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Dating a US M43 Field jacket

Article about: Hi guys, picked this up the other day, quite pleased with it. I'm trying to figure out when it was made, as the tag has worn away. I think it's a Specification PQD 370-B (July 9 1943) ? Here

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    Default Dating a US M43 Field jacket

    Hi guys,
    picked this up the other day, quite pleased with it. I'm trying to figure out when it was made, as the tag has worn away. I think it's a Specification PQD 370-B (July 9 1943) ? Here's some info that I found on another forum, hope it's ok to post here:

    3. Specification PQD 370-B (July 9 1943)

    -The bottom of the sleeves are more simplified.
    -The patch for closing the collar is replaced by a trapezoid patch sewn behind the left side of the collar and held in place by buttons.
    -The second button for the collar is no longer there.
    -The size is now printed below the collar.
    -Makers tag is in the right lower pocket.

    4. Specification PQD 397 (September 15 1943)

    -Looks like the M-1943-A
    Its made of poplin, and lined by flannel to use up the existing stocks for the Field Jacket lining (M-1941) Its made in small amounts until spring 1944.

    5. Specification PQD 370-C ((October 11 1943)

    -Thicker buttons.
    -Suppression of the 2nd button of the patch for the upstanding collar when its not being used.
    -The loop for suspending the jacket is now actually sewn in a loop. This was not so before.
    -18 sizes available, three lengths, Short, Regular and Long.

    Thanks for the help!
    Eddie

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    Default re: Dating a US M43 Field jacket

    Here's a link to where I found the above info:
    M43, MQ1, M50 & M51 Field Jackets & Trousers - U.S. Militaria Forum

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