A rare original pair of 1945 dated Indian made British Khaki Drill Trousers in well used condition.
This pattern of trousers with the cross belt waist came into issue with British forces in 1944. It stayed in use well into the 1960s under different designations including '1950 pattern'. The waist belt was designed to be adjustable to account for the wear losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'. This style was used by both the British Army and RAF.
The trousers are made from the standard khaki coloured cotton drill used for British KD items during the Second World War. They are cut with a high rise waist and wide leg in keeping with the fashion of the period. The fly fastens with Indian pattern zinc buttons as is common to find during this period. The correct metal, single prong buckles are fitted to the waist and fasten the waist belts.
Inside the trousers the original stamps are still present including a clear makers stamp which bears the initials 'B. K' and the 1945 date. The standard circular Indian stamp is also present adjacent to this.
The trousers are a smaller size and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 14"
Rise - 14"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Inside leg - 30"
Outside leg - 42"
Due to the style of waist belt the trousers waist can be adjusted by a couple of inches.
The trousers are in well used condition as can be seen in the pictures. There is plenty of staining and wear and some period repairs. The trousers are still very wearable but please study the pictures before purchasing.
Whilst far from perfect, these trousers have a fantastic worn look to them which would be impossible to replicate. Not only that but they are wartime dated examples which are very hard to find!
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