Uniform, Herringbone Twill,
Camouflage Jacket, Herringbone Twill, Camouflage
Trousers, Herringbone Twill, Camouflage This page was last updated:
April 26, 2016
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It appears that the U.S.
military introduced camouflage into their uniform mass issue stocks but
only very briefly during the 1943/44 campaigns of WWII. The
Marines issued camouflage herringbone twill utilities based on their P41
design initially for the invasion of Tarawa in 1943 and they were slowly
fazed out. The Army did the same in the fall of 1944 during the bocage fighting in the French countryside. The Army version was
the M1942 fatigue uniform pattern with large cargo pockets on the
jacket and trousers. The
camouflage pattern was so popular that retail stores and mail order
outlets produced hunting attire in the exact same spot pattern in the
1950s and early 1960s. US Army camouflage uniforms also were sold
surplus to foreign militaries such as French forces such as was seen
operating in French Indo-China. Duck-Hunter camouflage suits were
bought by the CIA from Sears Roebuck and issued to Cuban Freedom
Fighters for the ill-fated Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961.
Technically speaking, the fabric
that WWII uniform sewing contractors used to produce either the Army or
Marine Camo HBT uniforms was the same and modeled after the Army spec
HBT fabric. That's why the camo colors
were identical and only the uniform styling was different. We
duplicate their efforts entirely with our American made custom woven HBT
fabric. The fabric was printed in a
green color scheme on the right side of the HBT fabric, and a tan color
scheme on the reverse side. Using our M1942 HBT fatigue
uniform as the pattern we add special accents as was used on original
uniforms such as protective flaps and fly panel, knee and elbow
reinforcements, hidden buttons on pocket flaps, and lapel contrasting.
Our uniforms are produced using our durable yet comfortable 100% cotton
herringbone twill printed in the authentic WWII "arbor" camo spot
pattern. We use mercerized and glazed 100% cotton thread matched
for color and gauge to stitch together the garment. We use
the same type of sewing machines to duplicate the stitch work of the
original garments. Buttons are solid cast in the authentic color.
Both jackets and trousers even include authentic WWII era QM
inspector labels with sizing and contract info stitched in locations as
historically done in the real garments. Despite the shortcomings
of the colorfast and fading issues on original uniforms our uniforms
hold up much better under use and will last as you memorialize troops
fighting the bitter Normandy Breakout or Falaise Pocket phase of WWII.