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WWII US Army Winter Parka - 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 high mountains of Europe was different than the islands in the South Pacific. These demands gave birth to the mountain fighting units like the 10th Mountain Division and the First Special Service Force.

These forced needed to develop heavier duty clothing that provided better protection against inclement weather. The parka featured on this page is one of those items.

The cold weather parka was a larger size jacket which had a built-in hood with a fur lining. The jacket was primarily made of cotton material. It had two large front bottom pockets with flap closures. large, brown plastic buttons closed the flaps and also ran the entire length of the front of the parka. A canvis khaki color belt was included. It had a square metal buckle.

The American jackets were outfitted with a variety of patches to denote rank and unit affiliation. The parka featured in this page does not have any patches.

Additional enhancements included the use of metal collar insignia. This type of jackets were not commonly adorned with insignia.

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 parka comes with two tags. One is the size, which reads SMALL. The other tag contains the following information:

Overcoat, Parka type
with pyle liner
Stock No 55-O-3139-35
A Pritzker & Sons Inc
P.O. No 14870
Dated Feb 20, 1945
Spec P.Q.D. No 392
Phil QM Depot

The inside of the jacket has a couple of tags. One in the top in the area by the neck, which provides size information. The other one inside one of the pockets, which provides miscellaneous data about the manufacturer and materials.

If you have an interest is seeing other US military uniforms of WWII, you can do so by going to our The History of the American Military Uniform identification and price guide.


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 $300.00 $300.00 $310.00 $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

While the item featured here is not for sale, similar items like it are available for purchase in our website MilitaryItems.com

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