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WWII US Army HBT Model 1 Suit - The fast pace of change that swept the weapons race during WWII drove the development of brand new uniforms. Better materials and designs were employed. One of those uniforms was the general purpose coveralls.

The item featured here is a WWII US Army model I HBT suit. Adopted for use in 1938, the HBT model I work suit was employed in many different proffesions in the armed forces, from mechanics to lineman to soldiers storming the beaches in Europe. This type of uniforms were also favored by the tank crews.

The design of the uniform consists of a single piece constructed from herring bone twill, commonly known as HBT. Most of its buttons are black or green metal with a a 13-star pattern on its surface. The stars represented the first 13 colonies of the United States.

There were three models developed. The difference between the models were minor, primarily consisting of pocket design and placement. Also the use of the belt. Our collection includes an example of the third model.

The breast area and sleeves could have been complimented with patches indicating the rank of the individual and the unit affiliation. none are present in this case. The use of insignia on this uniform was not a common practice.

The HBT model I had a few distinctive trademarks. Notice that the top right hand pocket has a buttonless flap covering it while the left side pocket is flapless. The lower front has two large pockets where the right side has a smaller pocket inside of the large one. The back has two pockets that are open and do not have a flap cover The suit has a built-in belt with a square metal buckle painted green. The belt is sewn to the back and the side of the uniform, the front ends remain loose. A single zipper closes the front of the uniform.

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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This WWII US uniform may be currently 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 of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII US uniforms, you can do so by going to our American Military Uniforms Price Guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other organizations.


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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Feb 27th, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The HBT coveralls featured here are not 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.

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