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WWII US Marine Corps ID'ed M-41 Field Jacket Painted With Devil Dog on Reverse
Item #: VF4057
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This US M-41 cotton field jacket size 34, was issued to Pvt. John C. Osborn of Fleet Marine Force. The jacket is named in two places, first the obvious. The front of the jacket has a EGA nicely inked and stylistically executed along with his name John C. Osborn. Secondly, on the inside of the lining underneath one of the armpits his name also appears as seen in the photos. The jacket is overall very sound with minor fraying at the cuffs and the zipper pull is missing but the zipper functions well without it. The reverse of the jacket has a Devil Dog inked wearing a dress cap also with an EGA. The bulldog also wears a studded collar and overall is very attractive.

When the US entered the war in 1941, the OD cotton field jacket was the standard outer garment for all army personnel, except those that had other specialist clothing (such as paratroopers, who wore the parachutist's coat and trousers (M-1942/43) Tankers, who were issued the famous (and widely sought-after) tankers jacket, or in extreme cold-climate conditions (parkas in cold weather, etc.). As a result, the field jacket could be seen worn in every theater of war and by nearly every type of soldier, making a rather ubiquitous symbol of the World War II American G.I..

Throughout the course of the war, the OD cotton field jacket proved to be an inadequate outer garment. The jacket's thin lining provided poor insulation during cold weather and the light cotton shell provided little protection from wet weather and wind. In addition, the lighter shade of OD 3 faded quickly and resulted in a beige color, thus compromising the effect of camouflage (many troops in the field found this out the hard way, and often turned their jackets inside-out because the wool lining was a darker shade of OD and didn't gleam in the sunlight like the poplin shell did.

The OD cotton field jacket was officially replaced as standard with the adoption of the M-1943 uniform ensemble, which included the much improved M-1943 field jacket. The OD cotton field jacket was redesignated limited standard and issued until supplies were exhausted. Photographic evidence shows that soldiers continued to wear the older jacket all the way through the end of the war, due to supply shortages and squabbling between the Quartermaster Corps, and field commanders whom all had their own ideas of what the troops should "look like". The jackets even show up in limited use during the Korean War.

Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Your Price $250.00 USD