1943-45 WW2 Army M-1943 Field Jacket (Size 34R)

The M1943 Field Jacket was a vast improvement over the M1941 Field Jacket, which was too light for the conditions of the European Theater.
With research, experimentation, and development by the US Army Quartermaster, the 1943 Field Uniform replaced the M1941 version. The M1943 jacket was constructed with 4 pockets, matching trousers that were made from windproof sateen cotton. A chemical hood was also issued with special buttons added to the reverse neck. The jacket was issued slightly larger than the tagged size as it was intended to be worn in a layer system over a wool sweater and/or liner if the cold weather required it. The uniform was first issued to elements of the 3rd Infantry Division fighting at Anzio in Italy in February/ March 1944 for field testing. Despite the high praise the jacket received from those who wore it, General Omar Bradley considered it unsightly and inferior to the wool overcoat. Resistance by Bradley and other commanders in the ETO resulted in the uniform not being issued until shortages of all field jackets finally forced them to relent in the Fall of 1944.
The supply situation for clothing for troops already in the ETO was described as "critical" and "very critical" until the end of January 1945. (Shipments of ammunition, fuel and food took precedence over clothing). Thus, troops fighting at Aachen, Hurtgen and the Battle of the Bulge will be seen wearing a mix of M41's, Tankers, M1943's and wool overcoats. The exceptions to this were the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions who were almost entirely re-equipped with the uniform just prior to operation "Market Garden" and troops in new units coming from the US. By February 1945, most troops in the ETO had finally been re-equipped with the new uniforms.
The field uniforms outer components, the jacket, hood and trousers are all made from tightly woven cotton twill, often called "sateen". When new it has a shiny finish, which rapidly wears off. These are designed to be windproof but not waterproof. (Soldiers were issued rubberized raincoats and/or ponchos for wet weather).
Both enlisted and officers had a mandatory one jacket issued. A key visual identification was the stamping inside the upper collar area that included an updated instruction label with an illustration depicting the proper procedure for adjusting the drawstring. A small cloth size tag was also found in the collar.
The inside pocket tag reads,
 “Jacket, Field, M-1943”, This jacket increases greatly the warmth of clothing worn under it in cold and temperate climates because it is windproof. 

Fitting: Fit over pile jacket

Use: Sweat will chill you, therefore, when you start to get hot, open collar and loosen cuffs and waist. If that is not enough, remove clothing worn underneath.

Waist Drawstring: Pull drawstring up and loop each end to keep proper adjustment. In warm weather or when overheated, tie drawstring across body and open the unbuttoned jacket. “

Hood is missing. Jacket is in excellent plus condition, showing wear, but no tears or rips. 


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1943-45 WW2 Army M-1943 Field Jacket (Size 34R)