WWII US Army Winter Parka -
When the United States entered World War Two much of the military was unprepared for combat.
The unforms and equipment employed was very antiquated, most of it dated back to
World War one.
New demands were placed on the armed forces when they had to fight in different environments.
The weather found in the high mountains of Europe was different than the islands in the South
Pacific. These demands gave birth to the mountain fighting units like the 10th Mountain Division
and the First Special Service Force.
These forced needed to develop heavier duty clothing that provided better protection against
inclement weather. The parka featured on this page is one of those items.
The cold weather parka was a larger size jacket which had a built-in hood with a
fur lining. The jacket was primarily made of
It had two large front bottom pockets with flap closures. large, brown plastic
closed the flaps and also ran the entire length of the front of the parka. A
canvis khaki color belt was included. It had a square metal buckle.
The American jackets were outfitted with a variety of
to denote rank and unit affiliation. The parka featured in this page does not
have any patches.
Additional enhancements included the use of metal collar
This type of jackets were not commonly adorned with insignia.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US military uniforms.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII US uniform worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the uniforms is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the American military uniforms in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The parka comes with two tags. One is the size, which reads SMALL. The other tag contains the following
Overcoat, Parka type
with pyle liner
Stock No 55-O-3139-35
A Pritzker & Sons Inc
P.O. No 14870
Dated Feb 20, 1945
Spec P.Q.D. No 392
Phil QM Depot
The inside of the jacket has a couple of
One in the top in the area by the neck, which provides size information. The
other one inside one of the pockets, which provides miscellaneous data about
the manufacturer and materials.