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The M1937 U.S. Army Indigo-Blue-Denim Uniform was the grandfather of all
HBT fatigue uniforms. When the world witnessed the aggression by the
Axis powers during the late 1930s the United States had a meager
military. The budget for the Army was down a bare minimum thus
research and development was put back as a low priority. Needless
to say the technology of the day had not made a significant impact on
quartermaster issued supplies. While the Axis countries had
modernized their clothing needs the United States lagged behind with
only slight improvements from uniform designs that spanned during the
1920s and 1930s. Denim had been produced for military purposes
starting in the late 19th century. Since denim was such a durable
and comfortable fabric the military saw no need to update the
technology. The Army did eventually replace the denim work uniform
with the Herringbone Twill uniforms but what the Army didn't know was
just how popular the denim styling would remain post WWII.
This uniform was also issued to prisoners-of-war and you can find
original examples with the obvious "PW" still painted on the back.
It's very distinctive styling was sought after by denim enthusiasts all
over the world. Today this style is not only worn by "Americana"
dreamers but also by historians and interpreters who focus on bridging
history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and other "New Deal"
organizations, US Army Coastal Defense parks and museums, and other
Pre-WWII Army programs. During the beginning of American
involvement in the Pacific this denim work uniform was worn by Army
personnel in the field. Pictures sparsely depict some soldiers
wearing this uniform during the Bataan Death March right alongside other
khaki cotton summer uniforms.
Be advised, this garment is VERY
COMFORTABLE. Once you wash it a few times and wear it down, you
won't want to take it off! The denim fabric is just the right
weight to make it very breathable during the summer, yet durable enough
to wear in the motor pool and get dirty. We bring you a real work
garment with this uniform with a capitol "W". We totally
understand why the Army didn't feel the need to replace this garment.
It served it's purpose well though it wasn't really intended as a combat
We make the best Blue Denim Work Uniforms available anywhere. You
don't need to pay the high prices for replicas produced in the far east.
We make them ourselves and offer them at a very competitive price.
The fabric we use is domestically American made antique style indigo
denim which looks and feels like the real thing. Our M1937 shirt depicts
the WWI era pull-over style with three metal "US Army" buttons and two
large side opening pockets. The M1937 trousers have patch front and rear
pockets, genuine solid zinc cast "USA" fly buttons, and a large
adjustment strap across the rear. The uniform includes a matching denim
Daisy Mae hat. These are a must for any coastal defense or other
pre-WWII interpreters. Wear them when your manning the gun pits on
a coast artillery emplacement or just lounging around next to your Ford
T bucket hot rod.
Be advised the denim used in these garments has a 2% shrinkage rate (IE
36" waist will shrink 0.72"). Shrinkage should be considered when
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Shirt, Work, Blue-Denim, M1937
Price $70.00 ea.
3-pc uniform ensemble available further down page.