CS95 Trousers

There are still many items of very common militaria that have not been covered on this blog yet and every so often I take a look and realise I haven’t yet covered something that should be very basic. The CS95 pattern of DPM trousers is one such item and looking back I was surprised to find I hadn’t written a post about this yet. Therefore tonight we are going to take a detailed look at this particular item of uniform:imageThe CS95 uniform was trialled between 1992 and 1995 and came into service in 1995. Whilst the shirts were a major departure from what had gone before, the trousers were less distinctive, the buttons being held on by tape being the most obvious feature. These buttons are used to secure the large patch pocket on the left leg:imageAnd the smaller rear patch pocket over the right buttock:imageThe fly fastenings for the CS95 trousers consist of a zip:imageAlong with a drawstring and button:imageAs well as the drawstring, a pair of buttoned tabs allow the waist size to be adjusted:imageDraw strings are fitted to the cuff of each trouser leg:imageCS95 trousers have two labels inside, the standard sizing and stores label:imageAnd a second DCTA (Defence Clothing and Textile Agency) label:imageThe design of CS95 trousers seems to have been a popular one, especially after the generally poor reputation of the 1985 pattern combat trousers and those made from ripstop fabrics:

Standard CS95 trousers are a better bit of kit. Comfy, easy to iron, smarter looking, and most importantly very fast drying in the field

The CS95 Trousers were produced in both temperate DPM, like this pair, and in Desert DPM for use in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Initial runs of the new MTP uniform used this pattern as well, but this was rapidly replaced with a new design and the older CS95 MTP uniform has become particularly hard to find and sought after by troops and collectors.

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