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An Assortment of OD wool WWII Sweaters


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I was doing my normal Spring cleaning and inspection of my collection and I did not realize the variety of OD wool sweaters I had squirreled away over the years. There are military issued High Neck Sweaters, Red Cross provided sweaters, private purchase sweaters and a few without tags. I know this may be considered a mundane category, but the variety in style, materials and colors has always interested me. There are even two High Neck Sweaters from the same manufacturer, but in different sizes.

 

Bob

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Sweater 2.

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Sweater 3.

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Sweater 4.

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Sweater 5.

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Sweater 6.

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Sweater 7.

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Sweater 8.

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Sweater 9.

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Sweater 10.

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Really fantastic sweaters Bob! Bravo! :twothumbup:

 

Thanks for posting.

Bryan

“There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess.The undertakers are winning.The politicians who talk about the glory of it.The old men who talk about the need of it.The soldiers, well, they just wanna go home.” Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

 

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Nice off-beat collection Rambob. Perhaps not as "sexy" as a camo-suit or a badged-up field jacket, but important parts of a GI's wardrobe nevertheless...and not a moth-nip in sight?! Amazing! Thanks for posting.

 

Ian :thumbsup:

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Thanks everyone for your kind words. I was truly surprised at how many of these sweaters I had acquired over the years. Especially since I don't normal collect multiples of anything. They seemed to be a popular item to bring home and most came with groupings I bought directly from vets or their families. I would put them on a PLASTIC hanger and hang them at the end of my caves coat rack where obviously I didn't make it down to very often. Sabrejet and Bart P, Moths are my sworn enemies and I go to herculean efforts to keep them out of the cave. Protective plastic around the coat racks, sealed plastic tubs, moth balls, you name it are in my arsenal against these pests. I went to a lot of work and spent a lot of money on a collection I could be proud of and will not let it fall prey to those little "Moth"ers!!

 

BTW. I have always believed that the 5 button, High Neck Sweater from WWII was one of the coolest, classiest and best looking garments produced during that period. I think the same style sweater is still in use today in the military. It may be hard to see, but the four High Neck Sweaters I showed all have different thread color, weight and stitching variations, even from the same manufacturer.

 

Regards,

 

 

Bob

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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Thanks everyone for your kind words. I was truly surprised at how many of these sweaters I had acquired over the years. They seemed to be a popular item to bring home and most came with groupings I bought directly from vets or their families. I would put them on a PLASTIC hanger and hang them at the end of my caves coat rack where obviously I didn't make it down to very often. Sabrejet and Bart P, Moths are my sworn enemies and I go to herculean efforts to keep them out of the cave. Protective plastic around the coat racks, sealed plastic tubs, moth balls, you name it are in my arsenal against these pests. I went to a lot of work and spent a lot of money on a collection I could be proud of and will not let it fall prey to those little "Moth"ers!!

 

Regards,

Bob

 

 

Hi Bob...yes indeed! That's one battle none of us can afford to lose!

 

Ian :w00t:

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Beautiful sweaters - thanks for posting them. For me they are one of most interesting parts of my collection. I really enjoyed looking at what you posted and noting the button/color/stitching variations. The wonderful varied OD tones has always been one of the things that attracted me to WWII uniform collecting. I've always made it a point to keep a couple of samples to each item to represent these variations. The WWII sweater collecting is a rich area. There are many goods things and challenges - the turtleneck, the sleeveless, the early verisons of the highneck. I know I need to be put in a straight jacket! :lol:

 

I thought I'd add pictures showing color variations on the V-neck and button variations on the high neck. Somebody might find this interesting. Didn't mean to bore, offend, or high jack anything.

 

CR

 

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ruescher, Great photos!! I really like how you compare the colors of the various sweaters!! And what nice sweaters you have in your collection. Thanks for adding to the topic.

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I recently for two sleeveless OD wool sweaters as part of a 10-trunk grouping from a WWII infantry officer. One of them is, as with one of yours above, made by Catalina (later known as Catalina Sportswear).

 

Before (and after) the war they made the "All America Board of Football" sweater and continued to use the same label on their wartime production.

 

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Here's this officer's other sweater: no label and probably Red Cross-made.

 

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