Original U.S. WWII USMC P44 Camouflage Pattern 1944 Utility Coat - Size 40
Original Item: Only One Available. Excellent condition unissued size 40 Pattern 1944 United States Marine Corps Camouflage Utility Coat. This cotton HBT (Herring Bone Twill) Camouflage pattern jacket was issued to Marines at the end of WWII and during the Korean war. This pattern was seen as an improvement over the one-piece "jungle" coveralls, which lacking a drop seat, made "relieving yourself" difficult in combat situations. However, the Marines who wore the Camouflage on Tarawa and elsewhere were easy to spot when moving (as opposed to be stationary) and the pattern was discontinued. The Utility coat was designed to be reversible. The outer side is the base green "jungle" camouflage pattern, with the tan or "sand" side inside the jacket and pants.
The jacket is in very good lightly used overall condition and is ink stamped faintly under the collar as a size 40. The actual measurements of the jacket are as follows: across the chest 23"; sleeve length 24"; waist width 24"; shoulders 19"; and overall length 31". All snaps and black U.S.M.C doughnut hole buttons are present and in good original condition, with light wear to the "blacked" finish. Like the regular P1944 utility jackets made of "sage green" HBT fabric, the jacket has trademark "side entry" pockets on the chest, which were originally intended for use with flotation "pillows", as well as carrying the usual paraphernalia of the typical combat Marine.
Overall the jacket shows light wear, as well as some rust staining from service. A very nice example, ready to add to your Pacific War collection!
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