WWII 1943 US Army Tunic -
In 1943 the Army implemented some changes to their traditional M1939 uniform. The
of the outfit was wool. It was complimented with brass
that were adorned with the image of the Army eagle in the front.
The design of the US WWII uniform consisted of four pockets, each having a flap secured shut
by a brass button. The shoulder area has epaulets. Sewn on one side and secured with a small button
on the other side.
are sewn to the jacket. During WWI the buttons were secured to the uniforms via the use of a
ring. All the buttons for the WWII jacket are matching, however, the front buttons are of a
larger size than the others.
The uniforms were outfitted with a series of patches
and medals and insignia.
The jacket has the "technician/5th grade" patch
on the top section of the sleeve. Also notice how the shoulder strap is sewn to the uniform.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US military uniforms.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII US uniform worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the uniforms is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the American military uniforms in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The left bottom photograph shows the stripe pattern employed to indicate continuous overseas service. Each
stripe signifies six months of service. below it is an enlistment stripe. One stripe
indicates one year of service. The patch on the right is an indication of meritorious service.
The Army jackets were outfitted with a tag
which contained various data regarding the manufacturer, date of production,
jacket pattern, etc. Tags could be located in various sections of the uniform. Among them are:
The inside of the bottom front pocket
The inside upper section of a sleeve and
The inner side of the jacket.
This item is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing items like this one. Attention to the details is critical
in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the WWII US uniforms.
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII American Military uniforms, you can
do so by going to our
of the American Military Uniform identification guide.