An original pair of original 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers in unissued condition which date from the 1970s.
This pattern of trousers with the cross belt waist came into issue with British forces in 1944. It stayed in use well into the 1970s under different designations including '1950 pattern'. The waist belt was designed to be adjustable to account for the wearer losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'.
The trousers are made from a green coloured cotton drill material and feature a twin pleated front, slash pockets to the hips, twin rear pockets and a map pocket to the left leg. The fly fastens with brown plastic buttons as do the pockets and the waist belts fasten with chromium plated gripper style buckles made from metal.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Trousers, Men's Olive Drab (1950 Pattern)' along with the size of 8 and the A/78 contract number which dates the trousers to the middle of the 1970s. The maker's name is also present and reads 'J. Compton Sons & Webb Ltd'. The trousers will suit a 34" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 16"
Inside leg - 28 1/2"
Outside leg - 41 1/2"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in unworn, unissued condition but do have some small flaws which are illustrated in the pictures. This includes some damage to the top of the waistband, another small area to one of the cross belts and two small holes to the rear. The trousers are still very wearable but please take time to study the pictures and remember that these are a pre-owned, vintage pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A hard to find pattern of trousers in a good size.