"When I got back from the war in 1946 people didn't want the Mr. Smith kinda movie anymore & I refused to make war pictures" James Stewart on why he started making Westerns.
RN Class II 1980s jumper/jacket (Submariner)
A Class II Royal Navy Sensors Submariner Leading Rate. Has Leading Rate anchor insignia on left sleeve. One stripe indicating Lance Corporal. SSM Sensors Submarine trade badge with 2 stars on right sleeve. A Leading Rate is able to carry out complex tasks and is expected to train for the next level of Petty Officer. The label inside reads:
size 176/100/84 Amended Pattern
Shoulder to shoulder 17" 44 cm
edge of collar to bottom edge of jacket 29" 74 cm
U.S M65 Coldweather Camo Jacket 1991
U.S. M65 Cold weather Camouflague DPM field coat 1991. Hood. Four front poppered pockets. Velcro adjustable cuffs. Drawstring waist & bottom edge. Small/Regular. Good vintage condition. No marks or tears. Label intact but faded.
Base of Collar to bottom edge 75cm or 29 1/2 "
Shoulder to cuff edge 62 cm or 24 1/2 "
Armpit to Armpit 57cm or 22 1/2 "
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Khaki Canadian MA2 Jacket Reproduction
An excellent copy of a Canadian MA2 military jacket. It is based on a U.S.A.F. original. It is lighter in weight and is not fire retardant as the original would have been. There is also 'fighter command' on the label which would not have appeared on the original. In excellent condition with no rips or tears. Zipper in working order.
The familiar jacket many associate with the standard military look that we think of today was developed during World War II. These coats usually featured olive green fabric with a single row of buttons down the front and breast pockets on each side. In 1942, the U.S. military began a program to establish functional uniform guidelines for combat divisions anywhere in the world. Modeled after British military attire, the resulting M-1943 outfit was designed for cold weather and worn by U.S. troops during the invasion at Normandy.
One piece in the ensemble was a hip-length semi-dress jacket made from olive green wool that could be worn formally or in combat. These coats came to be known as “Eisenhower” or “Ike” jackets, as they were used by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who also wore them after the war while he was president. Since the coats were meant to be worn under a water-repellent outer layer and over various undergarments, their sleeves were baggy and they were loose fitting in the back. Ike jackets were frequently adorned with various patches, pins, or service stripes signifying the owner’s rank and military achievements.
World War II also saw the rise of the leather bomber or pilot flight jacket, a style most closely associated with the Type A-2 jacket, which was officially adopted by the U.S. Air Force in 1931. The U.S. Air Force Catalog from the era describes the jacket as “seal brown horsehide leather, knitted wristlets and waistband (skirt).” It was produced for the Air Force by companies like Werber Sportswear and Aero Leather Clothing Co. In the 1980s, the style was reissued by the Air Force to wide acclaim, yet the cut was less fitted and the jacket proved less durable than the original A-2s.
High-altitude flight crews often wore the B-3 Shearling Bomber Jacket, which was originally designed in 1926 for the British RAF by parachutist Leslie Irvin. As World War II progressed and aviation technology improved, flight altitudes increased, exposing pilots and crews to lower air temperatures. Thus the F2 Heated Flight Jacket, which consisted of a wool shell surrounding electrical heating devices.
Regardless of model, these flight jackets were frequently personalized with detailed artwork beyond just the wearer’s troop or rank—for many contemporary jacket collectors, the more individualized and detailed the artwork, the more valuable the jacket. Individual servicemen often customized their jackets with images ranging from pin-up girls and Donald Duck to tallies of bombs dropped and battlefield kills.
The MA-1 Nylon Flight Jacket was released in 1955, and later redesigned by Alpha Industries to include an orange lining for reversible wear during search-and-rescue operations. Alpha revamped many classic flight jackets from the late 1950s onward, and is today the largest supplier of outerwear for the U.S. Military.
Marching-band-style jackets are also closely linked with military uniforms. These bands were developed at the same time as early armies—their purpose was to direct troops and give signals on the battlefield. Contemporary marching-band uniforms are strikingly similar to those worn during the Revolutionary War era, complete with detailed armbands and rows of elaborate facings.
In 1967, The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" album cover instantly popularized a highly decorative military-band-style jacket, a double-breasted look complete with ornate, contrasting piping designs across the front and sleeves, with epaulets on each shoulder.
Standard issue M-65 Field Jackets from the Vietnam War era are the most widely available vintage military jackets today. Made of a lighter olive-green canvas than their predecessors and fitted with plastic zippers or buttons instead of metal ones, M-65s featured cargo pockets and were generally unpersonalized since rank insignia was simply pinned onto the jacket rather than sewn.