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I paid less than $100 for mine, slight fray to the cuffs but thats all and it fits me which i guess is a 44 or 46R. I did see an unissued M41 size 44R dated 1942 on ebay about 8 months or so ago with a starting bid at $600 and no one bid on it.

My repro 41 is far better made than my original.

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That one looks original to me to. If you want another one be patient and search around on the net and in thrift stores. I never thought I would find one at a thrift store but I did and only paid $5 US for it and it's in great condition. It has war correspondent patches on it to!

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Has anyone ever seen a jacket like this? It is like an M41 but darker green like the M43. It has Allied Airborne patch on the right and 17th on the left. Also, stamped with Vet Id inside. Came from a vet. I suspect it is theater made.

 

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I assume thare are no labels. Correct? Given the color and the lining, I would suspect that someone had it made, somewhere. There were private purchase M41's available, I used to have one with a zip-out lining (missing). Apparently it was not unusual for officers at least to buy variants.


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I don't own the jacket. The owner had an interview with the vet. It was just nothing like I have ever seen before. Has a silky type lining. I agree that I think someone had it made. I was just trying to get opinions to see if they agreed with me. I think it is possible later war / occupation theater made.

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I have this jacket for a while now and still i'm not sure if it's original and when i read this topic i really doubt it.
It has a somehow green wool liner, it doesnt have a QM label in the pocket and it has a KWIK zipper with "MADE IN USA" om the back of it, sorry if it is to obvious because i'm not really into these kind jackets :unsure:

 

 

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I assume thare are no labels. Correct? Given the color and the lining, I would suspect that someone had it made, somewhere. There were private purchase M41's available, I used to have one with a zip-out lining (missing). Apparently it was not unusual for officers at least to buy variants.

 

Gil,

I have one from a doctor,a Captain who served in Japan.He had a jacket like you mentioned with a zip out liner.Also saw Craigs new post on the 43-44 SEARS catalog.Had a nice add for a "Army Type" field jacket which appears to be patterned after the 41.

 

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I'm proud of this because I found it and didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it. I found it at a flea-tique and got it for $5! It's also the only M1941 I've ever found offline.

 

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Wow, I'd have a heart attack if I found a jacket with those patches on it. Think the jacket is rare? Compared to the value and rarity of the patches on it, the jacket isn't really the reason you should feel so lucky!

Naturally, as a collector of correspondent stuff, should you ever decide to sell it, PLEASE let me know, no matter how long it's been..

Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Here's the only one I got:

 

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In a nice used condition, the sleeves have ben shortened a bit but still very nice for a display.

It's part of my 4th AD MP display now.

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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hello,

I have a jacket M41 and I would like to know if it is an original.

 

 

on the label in the pocket, there are the following:

 

od field jacket

SEMS INC

Cartersville. GA

cont w669-qm 19,076

dated May 29 1942

QMC tent spec

PQD No. 20B

Dated March 17 1942

No stock 55J230

size 44R

 

Phil QM Depot

 

Inspector

 

it is colored od3

and the buttons are light brown

there is no inscription on the zipper

 

Can you help me?

(sorry for my bad English)

 

thank you

best regards

 

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M41 Field Jacket with officer leather stripe

 

That leather name tag has nothing to do with being an Officer or not...

 

Mainly a USAAF item and listed as such in the AAF catalog, you see them on both Officers and EM's clothing

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This photo courtesy of the Missouri State Archives, shows eight Chaplains during a field training exercise at Camp Crowder Missour on May 11, 1944.

 

Two (if not three, the coat on the man third from right is partially obscured) of the coats are the typical M41 pattern, while the man in the middle wears a hybrid so-called M38/41, identifiable by the pocket buttons (as found on M38 production) and shoulder straps (found on the M41 jackets).

 

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http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/msaphotos/id/3565

 

 

Here we can see the features of the hybrid coat:

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And the original newspaper article also containing the photo:

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http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/msaphotos/id/3566

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Another image from the same collection of the Missouri State Archives shows an officer clearly wearing a private purchase windbreaker type coat of a very similar pattern to the M41 coat. The photo was taken in March of 1945 during a training exercise.

 

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http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/msaphotos/id/3345

 

It is similar in cut and probably material, but lacks a button closure entirely relying on a zipper.

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What is the difference between an M41 regular and an M41 officers jacket?

 

Basically none... Officers had to buy and pay for their own uniforms... Early on many Officers would buy their garments from tailors and/or specialised shops... Later on they would buy their uniforms straight from the QM Dept through the unit Quartermaster shops...

 

It isn't uncommon to see Officers wearing standard combat uniforms just as the Enlisted Men... Private purchase and/or tailor made field jackets would be marked accordingly and some would be of better quality than the regular issue ones...

 

So for an Officer impression or display, nothing wrong with a standard field jacket with appropriate Offcicers' rank insignia...

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