Original U.S. WWI 5th Corps Tunic - V Corps

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Original Item: Only One Available. This genuine Great War tunic is a fine example in approximately size 38 It features a heavy wool construction with cotton lining, 5th Corps division Pentagon patch on left shoulder private E-2 chevron, all bakelite Eagle buttons are present and there is no moth damage or holes. A very nice example from a legendary division that saw combat in the Great War and in WWII.

V Corps was organized July 7–12, 1918 in the Regular Army in France, as part of the American Expeditionary Forces. By the end of World War I, the Corps had fought in three named campaigns.

The corps's shoulder patch, a pentagon whose points lie on an imaginary circle 2 1/8 inches (5.40 cm) in diameter whose edges are white lines 3/16 inch (.48 cm) in width and whose radial lines are white 1/8 inch (.32 cm) in width, was approved on December 3, 1917. The triangles thus outlined in white are flag blue. The pentagon represents the number of the Corps, while blue and white are the colors associated with Corps flags.


After NSDAP Germany declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941, the corps deployed (January 1942) the first American soldiers to the European Theater of Operations, United States Army. That initial deployment was known as the U.S. Army Northern Ireland Force or MAGNET. On June 6, 1944, V Corps assaulted Omaha Beach, Normandy. Corps soldiers then broke out from the beachhead, liberated Paris and Sedan, Ardennes, and raced to the German border. After liberating Luxembourg, V Corps fought in the Battle of the Bulge, captured Leipzig, made first contact with the Red Army at Torgau, and, south in Czechoslovakia, liberated Plzen by May 1945.


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