M1943 Field Jacket: The M1943 Field Uniform was the result of several years of experimentation and development by the US Army Quartermaster. It was to replace the completely inadequate M1941 Field Jacket. The uniform consisted of a 4 pocket jacket and matching trousers made from windproof sateen cotton. The uniform was designed as a layered system, meant to be worn over the wool shirt and trouser and in conjunction with a wool sweater and liners in colder weather. The uniform was first issued to elements of the 3rd Infantry Division fighting at Anzio in Italy in February/ March 1944 for field testing.
Due to disagreements between the Quartermaster and Generals Bradley and Eisenhower, these uniforms didn't appear in France until September of 1944 with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who had been re-equipped with them in England. However, supply shortages meant that the troops in the infantry and armored divisions were never fully converted to the new uniform.
ATF's M1943's: Our M1943 Field Uniforms are unique to us. No other vendor sells these same M1943 Jackets. We used mint, unissued 1943 dated uniforms as samples, spent over a year developing these with our overseas contractor and the results are top notch. The quality of these is equal to or better than any uniform we have manufactured at a price half what one we made would cost. In other words, these are not made in the USA, but if we lied and claimed otherwise, the quality is so good no one would question it.
These M43's feature a cotton sateen shell with early production olive drab #3 (khaki) poplin lining. This generation is a copy of the Feb '44 contract field jackets. These differ from the earliest jackets only in having the instruction label in the neck and the shell is slightly darker in color. Our jackets are about 20% heavier than most other reproductions because we use sateen (like originals) rather than cotton twill. Buttons are dark o.d.. The latest generation (late 2011) finally has the shiny "sheen" like mint condition originals do. It will dull with use and washing.
Note: There is no "paratrooper" version- the airborne wore the same M1943 Field Jacket as the rest of the Army.
About Original M1943 Field Uniforms
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