H007686 TROPICAL SHORT PANTS. (Tropen Kurze Hosen)

BACKGROUND: In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, tropical uniforms and equipment were quickly developed and issued in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnelís arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. Originally the tropical uniforms were only intended for wear in North Africa but that was later expanded to include personnel serving in southern areas of continental Europe during the summer months, (May 1ST to September 30TH). The design of the tropical uniform items were based on the standard continental uniform items but in a different color and material. Due to the hot climate one of the tropical uniform items developed were short pants. As a safety precaution regulations dictated that the short pants were not to be worn during combat but only when personnel were behind the front lines.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Light weight, ribbed, khaki/olive, cotton twill construction shorts feature a vertical, four button French fly with an additional two buttons positioned on the waistband. The shorts are missing all but one of their original buttons. They are the standard four hole metal type and should be easy to replace. The waistband has a tunnel looped, khaki/tan, canvas belt with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave, to the right side of the fly with a corresponding, rectangular, open, triple claw, olive drab painted, magnetic sheet metal buckle to the left side of the fly. The waistband also a single vertical belt loop to the left side to secure the belt in place. The shorts have two, diagonally angled, slash, front pockets and a small, horizontal slash, watch pocket situated below the right waistband. The reverse of the shorts have two, small, vertical, tapering darts and a horizontal slash pocket with a single button closure to the right seat. The shorts have a dual-ply reinforced crotch and hemmed cuffs. The interior waistband lining and the pocket bags are all constructed in ribbed, white, cotton twill. Nice Depot and size markings. The shorts are roughly size 32" waist.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $359.00

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