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1946 US Army Ike Dress 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. WWII witnessed a large introduction of new designs of combat clothing. After the war was won, many of the same uniforms continued to be produced. The Ike jacket is an example. Made of wool material. The same design used during WWII survived until the late 1950's and was used by both, the Army and Air Force.

The design of the jacket consisted of a short length cut with two front top pockets. Each pocket was covered by a flap secured by a snap. The waist was adjustable via the use of a flap with snaps on the end. The upper section of the lapel has a small strap that could button up to the opposite end, creating a tight fit for the neck area. The shoulders have eppauleps with one side being crossed stictched to the end while the other is secured by a button. Long sleeve construction with button up cuffs.

Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons were sewn to the jacket instead of being held by rings. Of plastic construction. Green color. The buttons were covered by a flap and were not visible when the jacket was worn.

The American tunics were outfitted with a variety of patches 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 discussed here has several patches which include the rank of private, The First Army patch in subdued colors and the communications sleeve rating.

In addition, metal collar insignia were employed. They normally show rank and the type of job the soldier performs (i.e. artillery, checmical, administration, aviation, etc.). The medal ribbons provided a way to indicate the type of medal earned without having to wear the medal itself. The jacket has three ribbons covered with see-through plastic.

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The jacket has three tags. One is small and located in the neck are. It displays the size of the jacket which is 36. A second tag located in the area reads: Jacket, Field, Wool OD and has instructions about how to wear the jacket. The third tag is located in the inside of one of the pockets. It has information about the date of manufacture, the name of the manufacturer and the size of the jacket. A blue ink stamp has been applied by the clothing inspector.

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 The History of the American Military Uniform identification guide.

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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Feb 27th, 2017
Most of the American uniforms of the WWII era are relatively common. The Ike jacket featured here is not 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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