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WWII US Army Paratrooper Jump Jacket - This is a US Army Paratrooper jump jacket. As used by the 101st and 82nd Ariborne units during WWII. This is the jackets that were used during the assault on Normandy (D-Day).

Of cotton construction. Fairly loosely fit. The uniform was issued with a belt of matching material with a metal buckle. The belt is often missing. This particular example still has it.

The patches on this particular example are original and were added after the war. However, the placement is identical to what would have been used for the period.

This is a highly sought after jacket. They are hard to find. Therefore, several reproductions are being manufactured today. Some of them are of very good quality. For example, some were created for use in the movies Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.

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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The upper section of the jacket contained a small pouch designed for carrying the standard issue switch blade. This compartment could be closed via zipper.

The uniform has 4 pockets with angled covers. Each can be secured shut via the use of 2 snaps. The same design was employed again during the Vietnam war.

The cuffs were secured closed with two metal snaps.

The name tags consisted of a white cotton strip with the name stamped in black ink. The letters would fade fairly quickly under normal use. The tag was attached either following the curve of the pocket or strainght on top of it (as seen on this example).

This is the emblem of the 101st Airborne. Of cut-edge construction. Many types were created. The differences between them are very minimal such as the color of the tongue, etc.

The "Airborne" tab can be found sewn together to the main patch or separated.

This is a view of the back of the snaps found in the sleeves. Notice the buildup coming from aging.

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.

Year 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Value $2,100.00 $2,100.00 $2,110.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+

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Jan 7th, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The paratrooper 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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