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  1. The fabric chosen for the service coat, and for that matter the 1944 Ike jackets is so baffling, even knowing that. They seem so thin and liable to damage, compared to other wool uniforms of the era which seem heavier and more resilient to the conditions of the field.
  2. Thank you, thats a very nice photo. While it does seem silly to wear a tight coat and tie, especially compared to the later developments like the m43 system, I guess its not a far cry from the WW1 era high collar jacket, or the tunics of many other nations.
  3. I've often read that in the interwar period, the Olive Drab Wool Service Coat, what we may think of as the 4 pocket Class A uniform, was supposed to serve as both a dress and field uniform. However, given that these philosophies are very opposed, and that warfare was changing, development started on the more modern M41 as a field garment to replace it. My question is, are there every any photos of the Service Coat even being used in a field context, say during a training exercise or anything? I don't think I've ever seen any actual evidence of this other than sources saying it in reference to the development of the M41. Most photos I see are of soldiers wearing their Olive drab flannel shirts and wool pants, their khaki suntans, or early fatigue uniforms like the denim pullovers. As a sidenote, I also read that many were sent over as emergency cold weather clothing, along with m41's, arctic m41's, and overcoats for the battle of the bulge, but were ultimately rejected as not being usable for combat. What happened to these coats?
  4. I recently obtained some modified MARPAT utilities that have velcro modifications done to them, which confuse me as Marines don't really wear insignia the way the Army does, and I've never run into modified Marine uniforms like I had BDU RAID mods. They weren't advertised in any special way, being sold as generic MARPAT uniforms with no acknowledgement of the velcro modifications. The seller told me he lives near a base and just buys surplus to resell. The first uniform has velcro added to both shoulder pockets and nametape area, and came with 2 nametapes hidden inside one of the pockets; One being a US NAVY tape and the other being of the sailor's name. It also came with a boonie that had velcro squares sewn to the top and bottom of the hat. Does anyone know of any Navy service that uses MARPAT and would have an incentive to modify the uniforms in this way? The second set I got had similar modifications, with velcro being added to the sleeve pockets and nametape areas. This one did not have nametapes, but the 8 point cap that it came with had a name and "Scout Sniper Platoon" scribbled inside. The seller did not mention this or include a picture of this in his ad, so I don't think it was added to drive up the price; I got these for pretty cheap. Of course, I acknowledge its possible someone could have added the velcro themselves, but considering the seller didn't attempt to use this as a way to charge more, and did not seem to notice the modifications at all, leads me to wonder what exactly the origin of this is. Anyone else have examples of similar things being done? The only explanation I can think of is some sort of Marine/Navy organization like MARSOC, though finding pictures of this is difficult since I can't tell if they're wearing blouses or combat shirts. The seller also had a set in desert MARPAT, presumably from the same source. I would expect those to be more common than woodland sets, but I do not know.
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