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Original 1944 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers
An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1944 and in great condition.
This pattern of trousers came into issue in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which don't feature belt loops, covered pockets or tabs to the bottom of the legs as the earlier patterns did.
This particular example no longer retains its original factory label but does still bare the War Department WD stamp to the interior. This features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of issue. The lining also bares the original owners name 'Glasscock'.
The trousers are a good size measuring at a 34" waist and a 31 1/2" leg making them ideal for both the re-enactor and collector alike.
The condition of the trousers is great and whilst they have clearly been issued, as the owners name has been added inside, they clearly saw extremely limited use. The nap of the cloth is excellent and not worn down or shaved, all the original buttons are present and the lining is clean. The only small flaw I can find with the trousers is a very small hole to the rear just to the left of the pocket which I have attached a photograph of.
All in all a very good pair of original WW2 dated BD trousers in a good wearable size and excellent condition.