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An original pair of original 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers in excellent condition and dating from the 1970s.
This pattern of trousers with the cross belt waist came into issue with British forces in 1944. It stayed in use well into the 1970s under different designations including '1950 pattern'. The waist belt was designed to be adjustable to account for the wearer losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'.
The trousers are made from a green coloured cotton drill material and feature a twin pleated front, slash pockets to the hips, twin rear pockets and a map pocket to the left leg. The fly fastens with green plastic buttons as do the pockets and the waist belts fasten with single prong buckles made from metal.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is reasonably legible. The title of 'Trousers, Men's Olive Drab' can be seen at the top of the label and the size is stated as No. 10. When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 17 1/4"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 17"
Inside leg - 32"
Outside leg - 46 1/2"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in very good condition with no signs of serious wear or use. All the buttons are present as are the metal waist buckles and overall they display well. Please take time to study the pictures and remember that these are a pre-owned, vintage pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice pair of this hard to find pattern of trousers in very good condition.