Made of classic HBT material, the P44 fatigue set was developed and introduced toward the tail end of the war as a result of the experience gained during the Marines' hard slog across the pacific. As they were Introduced so late, research seems to suggest they saw limited use in 1945 in Okinawa, but would be used extensively in Korea and by the French in Indochina.
This is a classic used but solid set, both named to a George Shaner. The group includes a letter sent to him with stamps issued in 1952. Look closely and you'll notice the letter is addressed to Pvt Shaner, in a training battalion. The presence of his Sergeant stripes on the shirt suggest the set would have been used a little later, likely toward the end of the Korean conflict.
The set is in used, but very solid shape. The hbt has faded, but is largely in good condition and not worn through. Across both pieces some of the buttons have been reinforced with solder - anyone who has been a lot of USMC donut buttons will tell you how often these are missing, so interesting to see this field made solution to that problem. There are some small stains here & there and areas of wear, particularly around the pockets as show in the photos and The shirt is missing it's pocket flap.
- No tag/stamp, but fits a modern medium/large
- Pit to pit 23"
- Shoulder to shoulder 18"
- Shoulder to cuff 23"
- Collar to hem 27.5"
- No tag/stamp, but I'm 32/34" waist and 6ft, and these fit perfectly.
- Waist 17"
- Inside leg 28.5"
- Overall length (outside leg) 40"