An original pair of Indian made British military Khaki Drill Shorts in good condition and clearly dated 1941.
Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This style with the double buckle closure is often referred to as 1941 pattern by collectors.
This particular pair of shorts are typical of early war Indian made shorts featuring a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The front of the shorts fastens with two buckles as was standard for British shorts during the Second World War. They were originally made as 'Bombay Bloomers' which are the now very rare early war pattern which had large turn ups which could be folded down. There is a reinforcing patch on the inside leg which would have had a button attached before they were shortened into the more standard style (picture 3).
Inside the shorts are the usual Indian stamps found in Khaki Drill items. The circular date stamp is present to the rear of the pocket bag and states the manufacture date of July 1941. Another circular stamp can also be found to the interior which reads '3' which pertains to size. A third makers stamp is present which bears the manufacturers initials of 'A. A.' and the 1941 date, once again.
The shorts will suit someone of around a 28" waist and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 14"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Inside leg -
Outside leg - 18 1/2"
Cuff - 14"
The shorts are in good condition with some signs of wear and age. There is a small flaw to the inside leg which is illustrated in picture 3. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of vintage shorts which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Altogether a good pair of rare early war British issue shorts with a clear wartime date. These would make a good addition to any collection and would suit both a collector or re-enactor well.
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