Rare 1940 Dated British Army Drill Green Fatigue Trousers - Size 4

Rare 1940 Dated British Army Drill Green Fatigue Trousers - Size 4

Code: 55543


A rare original pair of first pattern British Army Drill Green Fatigue Trousers which were made in 1940.

At first glance these trousers appear to be a standard wartime pattern Denim Battledress trousers when in fact they are the much rarer drill pattern. Rather than being made of denim, this pattern of trousers is made from cotton drill which is a noticeably more vivid green colour. Items were made in this material between 1940 and 1945, most likely due to a shortage of denim but are very rare to find today - Let alone in unworn condition like this pair.

The trousers are cut in the same way as their denim counterparts with a wide leg and a high rise. They feature a single pleated first field dressing pocket to the right hip which is one of the main attributes of the first pattern. A large map pocket is located to the left thigh and belt loops are located around the waist. The fly fastens with stamped brass buttons as were commonly used on early WW2 British uniform and more buttons are located around the waist to which braces can be attached. There are also tabs located to the bottom of each leg which is yet another feature found on early trousers.

To the rear of the trousers the original paper label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title 'Overalls Trousers Drill No. 4A' below which is the size of 4. The maker's name of 'Eastex Ltd' is also present as is the 1940 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. An issue stamp is also present which has been applied over the label and reads 'OCT 1940'. 

The trousers are designed to be worn over the battledress uniform so should be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure - 

Waist - 18"
Rise - 17"
Rear rise - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 32"
Outside leg - 46"
Cuff - 10"

The trousers are in excellent, unworn condition. They have clearly never been issued or worn and could be described as deadstock. They have been in storage since they were made in 1940. They display well and are very wearable but please take time to study the pictures provided and bear in mind that they are a pre-worn work item which may have small flaws commensurate with age. 

A scarce pair of original wartime British work trousers rarely encountered today. These would make a fine addition to any collection.