An original pair of 1943 dated Indian made 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts.
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 particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring a double pleated front and rear, straight slash pockets and the double buckle waist belts that are synonymous with this pattern. To the rear is a single pleated first field dressing pocket and belt loops are fitted around the waist.
The shorts retain all of their original Indian made fly buttons which feature two ridges. These are often missing on shorts offered on the market today. The shorts also retain their original single pronged metal buckles which are so often missing which is a particularly nice feature.
Inside the shorts a plethora of stamps can be found, most of which are typically found on Indian made KD items.. There is an oval-shaped stamp which bears the 1943 date as well as the standard Indian circular stamp which also bears the date of July 1943. The number 5 is also present which pertains to size.
The shorts will fit around a 27" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 13 1/2"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 9"
Outside leg - 21 1/2"
Cuff - 14"
The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. There are various signs of age and wear as can be seen in the pictures. There is some staining etc. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pair of pre-worn vintage shorts which are over 75 years old.
All in all a good pair of wartime shorts.
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