An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1945 and in hard to find large size 34x33.
This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which do not 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 coloured vegetable ivory (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 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue. Interstingly, the lining in the trousers is of white coloured cotton drill rather than the usual khaki colour. This is a manudacturing quirk rarely encountered.
The trousers will suit up to a 35" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17 1/2"
Inside leg - 33"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use. There are a couple of very small holes to the front around the map pocket as illustrated in the pictures but overall they display well. Overall they have an authentic look with wear in all the 'right' places. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that these are a vintage, pre-owned pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A good original pair of Wartime trousers which would suit a collector or re-enactor well.