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Article about: Hello guys I need your help for this jacket Real or not ? Thanks in advance.

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    Default 82nd Airborne M42

    Hello guys I need your help for this jacket Real or not ? Thanks in advance.

    82nd Airborne M42
    82nd Airborne M42
    82nd Airborne M42

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    Reenactor fodder in my opinion, simply doesn't look old enough to be old and original.

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    Thanks for your answer

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    Hi there

    You posted this on USMF and had well repected individuals with 40 plus years of collecting WWII US Airborne Uniforms, insignia, research and documenting said items.

    I doubt if anyone here or any other forum could be more specific in helping you, they are also on other forums.

    And as stated in USMF , the jacket is wartime original , the insignia has been put on after or a head scratcher.

    Take their advice.

    I can only advise on the 82nd patch.

    The 82nd is a 1950's/60's manufactured patch note the slight extra twill around the edge and is more polyester based thread used. Rayon thread was only used during WWII-mid 50's by the US for SSI.

    So it was added on post WWII also note the poor stitching and the same colour thread used on the Flag , thats should send alarm bells. That would not stand up to combat conditions.

    You asked about cut edge (USMF) below is a breakdown.

    Cut edge patches were used from c1941-1966

    Merrow edged (over stitched border) c 1966 onwards, to stop patches from fraying.

    One example cut edge WWII 82nd Rayon thread

    82nd Airborne M42 82nd Airborne M42

    1950's-early 60's cut edge 82nd attached tab Polyester/Nylon thread used, not as much extra twill as yours but cut edge post War.

    82nd Airborne M42 82nd Airborne M42

    101st 1950's cut edge as a better example.

    82nd Airborne M42 82nd Airborne M42

    Merrowed Edge 82nd 1966 onwards

    82nd Airborne M42 82nd Airborne M42


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    Hi Phill and thank you for your expertise. Yes I post it on USMF and want the more comment to know if I buy it or not. You do a Well job guys because without you I already buy it and would be sad. I learn more with you for the SSI and thanks for that to upgrade my knowledge. Thanks again Phill

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