Developed in 1941 for the USMC as part of a two-piece coat/trouser suit for combat and work, replacing the denim suits of earlier issue, the 1941-Pattern Herringbone Twill (HBT) Utility Trousers became the definitive combat trouser for the USMC in WWII. The original design featured external patch pockets on the front thighs, which were replaced with internally hung pockets in a later design that first is seen in combat in early 1944, thus the first-model trouser is far more rare and the only correct HBT trouser for the USMC prior to 1944, though these early trousers can still be seen in use in 1945.
Buzz Rickson brand is the only current manufacturer of the first-model trousers on the market at this time, and they have duplicated these trousers to their usual high level of quality and authenticity, including having the all-cotton, light-shade HBT fabric made on vintage looms and sewing the trousers using all-cotton thread on vintage sewing machines, with all stress points correctly bar tacked for extra strength. Additionally, the trousers are outfitted with black-lacquered USMC buttons and they have been given an industrial cold-water rinse to minimize shrinkage and provide greater softness and a look of vintage appeal rather than a rigid, out-of-the-box new look. Buzz Rickson military trousers are intended for hard, active use and long life; these are uniform items, NOT costumery.
Please see our SIZING TIPS for advice on how to get the correct fit.
Buzz Rickson’s goods are imported from Japan
Buzz Rickson Pattern-1941 USMC Utility Trousers, First Model
About this Style: These are medium-cut, straight-leg trousers with a wide thigh and higher rise. Most customers love the fit and style of these, finding them to be very comfortable, stylish, easy to wear, and with ruggedness to spare.
Tip 1: Follow the instructions entitled “How to Use Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit” listed under the PRODUCT MEASUREMENTS tab for this product. After finding no substantive conflicts with your body measures obtained under the BODY MEASURING tab, order this garment in a size that corresponds closely to the circumference of your waistline where you wear your trousers. For example: If you measure 35” in circumference at your waistline, order size 36. If you prefer a roomier or longer fit, then order the next available size after reviewing all relative measures that pertain to that size, and if you prefer a more snug fit, then go down one size.
Tip 2: Please note that your waist circumference measure is not necessarily the labeled size you wear in another pair of trousers you may own from a different maker or even the same maker, so please take the time to obtain your true waist circumference measure so as to compare to our chart of measures; this will enable us to perform a better job getting you the right size and minimize your chances in having to deal with the hassle and cost of exchanges.
Please ask us for fitting advice if in doubt.
Tip 3: Individuals who prefer looser fits can go up a size if they so choose. Those with a waist measure that is more than 1” in excess of our largest size available should not order this product. If you are unsure of the size to order we will assist you; please contact us with the following information: Waist circumference measure at your waistline where you wear your trousers, inseam measure, as well as the type of fit you prefer: Trim or roomy.
Buzz Rickson Pattern-1941 USMC Utility Trousers, First Model
The following table provides actual product measures. These measures are provided as an aid because, in conjunction with our SIZING TIPS for each product, they can sometimes be very useful when comparing the measurements from this garment to the measures of your body and other trousers you may own.
Our measures were derived from averaging many garments of the same size from each specific size in the range of any given product, thus the measures provided are representative for each size but they may not be exactly what you will receive. Some fluctuation in size is normal and to be expected, especially in these garments that have been manufactured on vintage machinery using natural fibers; the vintage machinery and techniques that create sought-after looks and fabrics are also less precise than machines contemporary to the current era. Please note that we measure the true waist circumference and we do NOT measure the waist by simply doubling the width of the waist area.
How to Use the Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit:
1) Use the measurements listed for this product and information found under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTS to understand our measuring technique.
2) Measure your waist circumference as per the tab on this web site specifically addressing BODY MEASURING (measure your waist either at its widest point or where you wear your trousers, or if you have a hefty mid-section and wear your trousers below your belly, then measure the circumference where you wear trousers). Compare your waist measure to the waist measure of this product.
3) Again, using the measurements listed for this product and information under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTS to understand our measuring technique, measure the various other areas of your body, such as inseam length and front rise, etc., then compare to our product.
4) You can also compare the measures of our product to measures on trousers you may currently own to see how our product compares.
5) Using your body measures and the listed garment measures for our product and/or any comparisons to trousers you own, follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab specific to this product to obtain a good fit.
A Good Fit:
This is highly subjective - what one person may think is too big, another may think fits perfectly. Some garments are cut quite generously and others are cut quite trimly. If comparing measurements of one of our products to another you may own, some individuals will surely find that none or maybe only one area of measure is commonly shared or remotely close to being the same. Ultimately, waist measure is the most important area to properly fit, then all other areas of measure will have to fall into place.
It is best to compare your actual body measures to the listed measures of this product AND follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab to obtain a good fit.