Other Ranks field grey woollen trousers : German Army

Accession Number RELAWM05403.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Ferrous metal buckle, Field grey woollen fabric, Grey plastic buttons, Grey pressed zinc buttons, White cotton fabric
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Uniforms
Maker Military contractor
Place made Germany
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

German Army Other Ranks field grey woollen trousers (tuchhose) with scarlet piping in the outside seam of both legs. There is a pocket with a buttoned diagonal slit opening in the front of both hips, and another pocket for a fob watch in the front right side, between the pocket and the fly. It has a small tape loop above it. The concealed buttons on the fly and the ones on the pockets are made from grey plastic. The ones on the waistband for braces are made from grey pressed zinc(?). 'G.K.S.' is embossed on the reverse of some of the buttons. Across the back of the waistband, from side seam to side seam, is a tape adjustment strap with a gold coloured ferrous metal buckle. The waistband is very high at the back, and has a V-shaped wedge cut out of it at the midpoint. 'B.(?)XX. / 1918' is stamped in purple inside the front righthand side of the waistband. '78 86 / 111 100' and '(?)ERSCHL.ZENTRAL.-BEKL / GENOSS.E.G.m.b.H. / OPPELN' are stamped nearby in black.

History / Summary

Collected on 8 August 1918 by 5 Division Salvage Company, AIF. Archive records indicate that the unit was stationed at Hangy-Fronville on that day. A representative visited and inspected the captured area around Warfusee, Lamotte, Bayonvillers, and noted the salvage for collection. The unit received instructions to move to Villers Bretonneux at the end of the day. Refer to file AWM26 567/2.