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WWII US marine Corps Camo Tunic - 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 jungles of the South Pacific was different than the fields of Europe. The need to develop lighter clothing that was more comfortable to wear while blending better with the surroundings gave birth to the camouflage clothing. Initially employed by the US Marine Corps. It was made of cotton material with a multi-color pattern of greens and browns that helped break up the figure of the soldier against the jungle background.

The American tunics were outfitted with a variety of patches to designate the rank and unit affiliation. They were attached to the arms and breast area. The author has not seen any examples of camo tunics with any type of patches. it is unclear if any were worn with this uniform.

another item that was added to many shirts were metal insignia. normally applied to the collar. however, it was not a common practice to use collar insignia on the camo tunics.

A matching set of pants was issued with this tunic.

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The design of the tunic had two lower pockets without flaps. The pockets have been removed from the sample shown here. Black Metal buttons were riveted to the shirt. The face of the button had the words "US Marines" written around the perimeter. a sideways pocket is placed in the breast area. knonw as the "grenade" pocket because they were commonly used for carrying the explosives. A black metal snap secured the pocket closed.

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Feb 22nd, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The camo jacket featured here is 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.

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