THE AMERICAN UNIFORMS OF WWII -
World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict, the joining of what had initially been two separate conflicts.
The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland.
This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis Powers.
Spanning much of the globe, World War II resulted in the death of over 60 million people, making it the deadliest conflict in human
World War II involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel, making it the most widespread war in history. The war
placed the participants in a state of "total war", erasing the distinction between civil and military resources. This resulted in the
complete activation of a nation's economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities for the purposes of the war effort; a majority of
those killed in the war were civilians. From 9 to 11 million of these civilian casualties. The financial cost of the war is estimated
at about a trillion 1944 U.S. dollars worldwide, making it the most costly war in capital as well as lives.
The American fighting uniform saw its greatest evolution during WWII. New materials, design and construction were introduced
during this period. The photo above shows one of the innovations, the development of camouflage. A group of marines are taking
a break in a South Pacific island.
The military unifiorms used by the United States during WWII were divided in three primary categories: Class A, Class B and Class
C. The differences between officer and enlisted man uniform were relatively minimal. There were variations to these
uniform classes that were used in the South Pacific.
CLASS A UNIFORMS
| Enlisted Man Four Pocket Tunic
|| Enlisted Man Ike Jacket
|| Officer Four Pocket Tunic
CLASS B UNIFORMS
| Enlisted Man
CLASS C UNIFORMS
The Class C or Khaki uniform was for wear in tropical climates and field duty in hot weather. It used light-weight cloth
versions of the trousers and shirt (nicknamed "Chinos") and was worn with a light Olive Drab (OD3) tie. It was worn in North
Africa and Italy in the European Theater of Operations and was the Army's standard issue Service Uniform in the Pacific Theater.
| Enlisted Man
The following is a series of photos showing some of the different types uniforms employed by the American armed
forces during WWII.
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