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Light Shade HBT Trouser
Light Shade HBT Trouser

: $59.99

Light Shade HBT Trouser Size*:

Product Description
In late 1942, the Army introduced the "simplified two piece suit"- commonly referred to as the "2nd pattern HBT uniform" by collectors. This was to simplify and improve upon the first herringbone twill design from the previous year.

At this same time, for improved concealment purposes, the decision was made to change the color from the light sage green shade, to the darker olive drab number 7. Manufacturers were to use existing stocks of the sage green fabric until exhausted, then make the switch to the new shade, which led to both colors being manufactured simultaneously during the first half of 1943. The two colors sometimes shared spec numbers, but their stock numbers did differ.

The light shade uniforms were issued concurrently with the OD7 versions- it is highly probably that many soldiers wore suits of mixed colors (light trousers, OD7 jacket etc). These uniforms were general issue to all soldiers of the US Army and were worn until the end of the War.

For more info and photos of originals, see out blog post About WWII HBT Uniforms.

Our reproduction trousers were patterned from original examples, with all the same details. Button fly with "gas flap", double needle chain stitch seams, and cargo pockets. The fit is loose and baggy, (similar to ACU/ BDU pants) with a relatively high rise.

Fit: Our sizing is the same as modern jeans- just check your Levis', J. Crew, Lucky's etc and go off that size.

Shrinkage: About 1.5" in length.

Inseams: All are size 33 inseam- when new they measure about 34.5" and will shrink to 33" after washing.

100% cotton.