The complete failure of the Norway expedition in 1940 highlighted that the British were woefully unprepared to fight in snowy and mountainous conditions. Based on this experience, the Army trained the Scottish 52nd (Lowland) Division as a mountain warfare unit, and began to equip it for this environment. Part of the equipment introduced was a rugged two part denim suit with a pullover smock and drawstring over trouser. These patterns would prove to be so well liked that they would go on to be used for the next 35 years! Many of you will already know the smock, produced in multiple colours and camouflage patterns, but the original version was denim, and my god are these hard to get hold of. Whats even rarer than the smock is the matching trousers!
Made of thick, hardwearing green denim, these pieces were built for combat in extreme environments. As ever with these suits, they're designed as over garments, and are produced in a generous cut.
These trousers are in worn condition, but have as my Japanese friends would say, great atmosphere. The denim is still solid but has a number of repairs, notably to the upper front, and some smaller repairs on the back.
- No tag, but stamped a size 2
- Waist 21.5"
- Inside leg 32"
- Outside leg 48"