WWII US Australian Made Ike 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 Military dress uniform was no exception.
The uniform shown here is an example of the type used during WWII.
This is an interesting example of a WWII Ike jacket because it was made in Australia. Logistics in WWII were not
optimized. Therefore, supplies were not always delivered to the theater of action in a timely manner. Troops had
to be resourceful to deal with such situations.
One way they did it is by hiring locals to produce the items. In this case an Ike jacket. This practice is
commonly known as theater made.
The construction is almost identical. Some of the hardware is slightly different (See the waist adjustment). The material
is close bu the shade of color is off. A single tag is sewn to one end. It reads:
The patch sewn to one shoulder is for the 41st Infantry Division.
The 41st Infantry Division of the United States Army National Guard was composed primarily of units from the Pacific Northwest and saw
active service in World War I and World War II. It was one of the first Army units to engage in offensive ground combat operations
during World War II, in the last months of 1942. In 1965 it was reorganized as the 41st Infantry Brigade. The brigade has seen combat
in the Iraq War in 2003 and 2008, and again in Afghanistan in 2014.
In February 1942, the 41st Infantry Division was alerted for overseas movement. It handed over its coastal defence responsibilities to
the 3rd Infantry Division and concentrated at Fort Lewis. First to depart was the 162nd Infantry, 641st Tank Destroyer Battalion, and
41st Reconnaissance Troop, which entrained later that month for Fort Dix. This group departed the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 3 March 1942
and sailed for the Pacific via the Panama Canal, reaching Melbourne on 9 April. They were among the first U.S. military units to be
engaged in offensive ground combat operations.
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clearly defined points that should be noted.
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Collecting WWII American Uniforms
Collecting American military and civilian uniforms is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's were
sent to fight during WWII. The development of new materials and uniform designs exploded during the war years as
the armed forces figured out the best way to fight in various types of climates and environments. This fact makes
the collecting of US uniforms very appealing.
In trying to determine if you should collect WWII American uniforms there are certain factors that should be
A collector may decide what to collect based on the likes of the person. Some individuals collect all Army Air Corps
related items, others may want USMC combat uniforms, etc.
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
of the American Military Uniform identification guide.