A rare original pair of Indian made British Jungle Green Battledress Trousers clearly dated 1943 and in excellent condition.
This pattern of trousers was introduced into service in 1943 and was issued to men of both the British Army and Royal Air Force who were serving in the Far East in the latter part of the Second World War. Made from a cotton drill which was vat dyed a grey-green colour, the trousers have a similar look to denim trousers of the same period. They feature two straps and buckles to fasten the waist - the same style as used on KD shorts. A double pleated first field dressing pocket is located on the right hip whilst the left leg has a map pocket which features a single pleat - a feature unique to this pattern. Both pockets fasten with stamp steel buttons which have a corrosion inhibitive zinc finish. More of these buttons are found at the fly and around the inside edge of the waist for braces. The rear of the trousers also features a pleated patch pocket which again fastens with a zinc plated button.
Inside the trousers the circular stamp usually found on Indian made items can be found on the reverse of one of the pocket bags and it bears the 1943 date which means that these trousers were made in the first year of production.
The trousers will fit around a 30" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 15"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 16 1/2"
Inside leg - 30"
Outside leg - 43"
Cuff - 10"
The trousers are in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. They show no real signs of wear or use and are still in very clean condition. There is a mark to the seat and a slight pull to the stitching at the crotch (picture 15) but these are only minor flaws which do not really detract from the piece. On the whole they are a very clean pair of trousers which display well and would be hard to improve on.
A very nice pair of original Jungle Green Battledress Trousers in excellent condition and with an early date.
A fantastic looking example of this rare pattern of trousers which have a nice clear date. These would make an excellent addition to any collection without a doubt!