An original pair of 'Trousers, Snow Suit' dating from the Second World War.
These trousers were designed to be worn with the matching snow smock and are made from the same hard wearing cotton twill as the jacket. They feature a drawstring waist and map pocket to the front whilst the knee area is reinforced with a second layer of cotton twill. The map pocket fastens with a chocolate brown button which is typical of items manufactured in 1942.
They were issued throughout the war to various British units and also some American units (including airborne) in the Ardennes.
The original label is still present at the rear of the trousers but has been washed out. The trousers were almost certainly made in 1942 however and are a guaranteed wartime item. The label would have most likely stated these as a size No.4
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 23"
Inside leg - 33 1/2"
Outside leg - 48 1/2"
Rise - 17"
Rear Rise - 20"
The trousers are in reasonable condition for their age but they do have some stains. They are not heavily worn or damaged but have clearly been worn as can be seen in the pictures. The cotton tape drawstring which fastens around the waist has also been removed.
All in all a good example in many respects. These could suit both a collector or re-enactor well!
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