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M4 field jacket

Article about: Hello, I am about to get this field jacket, which looks good to me, but since these are quite scarce, I'd be glad to have other opinions and comments. Many thanks,

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    Real Steel, thanks for the insights.
    Only seen on a late war M43 SS.
    Are you saying it is a late war production ?
    I was thinking, it was made early 43, because of the "silk like" lining. Some other tunics I saw were made with a grey "fish bone" lining - italian cloth I think - which I believe to be late war.

    I may be wrong in all points though ...

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    I consider an M43 cut tunic "late war" due to it being the last model tunic (other than the unpopular & not often seen 44) produced. Not sure about rayon type lining indicating time period made. That I don't know.
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    In general, herringbone cotton is a feature of early tunics, while the rayon type began to replace it by late 1942.

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    Got your points. I was thinking of the HBT cloth pictured below when saying "fish bone" cloth.

    The other lining cloth which was used for M43 tunics (that I called "fish bone") is this one:
    M4 field jacket

    I think it appeared after (44?) the rayon lining.

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