WWII US Army Winter 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
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 pyle material.
The design of the jacket consisted of two lower pockets, placed at an angle, with
flaps secured via the use of a snap. A built in hood is provided and it is lined
with heavy duty pyle. The hood has a bronze zipper that, when opened, splits the
hood in half. A waist draw string helps give the jacket some form.
The jacket is closed via the use of plastic
The front of the closure is covered by a flap. The jacket comes with long sleeves.
A cuff band can be employed to adjust the tightness of the fit at the wrist level.
Two sets of buttons are sewn to provide two settings for the tightness.
The American tunics were outfitted with a variety of
to denote rank and affiliation to a particular unit or group.
The patches were sewn to the left and right arms and sometimes in
the breast area. The jacket featured here would not normally have any
In addition, metal collar
were employed. They normally show rank and the type of job the soldier performs
(i.e. artillery, checmical, administration, aviation, etc.). Metal insignia was not
normally employed with this jacket.
This item is currently being 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 items like this one. Attention to the details is critical
in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the WWII US uniforms.
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII American Military uniforms, you can
do so by going to our
of the American Military Uniform identification guide.
The inside of the jacket has a quilted liner. The neck area comes with a white tag with
black letters. The tag has the lot number and the size. Just above that is a cloth
loop that allows the jacket to be hung when not in use.