Original 1943 Dated British Khaki Drill Battledress Trousers
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About this item
An original pair of 1942 Pattern British Army Khaki Drill Trousers, dated 1943.
This pattern of trousers came into use with the British Army during the middle of the Second World War and is one of the more sought-after patterns today. They feature a First Field Dressing pocket to the right hip as well as a fly button front and brace buttons. All the buttons are brown coloured plastic examples as are often found on items made during 1943. Other notable features found on this pattern of trousers are the twin pleated front and rear and the extra buttons for the waist tab to allow for different fittings at the waist - a precursor to the cross belt design introduced in 1944 and used for many years post-war.
The original manufacturer's label is no longer present although there is evidence of where it was originally stitched to the rear. There is however a War Department acceptance stamp to the interior which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of issue.
The trousers are a generous size which will suit a 34" waist. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17”
Rise - 15 1/2”
Rear rise - 17”
Inside leg - 28”
Outside leg - 41"
Cuff - 10”
The trousers are in good, wearable condition for their age with limited signs of wear and use. They are still very wearable and have a fresh appearance overall. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
Altogether a nice pair of original Khaki Drill trousers in good condition and of a sought after pattern.