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US M43 Field Jacket

Article about: Hello all, I was going through the Collector's Guild website and came across this M43 Field Jacket. I'm not too well experienced with US uniforms, but it looks fine to my untrained eye haha.

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    Hello all, I was going through the Collector's Guild website and came across this M43 Field Jacket. I'm not too well experienced with US uniforms, but it looks fine to my untrained eye haha. I just wanted to get some opinions on it since just about everything is reproduced these days, thanks!

    US M43 Field Jacket

    Here's the link to the listing as the picture comes up pretty small: The Collector's Guild

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    Can't help on originality, but for $72 I would buy it and wear it LoL! I have the grandson version of this (80's) and can't wear it out.......
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    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Not a bad idea haha I honestly don't know much about these but like the look of it! These would've been the standard combat/fatigue jacket correct?

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    Quote by chbingle View Post
    .... These would've been the standard combat/fatigue jacket correct?
    Yes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Army_M1943_Uniform


    But "best offer" or $72. Repro go for over $100........

    M43 Field Jacket from Hessen Antique

    https://www.atthefrontshop.com/M43_F..._p/usujm43.htm
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    no hip pocket tags? I can help but I can't tell by the pics

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    no hip pocket tags? I can help but I can't tell by the pics
    I'll ask for better pictures, those are the only one's listed on their site.

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    Just some info I found but can't remember from where?


    The M-43 Field Jacket variations

    (PQD = Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot)

    1. Specification PDQ 1 370 (May 29 1943)

    -The collar can be buttoned in an upwards position by a piece of cloth under the collar, it can be buttoned in two positions, depending on what type of clothing is worn underneath.
    -13 sizes are available, three lengths are available, Short, Regular and Long.
    -Makers tag is in the right breast pocket, printed on cheese cloth.
    -Size tag is sewn in the collar.
    -There is a loop sewn in the collar to suspend the jacket when not worn.
    -The bottom of the sleeves are closed like the wool shirt.

    2. Specification PDQ 370-A (June 30 1943)

    -The piece of cloth under the collar is placed lower.
    -The bottom of the sleeves is hemmed by just one row of stitching.
    -13 sizes available, 2 lengths , Regular and Long.
    -Two lengths of cloth are sewn in at both extremities of the lower pockets to support the weight sometimes carried in them. One of these pieces of cloth goes all the way up to the collar.


    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.

    6. Specification PQD 370-D (February 23 1944)

    -‘How to use’ tag added below the collar, rectangular, in cheese cloth or on fabric.

    7. Specification PQD 370-E (February 13 1945)

    -18 sizes, three lengths, Short, Regular and Long.
    -The size tag is sewn in with the collar and the size is marked in red, blue or black.
    -‘How to use’ tag now has a small drawing added. Some makers print this tag on the lining by a transfer that is ironed on.
    -The breast pockets are made larger, supposedly to be able to carry K rations.

    8. After 1945

    -Internal buttons added for fitting a liner.
    -The color changes to a brighter color.

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    Thank you for all the information! I’ll definitely save that, it helps a lot

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    This is the earliest I have come across in my bunch. Any earlier and it will very rare
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture US M43 Field Jacket   US M43 Field Jacket  

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    Last edited by reneblacky; 01-20-2018 at 07:55 AM. Reason: added pic

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Can't help on originality, but for $72 I would buy it and wear it LoL! I have the grandson version of this (80's) and can't wear it out.......
    OD M65's are up in price these days too!!!

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