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M1938 Reversible Camouflage Shirt, Experimental?

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I am curious about a shirt I picked 12 years ago. The store starts with a friend referring me to a individual who had a camouflage shirt that he had picked up at a Army Air Force Base in Central WA at the end of WW2. He was given the below shirt by a returning Army vet from what he recalls was the Pacific Theater of war.

 

Shirt looks to me to be a M1938 fatigue shirt but reversible camouflage. The shirt is green on one side and brown on the other, both sides of the shirt have button and button holes, the green side has side take-up straps, both sides have 2 chest pleated pockets. The buttons are donut type with stars and wreaths.

I believe at the beginning of WW2 the US Army was experimenting with camouflage shirts and pants but most I have seen of camouflage M1938 shirts were camouflage on one side and green on the other. Do any of you have a similar examples, anybody have any information on the early war samples?

 

I took a few picks for you viewing pleasure, first up are the green sides then I will follow with some pics of the brown side.

. thanks Mike

 

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While less common than the 13 star buttons, those buttons do appear on some WWII US Army garments. I've got a 1-piece camo suit with them and did own a pair of "tanker" bibs with them as well. HTH

Tim

ps. The shirt is excruciatingly, relentlessly, cool!


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Mike ,

There are some more of these somewhere in the forum.

The print is standard.

There is a weird lime green one just before this.

owen


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Mike ,

There are some more of these somewhere in the forum.

The print is standard.

There is a weird lime green one just before this.

owen

Thanks Owen for the heads up, I had searched for the topic but probably did not use correct verbiage

 

I will look harder

 

Thanks Mike


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I am absolutely stunned. This is the only Jacket of its kind I have ever seen.

I've encountered extremely few of the camouflage-to-O.D. experiments, but this one takes the cake!!

Below is a photo of it in a training shot...there are others on the Forum, as well as the one from Fort Belvoir

in Ken Lewis' "Doughboy to G.I." on page 74.

 

Thanks for showing us this treasure!

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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While less common than the 13 star buttons, those buttons do appear on some WWII US Army garments. I've got a 1-piece camo suit with them and did own a pair of "tanker" bibs with them as well. HTH

Tim

ps. The shirt is excruciatingly, relentlessly, cool!

 

You're right, they used whatever was on hand.

Here's the cuff of a One-Piece Jungle Suit which is hanging around here...

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Flage guy has it i think.

 

Hey, Owen ol' man, what's up???

 

All I have is the O.D.-to-'flage suit in the "normal" shades. It only has 1 pocket on each side; no doubt this design inspired the

Marine Corps' layout of their new Camo Suit.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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The Trousers:

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Buttons for a Hood...

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I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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Turned inside-out (or is it inside-in...?!?); this Suit has all 13-star buttons, with the exception of the collar's Hood buttons...

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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I am absolutely stunned. This is the only Jacket of its kind I have ever seen.

I've encountered extremely few of the camouflage-to-O.D. experiments, but this one takes the cake!!

Below is a photo of it in a training shot...there are others on the Forum, as well as the one from Fort Belvoir

in Ken Lewis' "Doughboy to G.I." on page 74.

 

Thanks for showing us this treasure!

Thanks for the great picture looks Like a ringer, did you say above that there are other pics of this same type of coat on the forum (camo to camo examples) ?

I as you mentioned above have seen camo to green but other than your picture above have rarly seen camo to camo.


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The only other pics I've seen of this variant on the Forum are period photos like the one I posted...and I think I copied that from the guy who posted it here.

There aren't a whole lot of pictures around of these Suits.


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I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Looks like the B@w picture suit has plastic buttons.

Looks like the pocket button on the black and white photo could be plastic but I would say the closure pockets look like the metal wreath buttons as on my example.


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I would say very similar shirt, but has plastic buttons instead of metal one. Cuff closure and waist adjusting tabs are slightly different pattern.

See photos. JAROSLAV

 

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3/6 Marines, King Co., Re-Enacted, 1943-1945;
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MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION MEMBER

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rest of photos. JAROSLAV

 

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Mr. Jaroslav Jochman
3/6 Marines, King Co., Re-Enacted, 1943-1945;
USMC & USN REENACTORS ASSOCIATION
MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION MEMBER

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