A rare original pair of Indian made British Jungle Green Battledress Trousers dating from the Second World War and in good condition.
This pattern of trousers was introduced into service in 1943 and was issued to men of both the British Army and Royal Air Force who were serving in the Far East in the latter part of the Second World War. Made from a cotton drill which was vat dyed a grey-green colour, the trousers have a similar look to denim trousers of the same period. They feature two straps and buckles to fasten the waist - the same style as used on KD shorts and trousers from 1941 onwards.
A double pleated first field dressing pocket is located on the right hip whilst the left leg has a map pocket which features a single pleat - a feature unique to this pattern. Both pockets fasten with stamped steel buttons which have a corrosion inhibitive zinc finish. More of these buttons are found at the fly and around the inside edge of the waist for braces. These buttons are usually missing or replaced but this pair retains all their original buttons. The rear of the trousers also features a pleated patch pocket which again fastens with a zinc plated button. Three more zinc buttons are placed to the exterior of the waistband and are designed to be buttoned onto the battledress jacket.
Inside the trousers the manufacturer's name is marked to the waistband but is hard to read. The Indian stamp usually found on Indian made items can be found on the reverse of one of the pocket bags but is again hard to read.
The trousers will fit around a 32-33" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 16 3/4"
Inside leg - 30"
Outside leg - 42 1/2"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Cuff - 10"
The trousers are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly been worn an issued but do not show signs of undue wear or use. There is some light staining etc but overall they are a very wearable pair of trousers. Please study the pictures to access the condition for yourself.
A fantastic example of this rare pattern of trousers complete with all their original buttons and buckles. These would make an excellent addition to any collection without a doubt!
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