A rare pair of special operations executive parachutist knee pads.
Used for leg/knee protection when parachuting, during covert operations, and landing on uneven or rocky terrain.
These knee pads are clearly shown in the SOE equipment catalogue (a copy of the page is shown here in the images).
The pads have a maker/size label (which would be removed before wearing) which is dated 1943.
After landing each pad has a leather boot lace which the agent would pull to quickly release the pads from their leg.
These knee pads would have also been worn by British airborne paratrooper's.
In a un-issued condition, with some storage marks.