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1950s & 1960 Pattern Combat Trouser and Smock Zip Lengths


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To assist fellow enthusiasts, the old War Department / MoD specifications list the following Zip sizes for the 1950s and 1960 pattern combat clothing.......this may assist if you need to seek a replacement !


Trousers - Sizes G1, G2, G3 = 8"

G4, G5, G6, 1, 2 and 3 = 9"

G7, G8, G9, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 = 10"


Zips are described as "Fastener, Slide, Green, 2-Way Puller, one end Auto-Locking, 5/8ths tape".....


Remember, some early 50s and late 60 pattern did not have the two-way zip........


Smock - Sizes G1, G2, G3 = 16"

G4, G5, G6, 1, 2 and 3 = 18"

G7, G8, G9, 4, 5 and 6 = 20"

7, 8 and 9 = 22"


Described as "Fasteners, Slide, Green, Heavy, Open-end, Auto-Locking".......


Early zips are often made by "Swift", "Flash", "Lightning", "Aero" or "DOT"........later zips can be the same but with the addition of "NZ" (Newey Zips), "Clix", etc...........the vast majority are blackened-brass on a emerald-green base tape (always cotton, never nylon) although variations can be found.......

Edited by wdbikemad
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