Original WW2 American Made War Aid British Army Battledress Trousers

Original WW2 American Made War Aid British Army Battledress Trousers

Code: 55822

£160.00 Approx $199.25, €186.26
 

An original pair of ‘War Aid’ British Army Battledress Trousers made in the United States as part of the lend-lease agreement during the Second World War.

The lend-lease policy which America undertook with allied countries from 1941 onwards led to this pattern of Battledress being made in the United States for British Soldiers. Most examples ended up in the Italian campaign but some made it back to England. Whilst the jackets come onto the market from time to time, trousers are much less common.

This particular pair of trousers bears all the usual features of the War Aid pattern. The serge has its only particular hue of green, the buttons are American style and the interior is lined with white cotton. They feature exposed buttons on the map pocket and rear pocket as well as the single pleat first field dressing pocket. This assortment of details was only used together on the War Aid pattern making them an interesting pattern to own.

Inside the trousers still retain their original label although it is quite washed out. No real details can be read but this pattern was only produced during the war so manufacture can be dated to between 1943 and 1945.

The trousers are a larger size which will suit a 36" waist and when laid flat they measure - 

Waist - 18"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 
Inside leg - 26" (2 3/4" material to let down)
Outside leg - 38"
Cuff - 19 1/2"

The trousers are in used condition with various signs of wear and age. Overall they display reasonably well and are totally wearable but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item which has some flaws commensurate with age. 

A rare pair of original wartime trousers in a larger hard to find size.   

The overall condition of the trousers is good as can be seen in the pictures. They have been worn and washed but there are no signs of any serious damage and they display well.

Altogether a nice original pair of hard to find wartime trousers in a good wearable size.