British Warm

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Churchill at the Yalta summit, wearing a British Warm

A British Warm,[1] British warm[2] or British Warm overcoat is a type of woollen overcoat based on the greatcoats worn by British Army officers in the First World War.[3]


The British warm first appeared around 1914 as a military greatcoat for British officers. It was made famous, however, by Winston Churchill.[4] According to Scottish clothmakers, Crombie, the term "British Warm" was coined to describe their version of the coat which was worn by around 10% of British soldiers and officers.[5] The British Warm is currently the only authorised overcoat for serving officers in the British Army.[6]


A British warm is typically designed as a heavy, double-breasted, wool coat made from a 100% wool cloth known as Melton.[4] It is taupe-coloured, has peak lapels and leather buttons, often has epaulettes and is slightly shaped. It falls just above the knee. It is also sometimes belted.[3][7]


  1. ^ British Air Forces 1914-18 Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine by Andrew Cormack and Peter Cormack, Wellingborough: Osprey (2001), 5.
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster: British warm
  3. ^ a b Introducing the British Warm Overcoat Archived February 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 10 Feb 2015
  4. ^ a b The British Warm Overcoat at Retrieved 10 Feb 2015
  5. ^ Crombie Heritage at Retrieved 10 Feb 2015
  6. ^ British Army Dress Regulations (FOI, 2017). Accessed 9 December 2017.
  7. ^ "yoga tank shirts". Monday, 17 April 2017