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WWII US Army Mountain Troops Jacket - Worls War Two saw the development of multiple specialized units. They were designed to carry the fight into unhospitable areas. The high mountains of the European continent is one of those places. The mountain troops formed an elite force during WWII. They were composed of members of the 10th Mountain Division and the First Special Service Force. They fought under very adverse conditions. As such, specialized equipment had to be developed to better address their needs.

The "Mountain Jacket" was developed in 1942. This was later to become the M-1943 field jacket.

The mountain jacket was mainly used in the European theater. The jacket was made from windproof cotton. It came with two large, expanding front top pockets with zippers and a loose flap. The bottom pockets are secured via brown plastic buttons.

The sleeves have two adjustments which are performed by attaching a strap to one of two buttons. The adjustments were effective at keeping cold wind from coming in from the sleeves.

The breast area and sleeves could have been complimented with patches. However, insignia was not commonly worn with this jacket.

The mountain jacket had a very interesting feature which was the incorporation of a built-in backpack. Located in the back section of the jacket, the backpack was very useful in carrying supplies into combat when a normal backpack was not being employed.

The inside of the jacket has a harness system whose main purpose was to support the weight created when items are being carried in the internal backpack. The straps could be adjusted to better distribute the load. All straps were made of canvis and were sewn with heavy duty cotton thread.

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The picture on the left (below) shows the side of the backpack. The zipper ensured that items would not fall off after they have been placed inside. The picure on the right provides a closer look at the zipper head.

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.

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Feb 22nd, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The mountain 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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