An original WW2 Period United States Army M43 combat jacket in a size 36.
Officially designated 'Jacket, Field, Combat M-1943', this pattern of jacket was standardised in August 1943. It saw widespread issue with many units throughout the winter of 1944-45 and stayed in issue and production until it was succeeded by the M-1951 Combat Jacket.
The jacket is made from an olive drab coloured sateen fabric which was chosen for its windproof and waterproof qualities. The interior is made from a tightly woven poplin cotton whilst the pockets are lined with a white cotton drill. A drawstring is fitted to the waist whilst the front fastens with buttons. The same style of buttons are used to fasten the cuff.
Inside the lower right hand pocket the original label is still present. It is washed out, as they so often are, but the measurements equate to a size 36R. When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Inside arm - 20 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 3/4"
Shoulders - 19"
Length - 29"
The jacket is in good condition with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining and some staining to the cuffs. The collar has been field repaired as can be seen in the pictures. Overall the jacket displays well and is very wearable.
A nice original WW2 period combat jacket which would be suit a collector or re-enactor well!
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