WWII US Army Winter Pyle Jacket -
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. The need to develop heavier duty clothing that provided better protection against
inclement weather gave birth to the mountain clothing.
The jacket featured here was intended for wear under extreme cold weather. It was made of a
outer shell with pyle material as a liner. pyle was the replacement for fur.
The American jackets were outfitted with a variety of
and metal collar insignia.
pateches were located in the left and right arms. Also in the chest area. The jacket
featured on this page does not have any patches. The collar of the pyle jacket was
made of green elastic material which did not lend itself for the use of insignia.
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The jacket has one tag sewn near the collar area. The tag reads:
Jacket Field Pile OD
wear jacket field M-1943 or parka field cotton
olive drab parka chest white over this jacket
always separate from other garments for drying.
This item not intended to be worn as outer garment.
The jacket had green elastic cuffs. This feature kept the cold wind from rushing to the interior
of the main body. Two lower pockets were provided. they were placed at an angle and did not have
a protective flap. This design was not compatible with the active lifestyle of a soldier because
items placed in there would often fall out.
The pyle jacket had a series of large, brown
in the front. This is how the jacket was closed.