A scarce original pair of 1940 dated Battledress Serge trousers in a tall size.
These trousers are the first pattern of battledress trousers which were introduced in 1938. They were produced in 1939 and 1940 until being replaced by the 1940 pattern in the middle of 1940. Due to the limited production time they are now very rare and sought after being the only pattern worn by the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1939 and 1940.
The trousers are made from a khaki green coloured serge wool and feature stamped brass buttons throughout, aside from a couple of replacements at the fly. Belt loops are fitted around the waist and there is a large map pocket to the front of the left leg. One of the distinguishing features of the first pattern trousers is the single pleated First Field Dressing pocket which is located to the right hip. The rear of the trousers features a single flapped pocket and buttons to which the jacket can be fastened.
Inside the trousers the original War Department acceptance stamp is still present and whilst somewhat worn is still legible. It is surmounted by the letter Q which denotes 1940 as the year of manufacture.
The trousers are a rare larger, tall size which will fit a 33" waist well. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 16 3/4"
Inside leg - 35"
The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use etc. There is a repair to the front left knee along the crease which is illustrated in picture 5. There are also two other small holes illustrated in the same picture although these are only noticeable under close inspection. There are two more small repairs towards the cuffs and one is slightly frayed as shown in picture 12. Overall the trousers display well and would be wearable but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-worn item.
A rare pair of early WW2 trousers in a hard to find larger size. These are a must have for the serious Dunkirk or BEF collector!