An original pair of British 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts dating from the early to mid war period.
Unlike a lot of KD items offered onto the market today, these shorts are clearly British made and much rarer than theatre made examples. They are the standard 1941 pattern with the first field dressing pocket to the right hip, brass buttons and the double belt and buckle closure at the waist.
This pattern of shorts saw widespread issue throughout the Second World War with the British Army, RAF and Royal Navy amongst others. They are made from a light tan coloured cotton drill which is well suited to the hot climates.
Inside the shorts the War Department acceptance stamp is still just visible and is not surmounted by a letter. This style of stamp is encountered from time to time, usually on early war items.
The shorts are an average size which will fit around a 31" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 15 3/4"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 8"
Outside leg - 21 1/2"
Cuff - 13 1/2"
The overall condition of the short is good and they display well. They are well worn with signs of age and use. There is staining and a very small hole near the crotch so please take time to study the pictures. They still appear wearable but have issues commensurate with their vintage.
All in all a nice original pair of wartime shorts. British made examples are much harder to find making these more desirable than other KD shorts on the market.
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