An original pair of 'Trousers, Snow Suit' dating from 1942. They were issued throughout the war to various British units and also some American units (including airborne) in the Ardennes.
These trousers were designed to be worn with the matching white smock and are made from the same hard wearing cotton twill as the jacket. They feature a drawstring waist and map pocket to the front whilst the knee area is reinforced with a second layer of cotton twill. The map pocket fastens with a chocolate brown button which is typical of items manufactured in 1942.
The original label is no longer present although there is clear evidence of where it was previously fitted. There is a War Department acceptance stamp still present inside which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue.
The trousers are either a size 2 or 3 and when laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 20 1/2"
Rise - 16 1/2"
Rear Rise - 19 1/2"
Inside leg - 31"
Outside leg - 45 1/2"
Cuff - 10"
The trousers are in reasonable condition for their age but have various staining as illustrated in the pictures. There is also a small hole to the rear of the left leg as illustrated in picture 9 and there is a repair to the waistband where the waist cord had previously torn through. There is also an L-shaped tear to the inside of the trousers at the rear where the waist cord runs. They are still very wearable but please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a vintage, pre-worn pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a good example in many respects. These could suit both a collector or re-enactor well!
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