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Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt
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Deadstock US Army Pre-War HBT Fatigue Shirt

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As the US Army mechanised, it looked for garments that would be harder wearing and cheaper to launder. In a 1937 test of denim versus HBT, the hard wearing green twill fabric had triumphed, and the first production garment was a one-piece suit around 1938. However as 1940 loomed and the prospect of war grew, the army knew it would need a cheaply produced uniform, and the complicated one piece was replaced by a two piece suit. 

This is an excellent example of the jacket from that two piece suit. Service life for this set however, was not to last long. The jacket, with its shirt style cuffs, pleated pockets and waist ties was encumbered with details unsuitable for rapid mass production. Quickly replaced, and remaining stocks used up as the classic P42 shirt was introduced.

It's therefor extremely rare to find an unused and completely outstanding example of this early style pre-war jacket. Dated just months after Pearl Harbour this would have been outdated very quickly. Funnily enough, this was also made by Blue Bell, the company that would go on to become Wrangler!

Condition

Deadstock, unworn and unwashed. There are a couple of marks on the fabric and some slight wearing to the buttons, but the label is absolutely pristine. There even appears to be a very pencil tailors marks.

Size Shirt:

  • Tagged a size 40
  • Pit to pit 22"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 19"
  • Shoulder to cuff 25"
  • Collar to hem 28.5"