WWII US Army Winter Parka -
When the United States entered World War Two much of the military was unprepared for combat.
The unforms and equipment employed was very antiquated, most of it dated back to
World War one.
New demands were placed on the armed forces when they had to fight in different environments.
The weather found in the high mountains of Europe was different than the islands in the South
Pacific. New fighting forces such as the 10th Mountain Division and the First Special
Service were created to conquer the mountains.
The need to develop heavier duty clothing that provided better protection against
inclement weather gave birth to the mountain clothing. It was made of
cotton and fur materials.
The parka featured here is very unique. White fur covers the exterior while a plain cotton
and wool surface makes up the interior. The cuffs of the sleeves were made of green elastic.
This feature kept the wind from sweeping into the interior of the coat.
The American jackets had a large variety of
sewn to them. They indicated rank and unit affiliation. Patches were placed
on the arms and chest area. The furry exterior of this jacket would not allow
patches to be affixed to the jacket.
was also employed with most uniforms. However, the construction of the winter parka
would not permit their use.
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 front of the parka was closed using white smooth
This is one of the few places where these types of devices were employed.