WWII US Army HBT Model 1 Suit -
The fast pace of change that swept the weapons race during WWII drove the development of brand new
uniforms. Better materials and designs were employed. One of those uniforms was the general purpose coveralls.
The item featured here is a WWII US Army model I HBT suit.
Adopted for use in 1938, the HBT model I work suit was employed in many different
proffesions in the armed forces, from mechanics to lineman to soldiers storming the
beaches in Europe. This type of uniforms were also favored by the tank crews.
The design of the uniform consists of a single piece constructed from
herring bone twill,
commonly known as HBT. Most of its
are black or green metal with a a 13-star pattern on its surface. The stars represented the first 13
colonies of the United States.
There were three models developed. The difference between the models were minor, primarily consisting of
pocket design and placement. Also the use of the belt. Our collection includes an example of the
The breast area and sleeves could have been complimented with
patches indicating the rank of the
individual and the unit affiliation. none are present in this case. The use of
insignia on this uniform was not a common
The HBT model I had a few distinctive trademarks. Notice that the top right hand pocket has a buttonless
flap covering it while the left side pocket is flapless. The lower front has two large pockets where
the right side has a smaller pocket inside of the large one. The back has two pockets that are open and
do not have a flap cover
The suit has a built-in belt with a square metal buckle painted green. The belt is sewn to the back and
the side of the uniform, the front ends remain loose. A single zipper closes the front of the uniform.
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