An original pair of French Army Model 1935 canvas over trousers as worn during WW2 as well as in the post-war period.
This pattern was introduced in the middle of the 1930s for use with tank crews, armoured car crews, motorcyclists and similar. They saw extensive use during the Battle for France in 1940 as well as post-war which is when this pair was manufactured. They are often referred to as 'Pants Cachou'.
The trousers are made from a green coloured duck cotton canvas which was used for workwear in France during this period due to its hard wearing nature. Two patch pockets are located to the front of the trousers and a waist belt is located above this which is permantly stitched to the rear of the trousers and fastens with a wire buckle. The fly fastens with buttons which are metal and marked 'Equipment Militaires' to the front which are often found on French military items from this period.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and bears the size of 2 as well as the maker's name and the factory location of Bordeaux.
Like all overall trousers, these are designed to be worn as an outer layer over the top of trousers which means they are cut in an oversized manner. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17 1/2"
Rise - 13 1/2"
Rear rise - 20"
Inside leg - 29 1/2"
Outside leg - 42"
Cuff - 11"
The trousers are in excellent condition and appear to have never been issued or worn. They display extremely well and are still very wearable, even retaining their original paper label to the bottom of the left leg. One of the ankle buckles has been removed which is reflected in the price. Please take time to study the pictures as they are a vintage pair of trousers which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original pair of wartime pattern trousers in excellent condition.