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WWII US Army HBT Model 3 Suit -
The HBT model III worksuit was one of the most versatile cloth items of WWII. This coverall suit was widely used in a variety of roles throught the American armed forces. It was employed by mechanics, linemen, tank crewman and infantry personnel alike.

The construction of the outfit consists of a single-piece herring bone twill material. The model three used black or green metal 13-star pattern buttons . The stars in the design represented the initial 13 colonies of the United States. The suit came in three different models. Our collection also includes an example of the Model I . The differences between the models consisted primarily of the number and placement of the pockets and the use of the belt.

Some of the unique characteristics of the model III HBT suit include the use of a single top front pocket placed on the left side. It comes with a flap and a button. The back also had a single pocket with a flap. The front lower section came with two pockets, each covered with a buttonless flap.

The breast area and sleeves could have been complimented with patches which indicate rank and unit affiliation. This example does not have any patches.

The use of metal insignia on this uniform was not a common practice.

A built-in belt is included with the coveralls. It is sewn to the back and sides of the uniform. The front ends remain loose. A square, green color metal buckle is sewn to one of the ends.

As with many other US military uniforms of the period, a tag containing miscellaneous information about the uniform is attached to the inside of the suit.

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 is a closeup view of one of the metal buttons. Thirteen stars are displayed on the face. This is typical WWII construction. The button would be riveted to the uniform. The same style button was employed during the korean and Vietnam wars.


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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