Pockets, Cargo, 17th ABN Style
Pockets, Cargo, 17th ABN StyleThese are made from the same type of creosote treated canvas as were the genuine late war airborne trousers. The set includes dark green canvas pockets, knee patches, and canvas leg ties. The snaps are finished dull black. These pockets are slight wider at the bottom and deeper than the above 82nd/101st Abn style.
These pockets were historically worn on the Trousers, Field, Cotton, OD or M43 pants specifically by troopers of the 17th Airborne Division in the ETO of WWII. This unit was in the same position as the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions that the need to add large cargo pockets to the new M43 uniform was evident. For some reason however the style of the pockets worn by this unit was slightly different in dimension and included large canvas patches to reinforce the knee areas of the trousers. Though this was not specifically a rigger-made modification to the uniforms, the modification of the trousers with large cargo pocket was unique to strictly these airborne units.