An original pair of 1951 dated United States Army M43 Combat trousers in good condition.
This pattern of trousers was introduced in the middle of the Second World War alongside the M1943 Combat Jacket. Officially designated 'Trousers, Field, Cotton OD', these trousers saw extensive issue with US units during the last two years of the war, especially in the ETO. They also saw issue in the Korean War.
This particular pair of trousers were made just before the introduction of the M1951 system making them one of the last pairs to be made. Aside from the reversed take up tabs they are identical to earlier manufactured examples in every way.
Made from an olive drab coloured cotton sateen, these trousers were designed to be worn over wool trousers. They feature a button fly, ankle tabs to the bottom of the leg and angled slash pockets to the hips. The rear of the trousers feature two welt pockets and belt loops are fitted around the waist. Waist adjusters are also present to each hip.
Inside the trousers the original labels are still present and legible. The fitting instruction label can be found to the interior of the seat whilst the manufacturer's label is located to the rear of one of the pocket bags. It bears the pattern date of Feb 22 1945 and the contract date of April 3, 1951. The Mil Spec number is MIL-T-2060 which was used for a number of years prior to this. The size is stated as 30x32.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 14 3/4"
Rise - 12 1/2"
Rear rise - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 31 1/2"
Outside leg - 43 1/2"
The trousers are in good wearable condition and display well overall. They show signs of wear and use and there is some limited staining as can be seen in pictures. Please take time to study them before purchasing and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of military trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice pair of original US Army combat trousers!
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