Billy wrote:Beautiful photos. I have recently been researching Polish Navy uniforms of the 1939 time period and I've found most of what I was looking for. But does anyone know what the Polish Navy officer's working uniform looked like? (...) Surely the Polish Navy had some kind of officer's working uniform. Many thanks to whomever can answer this puzzling question.
In short: you already see the pictures.
Let me explain. Look for British WWI uniforms and you'll get the picture. In short, after WWI Poland did not have recent navy traditions of its' own, hence it adopted British-style uniforms. Their uniforms included:
- round navy blue cap (white for summer uniform)
- Navy blue jacket with turn-down collar, gold sleeve and shoulder insignia and golden buttons
- Long navy-blue trousers (white for summer uniform)
- Navy-blue overcoat (two rows of buttons)
- Navy-blue coat (two rows of buttons, shoulder straps)
- Black shoes (yellow or white in the summer)
- white shirt and a black tie
- Black belt
- brown gloves
That's about it. Interestingly, initially the navy officers did not have a full gala uniform at all, which led to bizarre situations when uniformed Polish officers were meeting with peacock-like full-gala Brits or French officers. Because of that in 1927 the officers were issued a short cutlass, a year later a full gala uniform was also added, with black Nelson-style hat and a navy-blue frock with golden epaulettes. Lastly, in 1935 or 1936 a mess dress was added to the set, also based on British uniforms, with a half-tail and tailcoat in either white or navy blue.
You can see a picture HERE