An original pair of 'Trousers, Snow Suit' clearly dated 1942 and in a size No.4.
These trousers were designed to be worn with the matching snow 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.
They were issued throughout the war to various British units and also some American units (including airborne) in the Ardennes.
The original label is still present at the rear of the trousers and bears the simple title of 'Trousers'. The size is stated as No.4 which is the largest size made during WW2. The manufacturer's name is 'CWS' is present which stands for the Co-operative Workers Society, better known as the Co-op today.
To the inside of the waistband the War Department acceptance stamp is present which is surmounted by the letter 'O', denoting the year of 1942.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 23"
Inside leg - 33 1/2"
Outside leg - 48 1/2"
Rise - 17"
Rear Rise - 20"
The trousers are in reasonable condition for their age but have a plethora of stains. They are not heavily worn or damaged but have clearly been worn as can be seen in the pictures. It may be possible to remove some staining through careful or professional cleaning.
All in all a good example in many respects. These could suit both a collector or re-enactor well!
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