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Original U.S. WWII Army M-1942 Paratrooper Jump Jacket - Size 38

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Original Item: Only One Available. This Original M1942 Airborne Jump Jacket in Olive Drab #3 offered is in heavily used and worn condition. The coat consists of four front patch pockets with two button snaps on each top flap, with 2 rows on the pockets, to secure different sized items. The jacket also has a unique dual-zippered knife pocket located on the upper lapel which was designed to contain a switchblade pocketknife, used to cut the parachute rigging if entangled. The top two pockets were also angled inward to make items easier to retrieve with the opposite hand. This example does not have any flag or unit patches, however it does not appear that they were removed, so they simply may have never been sewn on.

The jacket is in worn original condition, with the expected stains and small pulls and tears you would associate with service. All snaps are present and in working order. The knife pocket zipper is functional, while the main zipper is a period replacement and is broken. There are two large tears on the right back shirt of the jacket as well. The jacket is marked with an illegible soldier’s laundry number, which is the  last four digits of the soldier's Army Serial Number along with the first letter of his last name. It is also marked with size “R38”  directly in the back interior, indicating that is is a size 38 jacket. The original belt is not present, most likely it was removed at the time, which was common as they were not popular with the men who wore them.

Due to the somewhat fragile nature of the uniform, the M1942 pattern was often reinforced with thicker, tougher canvas on the elbows, crotch and knees. However, this example was never reinforced, indicating early issue. The M42 was worn by Paratroops assigned to Airborne units. The M42 was eventually phased out in favor of the M1943 Uniform which was a darker green, OD #7. Despite this, various individuals chose to keep their M42s in order to show their veteran status.

This is a wonderful example of a very hard to find early configuration jump jacket, in great shape.
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