H027684 "KEILHOSE" COMBAT FIELD PANTS. (Keilhose)

BACKGROUND: The German Heer, (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 Trooper’s pants and the Panzer and Assault Gunner’s pants. The standard issue long pants were a basic uniform item for all unmounted personnel and was obligatory wear for all ranks for the field dress. The long pants were also worn by EM/NCO’s with the service, guard and reporting dress and by NCO’s with the undress uniform. The long pants with branch of service piping down the outside leg seams were also worn by unmounted EM/NCO’s with the parade dress and by all ranks with the walking out dress. Originally the long pants were produced in stone grey fabric until 1940 when regulations dictated that newly produced long pants be constructed in field-grey fabric. Some long pants, primarily work, drill and later produced combat pants were also produced in reed green fabric. The "Keilhose" pants were basically a cross between the standard straight legged long pants and the Mountain Trooper’s pants with minor variations. The "Keilhose" pants were designed for combat wear with the most noticeable features being a seat and crotch reinforcement panel and tapered cuffs which made gave them a rather sloppy appearance making them rather unsuitable for regular, off-duty wear, although they were worn as such. Officers and certain Senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain Senior NCO’s 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: Text book pair of issued, field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction "Keilhose" style combat pants with a dual-ply, field-grey, wool/rayon blend reinforced seat and crotch. The pants feature a vertical, four button, French fly with an additional two buttons positioned on the horizontal waistband. All buttons look to be original stitching. Nice size and depot markings. Original owner name. Roughly a size 32" waist. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition. Nice!

GRADE ****                             PRICE $1,150.00

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