiers dislike this very form of cap because it Has no peak to protect their eyes from the dazzling sunlight?

Sir J. Grigg

I imagine that one of the reasons for the two types of headdress which have recently been in vogue is that a cap with a peak cannot be carried in a kit bag.

Major Petherick

Will my right hon. Friend press on with replacement of the service caps as soon as possible, in view of the fact that they are unpractical, extremely ugly and are often worn on the back of the Head and pushing down one ear?