WWII US Marinc Corps 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.
The US Marine Corps dress uniform was an exception. It had seen some improvement when compared
to its much cruder descendant. Both types of uniforms were made of
wool. However, the one
used in WWII was more refined, using a softer type wool. The colors remained virtually unchanged.
The uniform covered on this page is an example of a USMC dress jacket worn by American GI's
during WWII. The coat was constructed from wool with brass buttons and did not have
any pockets. Each sleeve is adorned with a section of scalloped cloth with red piping
and three buttons.
The American tunics held a variety of patches
in the left and right arms. Also in the breast area.
The triangular patch located on one of the sleeves is an amphibious warfare patch. It was given
to individuals who had trained in amphibious assaults and belong to the unit.
American uniforms were clearly marked with tags
which contained various information
regarding the manufacturing of the piece. These tags were found inside the front lower pocket,
inside the interior pocket or inside the sleeve. In many cases the tag has been removed
or it is no longer legible due to normal wear.
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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Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons
were sewn. Of metal construction. Golden color. Bearing the US Navy eagle in the face of the