BACKGROUND: The German army utilized a wide variety of long trousers and breeches including the M35 dress pants, the standard straight legged long pants, assorted breeches, drill and field pants, tapered "keilhose" pants and assorted specialized pants designed for specific branch of service personnel such as the Mountain troopers pants and the Panzer and Assault Gunnerís pants. The HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), uniforms which included a tunic and pants were originally introduced on April 1ST 1933 to be utilized as a drill uniform and save wear and tear on the service uniform and field blouse. Regulations prescribed that the drill uniform was the basic uniform to worn by all new recruits for most daily functions. Originally the drill uniforms were constructed in natural, unbleached cotton with an HBT weave that proved especially durable but impractical due to easy soiling. On February 12TH 1940 the color of the drill uniforms was altered to a more practical reed green coloration. The drill uniforms were utilized for the duration of the war with minor modifications that followed the basic modifications of the standard issue uniforms through-out the war. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the armyís Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCOís could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Mid-war, (circa 1943), reed green, cotton/rayon blend construction, straight legged, combat pants with an HBT weave, feature a vertical, four button French fly with an additional two buttons positioned on the waistband. The exterior waistband has four, vertical, button down, belt loops with one positioned on either side of the fly and two to the reverse center. The front of the pants have two, vertical, reverse pleats, two diagonally angled, slash pockets and an additional horizontal slash, watch pocket with a straight edged button down flap, positioned beneath the right front waistband. The right front of the pants have the addition of a small, stitched on, metal ring, designed to secure a watch chain. The reverse of the pants have a single, horizontal, slash pocket with a single button closure to the right seat and dual, horizontal, fit adjustment straps with corresponding, black painted, magnetic sheet metal buckles to each. Nice markings. Buttons all look to be original stitching. The pants are roughly size 30" waist.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $985.00

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