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David Hepper
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    I believe Number 8 Action Working Dress was introduced at the end of WW2, c.1944/45 I believe. Prior to that, it would have been square rig or overalls I think.
    In the photographic collection in the Imperial War Museum, a variety of dress can be seen:

    Wearing overalls, anti-flash gear and helmets:
    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205186374

    and:
    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146740

    Wearing square rig, anti-flash and helmets:
    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205135757

    Overalls and anti-flash:
    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205186372

    Certainly the biggest omission in the TV drama was the lack of anti-flash gear … but this may have been because it would have obscured the actors faces …