A nice original pair of Indian made 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts clearly dated 1944 an in good condition.
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 First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The front of the shorts fastens with two small buckles as was standard for British shorts in the Second World War. The shorts feature a double pleated front and rear which is a feature of these British pattern Wartime items.
The shorts retain some of their original indian made button which feature two ridges. The stitching on these buttons is notoriously bad meaning that some have been replaced with period examples over time; namely stamp zinc and British made brass examples. Buckles are fitted to the two front straps and belt loops are found at the waist.
Inside the shorts a plethora of stamps can be found, most of which are typically found on Indian made KD items. The round date stamp can be found to the rear of one of the pocket bags and the 1944 year can be seen clearly. There is also the circular size stamp which reads '15' and a final stamp which appears to bear the date an possibly the manufactures name although it is somewhat faded.
The shorts will fit around a 30" waist an when laid flat measure -
Waist - 15 1/2"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 11 1/4"
Outside leg - 25"
Cuff - 14"
The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. They show no signs of excessive or undue wear with just a limited amount of staining, particularly around the seat. 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 very nice pair of wartime shorts with a good clear date and in nice condition. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!