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
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
The mountain jacket was mainly used in the European theater. The jacket was made from windproof
It came with two large, expanding front top pockets with zippers and a loose flap.
The bottom pockets are secured via brown plastic
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
insignia was not commonly worn with this
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
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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.
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