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 were made in 1968 from a herringbone twill cotton. The trousers feature a button fly and the legs have been tailored in to be narrower and have also been shortened to wear with jump boots which are typical modifications of the era. All the buttons are the standard, dark brown examples usually found on French military items during this period and drawstrings 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 are located to the side of each leg as were first seen on the US HBT and M42 uniforms during the Second World War.
Inside the waistband the original label is still present and bears the Toulouse manufacturer's name.
The trousers are a smaller size which will suit around a 31" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 15 1/2"
Rise - 12 1/2"
Rear rise - 14 1/2"
Inside leg - 25"
Outside leg - 35 1/2"
Cuff - 6 1/2"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use and a few small marks and stains. There is a slight loss of stitching at the seat but this is not major. 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 1960s French Army trousers in a fantastic camouflage and a great cut!