Original U.S. WWII USMC Modified Reversible Camouflage HBT Utility Coat - As Seen in Book

Item Description

Original Item: Only one Available. Original Items: Only One Set Available. This exact Modified Reversible Camouflage HBT Utility Coat is featured on page 308 in the book Sailors in Forest Green; USN Personnel Attached to the USMC, Volume 1 by Jeff Warner. In fact this piece was purchased by IMA from the estate of Mr. Warner along with much of his personal collection. Please note that for the book photograph, the frayed portion of ends of the sleeves were folded up or edited out.

The USMC camouflage utility uniform was similar in basic design the plain green HBT utility uniform. The camouflage uniform featured laps on the coat front and trouser fly rather than buttons. Since the camouflage uniform was reversible from a dominant green to a dominant tan color scheme, pockets were located on both the inside and outside of the coat and trousers. Only one lower pocket on each side of the coat and one front and one rear pocket on both sides of the trousers were available on the camouflage uniform. Initially, the Marine camouflage uniform was distributed to Raider and parachute battalions. However, they were soon manufactured in greater numbers and worn by men in artillery, supply and other support units.

The modified camouflaged utility uniform was designed specifically to carry a greater amount of ammunition and rations than to previous uniform design. The pockets on the un-modified camouflage uniform were too few and too small to carry any significant mount of essential supplies. With the added pocket space provided, additional support for the added weight that was required as well. For this, metal grommets were provided above the belt line around the waist on the trousers. These corresponded with the hooks on the M1941 USMC equipment suspenders that were already in wide use. (J. Warner)

This a rare example of a United States Marine Corps Modified Reversible Camouflage Herringbone Twill Utility Coat is offered in good condition but shows fraying on both cuffs and overall wear from use and storage. Four USMC "donut" buttons are present along with the large pocket snaps that function well. The jacket is size stamped 38, otherwise there are no visible markings.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 9.5"
Shoulder to Sleeve: 25"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18"
Chest width: 23"
Waist width: 23"
Hip width: 23"
Front length: 31"

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