An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1945 and in good condition.
This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which don't feature belt loops, covered buttons to the pockets or tabs to the bottom of the legs as the earlier patterns did. They are made from the standard khaki green serge wool used for British uniforms during this period and are fitted with green plastic buttons, typical of 1945 manufacture.
This particular example no longer retains its original factory label but there is an outline of where it was originally stitched. They do still bear the War Department acceptance stamp to the interior however which is surmounted by the letter 'L' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue. The number 10 is also stamped to the interior which denotes the size.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 15"
Inside leg - 28 1/2" (1 1/2" extra material inside return)
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining and the nap of the serge is more in places, particularly to the edge of the fly and pockets but overall they display well. Overall they have an authentic look with wear in all the 'right' places. Please study the pictures.
A good original pair of Wartime trousers which would suit a collector or re-enactor well.
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