The US Army were somewhat unprepared for entry into the war, including their uniforms. The early standard issue infantry jacket, M1941 field jacket (more about them coming soon) wasn't well suited for combat, the 8oz cotton twill wearing out too quickly, the design both too short and open at the collar was cold and not well liked. The army's Quartermaster Corps convened a panel of designers and clothing experts to create a new uniform, who, persevering through some notable bumps along the way, delivered a garment that would be the archetype for infantry clothing for the next 50 years. Built of cotton sateen, the garment was windproof and water repellent, hardwearing and warm. The design was both basic and clever, using buttons for simplicity over a zip, webbing reinforced lower pockets, and a roomy fit to allow for layering underneath. This was a winning piece, and the US Army would iterate on it until well into the 80s.
Deadstock and only a few incredibly light marks around the collar from storage. Includes cutter tags on the chest.
- Tagged a 34 but fits a modern medium/large
- Pit to pit 22"
- Shoulder to shoulder 19.5"
- Shoulder to cuff 24"
- Collar to hem 29.5"