Original U.S. WWII 760th Tank Battalion Officer B-3 Sheepskin Jacket, Ike Jacket and Class A Service Coat
Original Items: Only One Set Available. During World War Two the B-3 was a jacket designed specifically for the high-altitude needs of bombers. This was a bulky sheepskin jacket with a heavy-duty sheep-fur lining meant to keep men warm 25,000 feet in the air. For extra protection, the wide sheepskin collar could be closed with two leather straps. Far bulkier than typical flight jackets, the B-3 does not have a knit waistband and trim fit that made the other jackets famous. Rather its warmth and durability made it a hit, even with Army General George S. Patton. The B3 was heavy-duty jacket designed for the sub-freezing temperatures of high-altitude flying. Today multiple reproduction are produced and many cost well over $1000 because the B-3 is a great, time-tested option.
This size 44R WW2 manufactured B-3 Shearling bomber jacket is in good condition with original Brass zipper. There is a tear at the back of the collar and has original label tag. What is most impressive is the custom made leather Italian 760th Tank Battalion patch.
Also included is an IKE jacket and a named Class A Service Coat.
To Rome and Beyond: With Our Story of the 760th Tank Battalion, WWII by John E. Krebs.
The first part of the book is a revised edition of To Rome and Beyond, self published in 1981 by Colonel John E. Krebs. The purpose was to have a combat battle record of B Company 760th Tank Battalion. The book was to be ready for the 1981 reunion in Denver, Colorado and was presented with great success although only 200 copies were available, orders were taken and more than 7000 copies were sold. At the Denver reunion the decision was made for the veteran members to begin gathering stories about their battle memories. Over the next several years the stories came in and Our Story of the 760th Tank Battalion WWII took shape. Colonel Helmuth Froeschle who was the last Battalion Commander as well as the Battalion Historian began putting Our Story together. The story was completed in 13 chapters in 2002, as I predicted previously, we now have a complete history of the 760th Tank Battalion. General Mark W. Clark wrote, "Your 760th Tank Battalion made a fine record for itself". Colonel Froeschle and I agreed these stories should be adapted and published in a book titled "To Rome and Beyond with Our Story of the 760th Tank Battalion WWII" This book is the factual account of fierce fire fights with Tiger Tanks and the dreaded 88MM gun, daring patrols into enemy territory, momentary capture by German Soldiers during an artillery shelling, the anguish and sorrow of a comrade's death, the destruction of battle and the discomfort of the Italian winters with freezing rain and snow that turned battle terrain into a sea of mud.
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