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Favorite Uniforms

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Vintage lover, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain One Too Many

    I was stationed in Germany when I was in the army and that can be a cold, damp place. We still had wool shirts for field use and the heavier cargo pants, too, instead of fatigues for the winter. The rest of the time it was fatigues. One pair of field pants were the old style without cargo pockets.

    In WWII there were several less common coats and jackets on issue, most intended for very cold climates. There was a so-called artic version of the field jacket, which was just a slightly longer and slightly heavier jacket. The Navy deck jacket is almost the same except for the color and the additional pocket. I doubt it's still in use. Of the less common coats and jackets, the mackinaw was probably the most widely issued and they appear in a lot of photos. There were also one or two different knee-length coats for cold weather, very much like a civilian coat. The most unusual issue clothing item might have been flannel-lined cotton khaki pants, a style still available.

    One interesting point, which I probably already mentioned, was how few uniforms recruits were actually issued when they entered the service.
  2. EngProf

    EngProf One of the Regulars

    In addition to reenacting I have been "collecting" WWII uniforms and field gear for a long time and wear it sometimes in reenacting and sometimes just for day-to-day. That Arctic version of the M41 that you mentioned is noticeably better than the plain M41 and I always felt it was what should have been designed in the first place. It's not as good as the M43 but at least there is some hope that it would keep you warm in a cold climate.

    I always like wearing the Type II mackinaw in cold weather. A good compromise between weight and warmth - and they look good, too.
    I also wear a repro tanker jacket on moderately cool/cold days when biking to work. That was a very successful design.
  3. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    The favorite uniform is worn on ETS day: estimated time of separation from service; otherwise known as 'echo-tango-suitcase'.
    I wore Class-A greens and spit shined jump boots.
    And the urine tossing hippies at the airport left me all alone.:D

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