In 1942, as the US prepared for a war across all continents and climates, it looked at how it was equipping its specialised troops, particularly the 10th Mountain Division. This design was actually the basis for the subsequent M43 Field Jacket that would be widely issued, and feels like it's much bigger brother.
And what a piece this is... Stamped and dated 5th November 1942. So many amazing details, particularly the internal backpack and suspenders. It features a wrap-around hood that folds back and sits in a pocket at the collar. Chunky Talon zips throughout. A true pioneer in outdoor clothing, with many of the details from this going on to become commonplace in military, mountaineering and hunting wear.
This beauty is in amazing condition. It retains all the original features, zips, buttons etc. The internal belt retains the QM stamp, and it has the size stamp beneath the collar. The original Rogol MFG label is present but faded (this was actually much stronger when I got it, but washed out a little - I'm not sure whether it had ever been washed!). There is one tiny nick on the cotton shell by the pocket.
- Stamped 38L
- This would suit a modern size med/large
- Pit to pit 55cm
- Shoulder to shoulder 52cm
- Shoulder to cuff 66cm
- Collar to hem 81cm