BACKGROUND: The German army utilized a wide variety of long trousers and breeches including the M35 dress pants, the standard, straight legged, long pants, drill and field pants, tapered "keilhose" pants and assorted specialized pants designed for specific branch of service personnel such as the Mountain troopers pants, the Panzer and Assault Gunnerís pants and breeches for mounted personnel. Mounted personnel in all branches of service utilized the riding breeches which were to be worn with most of the uniform types. As with the standard issue long pants the mounted breeches were originally produced in stone grey fabric until 1940 when regulations dictated that newly produced breeches be constructed in field-grey fabric. Originally the seat and crotch of the riding breeches were out-fitted with a leather reinforcement panel which was replaced, early in the war, with a dual-ply, field-grey wool or wool blend material reinforcement panel due to leather shortages. 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: Nice quality private purchase field-grey wool/rayon blend construction riding breeches with large, dual-ply, brushed, natural tan leather reinforcement panels to the seat, crotch and inner thighs. The breeches feature a vertical, four button, French fly with a sheet metal hook and eye positioned on the horizontal waistband. The breeches have two, diagonally angled, slash front pockets with single button closures and a small, horizontal, watch pocket, to the right side of the fly. Nice worn and used example showing the expected age, wear and period sewing repairs. The breeches are roughly size 28" waist.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $495.00

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