WWII USMC Camouflaged Combat Pants -
At the start of WWII, the United States was thrusted into a position of fighting at two different
fronts. Not only were the enemies different but also the climate and terrain in which the
The Marine Corps spent most of its time fighting in the South Pacific, where the weather was
hot and tropical. The vegetation was very dense. The need arose to develop a new type of
uniform to meet the challenge.
The United States armed forces employed camouflaged clothing for the first time during WWII.
The material used was lighter and allowed for better breathing. The camo pattern permitted
the soldier not to be detected as easily.
The US Marine Corps had the largest amount of items produced in this type of
material. The combat fatigues came in three types of models.
The pants displayed here are manufactured from
Herring Bone Twill
material, also known as HBT. They came equipped with two front and two rear pockets.
The pants were closed via the use of small, plastic brown
Notice the soldier's name stamped
on the rear of the pants. Unlike other uniforms, these pants did
not have a zipper but rather a series of brown, plastic buttons.
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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