An original WW2 Period United States Army M43 combat jacket in a very rare large size 50L.
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 green herringbone twill. A drawstring is fitted to the waist whilst the front fastens with buttons. The same style of buttons are used to fasten the cuff and there is a small throat latch fitted to the underside of the collar.
Inside the lower right hand pocket the original label is still present. It is washed out, as they so often are although the size of 50L is still just legible. There is also evidence of where another label was fitted to the interior below the neck.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 27 1/2"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 25"
Shoulders - 21 1/2"
Length - 34 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition with some signs of wear and use. There are two stains to the front of the jacket and one of the front buttons is partly broken as illustrated in the pictures. Overall it displays well and is still very wearable but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item with some small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original WW2 period combat jacket which would be suit a collector or re-enactor well!
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