This pattern of pocket is modelled after the ones used by the 17th Airborne Division, which differs slightly in style from those used by the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. Namely, the pockets are larger and wider at the bottom than their counterparts.
Immediately after the Normandy invasion, the US army started to outfit divisions with the recently developed M1943 uniform. There was however a small flaw. The M42 uniform it replaced had large cargo leg pockets designed to hold all the extra items of equipment the paratroopers needed for fighting behind enemy lines. The newly adopted M1943 trousers did not.
In order to rectify this, the Parachute Maintenance Sections set about making pockets for the trousers. The material they used was the same treated canvas which had been used to modify the M1942 uniforms for Normandy and they copied the M42 pocket design, albeit it with a few modifications.
Ours are made using a strong waxed canvas and sewn with heavy duty thread. High quality metal snaps complete the finished product and these should give you years of faithful use.
These come with webbing leg ties and we can supply these either with or without the associated knee pads, so simply choose from the drop down menu.
These are usually made to order. Please allow up to 3 weeks for dispatch.
We are also able to sew these on should you require this. Please contact us to find out more.