Original U.S. WWII US Army Second Pattern Herringbone Twill HBT Uniform Top With Airborne Stencil on the Back and Named Pocket Bible
Original Items: Only One Available. By early 1942, government contractors were struggling to supply enough of the HBT uniforms to supply the needs of the Army. This fact combined with complaints from the troops regarding their design led to the garments being modified in order to simplify production and improve their functional characteristics. Improved designs for both garments appeared in 1942- these uniforms are referred to by collectors as "second pattern"- while the Army termed them "simplified two piece suit".
The new jacket was greatly simplified; the bi-swing back, adjustable waist and gusseted armpits were gone, the breast pockets were simpler and much larger. The already loosely fitting chest was enlarged another 2". They were now 10" over the marked size due to the design concept that they be large enough to be worn over a field jacket.
The new trousers had a larger seat for better freedom of movement, a higher rise, and the internal pockets were replaced with two large cargo types on the hips.
The HBT top is in great condition with signs of long service life due to the fading. There is no significant damage present and all buttons and snaps are present and functional. The back of the top has a large stenciled image of Paratrooper Wings, which was probably done on the way back to the United States after the war.
The small red pocket sized bible is named to a Private Warren Knutson and from what we could find is that he was apart of the Army Air Corps in 1945. Unfortunately we have not been able to find anymore information on this soldier, making for a wonderful research project.
Comes more than ready for display.
Collar to shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to sleeve: 23”
Shoulder to shoulder: 19”
Chest width: 21”
Waist width: 20”
Hip width: 19”
Front length: 29"
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