German Luftwaffe Officers Gabardine Jodhpurs
Superb reproduction WW2 Luftwaffe Officers service jodhpurs.
Jodhpurs first became popular in Western Europein the late 19th Century. The Indian Prince Pratap Singh attended a polo tournament in Britain celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The success of his Indian team was in no small part attributed to their trousers, a take on traditional Indian horse-riding trousers. The tight calves leading to the flared, baggy thighs gave the rider great mobility in the saddle. ‘Jodhpurs’, named after the largest city in the state of Rajasthan from which Pratap Singh hailed, became popular as both fashion and practical equestrian wear by the early 20th century.
Juxtaposing a decline in the role of cavalry in the military, jodhpurs also grew in popularity amongst military staff officers acrossEurope. Most staff officers were aristocrats who traditionally served in elite cavalry units, making jodhpurs as much a status symbol as anything else. The use of jodhpurs by German military officers pre-dates the First World War.
These WW2 Luftwaffe Officers Gabardine Jodhpurs feature a four-button fly secured with a metal hook and loop fastening. Each hip features a slash pocket secured with a button. There is one rear pocket and a watch pocket also. There are front and rear buttons for attaching braces. At the bottom of each leg are lace ties that fit into metal eyelets, as well three final buttons. These trousers are tapered to fit inside officer jack boots.
These breeches are made from the same quality material as the officer tunics – perfect for re-enacting!
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