I have a question about the BW moleskine jacket : what's the function of the "straps" and the buttons underneath the pockets ?
2. Buttons on Canadian trouser belt loops. I have never heard an explanation for these buttons, even from career soldiers, yet they existed for about 20 years at least.
Bolty717 wrote:We had button trouser loops on our NZ DPMs in the 80s and early 90s. Only use I ever saw for them was allowing Officers to wear a Sam Brown during drill rehearsal in DPMs. Easy to put on and off with the buttons. Other than that the button in you lower back was put there to cause extreme pain when doing curl ups during boot PT!
Wolverine wrote:The buttons on the CF trouser loops seem to be carry overs for trouser suspenders. If you have a pair of the first version of the Canadian combat trousers (about 1963), notice that the buttons (regular four-hole buttons) are not on the belt loops themselves, but sewn directly to the outside waistband at locations that are convenient for suspenders, which were issued for a long time in the CF (mostly for cold weather stuff I think). When the heavy green woolen shirt was worn (identical to the GI type), it might be tucked into the trousers with suspenders over top. Eventually the Canadian-style buttons (smaller version) were moved directly onto the belt loops. Later, when the belt loops were made wider, the Canadian-style buttons were superimposed over top, on a narrower loop. It was probably more common, however, to use the suspenders with the wind pants, which had no provision for wearing a belt.
Wolverine wrote:It is pretty nearly a certainty - more than a theory.
Wolverine wrote:I realize now that I need to sort through all of my trousers to take careful note of the many small changes in design that occurred from the early 1960s until the late 1990s.