Certainly original. Harry may have a point.
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My first impression is that of Harry's also. Likely it was altered for post-war use by a much shorter person-perhaps even a female. Winter coats were in preciously scarce supply in 1945-46.
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Now that you mention it, it does look like the bottom has been shortened a bit. Drat, I really liked this one. Thanks again everyone.
Nice original coat KM could have been done by original owner or post war as stated a lot of items were used post war as Wagriff states and even by BM later on. timothy
Thanks Timothy. Unfortunately the auction has ended and decided to pass as the price got to high for my neater militaria budget. Just wondering butnwhat do these usually go for?