An original pair of British Army 1946 Pattern Battledress trousers in excellent condition.
These trousers came into issue in 1946 replacing the 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers, although the pattern was hardly changed. The only real difference is that inside the waistband there are twice as many brace buttons as in the 1940 pattern!
The trousers look the same as wartime austerity pattern trousers from the outside featuring a large map pocket to the left thigh, First Field Dressing pocket and rear pocket - all with exposed buttons. There are also two buttons to the rear which attach the blouse to the trousers. All the buttons are the chocolate brown coloured plastic type used during the Second World War.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and states the size as No.11 which is designed to fit a 33-34" wasit. The manufacturer's name is marked as 'R. O. F' below which is the 1947 date.
As well as this the War Department acceptance stamp is also present and surmounted by the letter 'R' which denotes 1948 as the year of issue.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 16 1/2"
Rise - 16"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 30"
Outside leg - 42"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in great condition as can be seen from the photographs and display very well. There are four small moth nips to the front left leg and a small hole to the rear as can be seen in pictures. These flaws are only noticeable under close inspection and overall they display very well.
These trousers are ideal to fill a gap in a ww2 collection or for a re-enactor as they are identical to wartime pattern trousers from the outside.
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