M43, MQ1, M50 & M51 Field Jackets & Trousers
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Here's another odd one, an M1943 MQ-1 field jacket with a contract date in 1948 but a pattern date of Aug 1944. But the jacket is clearly made to a post war pattern so why is this listed on the spec tag? Also, the specification number is all wrong for a 1944 jacket.
Posted 07 December 2006 - 08:16 AM
The M-43 Field Jacket variations
(PQD = Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot)
1. Specification PDQ 1 370 (May 29 1943)
-The collar can be buttoned in an upwards position by a piece of cloth under the collar, it can be buttoned in two positions, depending on what type of clothing is worn underneath.
-13 sizes are available, three lengths are available, Short, Regular and Long.
-Makers tag is in the right breast pocket, printed on cheese cloth.
-Size tag is sewn in the collar.
-There is a loop sewn in the collar to suspend the jacket when not worn.
-The bottom of the sleeves are closed like the wool shirt.
2. Specification PDQ 370-A (June 30 1943)
-The piece of cloth under the collar is placed lower.
-The bottom of the sleeves is hemmed by just one row of stitching.
-13 sizes available, 2 lengths , Regular and Long.
-Two lengths of cloth are sewn in at both extremities of the lower pockets to support the weight sometimes carried in them. One of these pieces of cloth goes all the way up to the collar.
3. Specification PQD 370-B (July 9 1943)
-The bottom of the sleeves are more simplified.
-The patch for closing the collar is replaced by a trapezoid patch sewn behind the left side of the collar and held in place by buttons.
-The second button for the collar is no longer there.
-The size is now printed below the collar.
-Makers tag is in the right lower pocket.
4. Specification PQD 397 (September 15 1943)
-Looks like the M-1943-A
Its made of poplin, and lined by flannel to use up the existing stocks for the Field Jacket lining (M-1941) Its made in small amounts until spring 1944.
5. Specification PQD 370-C ((October 11 1943)
-Suppression of the 2nd button of the patch for the upstanding collar when its not being used.
-The loop for suspending the jacket is now actually sewn in a loop. This was not so before.
-18 sizes available, three lengths, Short, Regular and Long.
6. Specification PQD 370-D (February 23 1944)
-‘How to use’ tag added below the collar, rectangular, in cheese cloth or on fabric.
7. Specification PQD 370-E (February 13 1945)
-18 sizes, three lengths, Short, Regular and Long.
-The size tag is sewn in with the collar and the size is marked in red, blue or black.
-‘How to use’ tag now has a small drawing added. Some makers print this tag on the lining by a transfer that is ironed on.
-The breast pockets are made larger, supposedly to be able to carry K rations.
8. After 1945
-Internal buttons added for fitting a liner.
-The color changes to a brighter color.
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This is my early M1943 Field Jacket.
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Member Bob Hritz once told me that he bought a number of similar flags from a former supply sergeant. I have never had any reason to doubt Bob's story as he has always been honest to a fault in our other dealings. I even went so far as to purchase an example from him to add to my collection. While there are a number of photos of 48 star flags sewn to jackets during the Market-Garden campaign, the frequency in which they are observed decreases dramatically as the campaign wore on. I would assume that the colorful flag was too tempting a target for the herrenvolk defending the Dutch bridges. Thanks for sharing the jacket.
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