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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. New fighting forces such as the 10th Mountain Division and the First Special Service were created to conquer the mountains.

The need to develop heavier duty clothing that provided better protection against inclement weather gave birth to the mountain clothing. It was made of cotton and fur materials.

The parka featured here is very unique. White fur covers the exterior while a plain cotton and wool surface makes up the interior. The cuffs of the sleeves were made of green elastic. This feature kept the wind from sweeping into the interior of the coat.

The American jackets had a large variety of patches sewn to them. They indicated rank and unit affiliation. Patches were placed on the arms and chest area. The furry exterior of this jacket would not allow patches to be affixed to the jacket.

Metal collar insignia was also employed with most uniforms. However, the construction of the winter parka would not permit their use.

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 front of the parka was closed using white smooth buttons. This is one of the few places where these types of devices were employed.

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.

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Value $160.00 $160.00 $170.00 $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
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Feb 22nd, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The winter jacket featured here is 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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