An original pair of French Army M47 trousers in Lizard Pattern Camouflage as worn during the Algerian War.
In 1946 the French military decided to design a new camouflage uniform for its army. Based on British and American designs used in the Second World War, this pattern of camouflage takes a lot of its influence from the Denison smock worn by British soldiers during the war.
This particular pair of trousers are the 1956 pattern made from Herringbone Twill, or 'HBT' fabric. The trousers feature a button fly and a wide leg which are typical of the era. All the buttons are the standard, dark brown examples usually found on French military items during this period and ankle tabs are located to the bottom of each leg. Belt loops are located around the waist and slash pockets can be found, one to each hip. Cargo pockets located to the side of each leg as were first seen on the US HBT and M1942 uniforms during the Second World War.
A piece of paracord is fitted through the belt loops which was clearly used as a belt by the original owner. I have left this with the trousers as it is an interesting detail.
Inside the waistband the original size label is still present and reads '43'. The trousers will suit around a 34" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17 1/4"
Rise - 14"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Inside leg - 31"
Outside leg - 43"
Cuff - 9 1/4"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use along with some marks and stains. There is a small repair near the fly although this is only noticeable under very close inspection. They are still very wearable and display well but please bear in mind that they are a vintage pair of pre-owned military trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice pair of 1950s French Army trousers in a fantastic camouflage and a great cut!