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WWII M1939 US 70th Division Army Jacket - 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. The US Army dress uniform was an exception. It had seen some improvement when compared to its much cruder descendant. Both types of uniforms were made of wool. However, the one used in WWII was more refined.

The uniform covered on this page is an example of an M1939 jacket worn by American GI's during WWII. The coat was constructed from wool with brass buttons and four pockets. This style was discontinued towards the end of 1942.

The American tunics held a variety of patches and insignia in the left and right arms. Also in the breast area.

The triangular patch located above the top right pocket is the Ruptured Duck, also known as the "lame duck". It was given to individuals who completed their military service honorably. The rule was that it had to be sewn to the uniform shortly after leaving the service. This action renders the uniform inactive.

The stripes shown on the photograph on the right were issued for overseas service. Each mark represents six months abroad. The patch on the left is for the 70th Infantry.

American uniforms were clearly marked with tags which contained various information regarding the manufacturing of the piece. These tags were found inside the front lower pocket, inside the interior pocket or inside the sleeve. In many cases the tag has been removed or it is no longer legible due to normal wear.

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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Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons were sewn. Of metal construction. Golden color. Bearing the US Army eagle in the face of the button.

This item is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing items like this one. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the WWII US uniforms.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII American Military uniforms, you can do so by going to our The History of the American Military Uniform identification guide.


The value for WWII US uniforms and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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Jan 7th, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The uniform featured here is not very hard to find. In general the appreciation has been moderate. Recently the value has began to come up some. It is expected that this trend will continue, specially as the pieces become harder to find.

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