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Mike C
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Is it possible to tell the difference between First War issue wool trousers and Second War ones, absent any labels? Were different construction methods used? I am pretty sure I can tell a First War tunic from a later one because of the different way they were made, but have no idea concerning the trousers. I have a pair I believe to be British, but not sure of the era.

Any help appreciated.

Mike C

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some pics of Great War era trousers. I'm sure Joe will fill us in on the finer points.

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side view

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pair with 1918 paper label ( sadly not mine but briefly on my coffee table )

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more

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inside

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Can't add anything to the pictures Uncle Bill posted.

The double button arrangement came in after June 1915. Before it was single button.

In 1921 the cut of the SD trouser changed and is very apparant in the waist.

I can't post pictures right now. But if the rise in the back differs from the posted pictures it probably was made after 1921. The post 1921 trousers have a higher rise and no separate yoke and reverted to a single button/brass arrangement.

Also on WWI trpusers you'll find a double sticth at the base of the pockets.

This is only difference between SD trousers. If you talking any trousers (37 vs WWI). If it has exterior patch pockets and lots of accessories its 37 or later pattern.

Joe Sweeney

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