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11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
11th Airborne 'Occupation' Jump Jacket
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What an absolute killer piece, and such a pleasure to bring it back to life. This was handmade in Sendai, Japan around 1947/48 for a member of the 11th Airborne who were stationed there as part of the occupation force. They're almost identical to the classic jump jacket minus a few small details such a the knife pocket by the neck. These were incredibly popular with the 11th, though purchased I believe as souvenir items, I've heard they could be worn on based apart from formation or a uniform inspection. They come in a variety of styles, but the cream of the crop is the camo lined iteration, made with parachute silk. A very cool and very hard to find item.

Condition

Used but solid condition. When I got this the lining stitching needed repair, which has all been done, and I've replaced the missing zipper with a period correct, and matching colour Talon. There are some marks on the outside, and one ting hole through the back which extends through the lining.

Size

  • No size tag, but fits a small/medium
  • Pit to pit 22"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 18"
  • Shoulder to cuff 24"
  • Collar to hem 30"