In finally filling out my WWII Army HBT Uniform collection, with a mint, Camouflage Jacket, I thought it would be helpful to do an article about the various HBT types and patterns. I am in no way implying that my collection is any better or extensive than many other forum members, but instead of collecting quantity, I have concentrated on variety and condition. All of the items I will be highlighting here, from my meager collection, have easily readable QM tags or ink stamps which will make it easier to identify the maker and manufacture information about the item.
I wish to give Kenneth Lewis, the author of the wonderful book Doughboy to GI, much credit for identifying the characteristics of the various patterns for the Army, HBT jackets and trousers. Hopefully with Ken’s blessing, I will be using his pattern references here if my item descriptions.
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1st Pattern HBT Jacket.
Up until about 10 years ago, really nice 1st pattern HBT jackets were very hard to find. But all of a sudden a large stash of mint, unissued jackets in enormous sizes, were found in Europe and made their way here. The jacket I am showing here, is NOT from this stash, but is from a set of jacket, trousers and hat I was extremely fortunate to buy locally. I will be showing the trousers later in this post as part of what I would consider is a premier matching set with this jacket. The characteristics of the 1st pattern jacket are the pockets have clipped corners on their bottom edges and also on the corners of the flaps. The pockets also have pleats in them and the jacket has an adjustable waist band, with two buttons in the front.
My example shown here is in absolutely mint/pristine condition and also has its full complement of cutters tags and uses the 13 star, metal buttons.