Jumper, Parachute Coat, Jumper, Parachute
Trousers, Jumper, Parachute
AKA Paratrooper Suit
AKA M42 Jumpsuit
This page was last updated:
April 26, 2016
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The Parachute Jumper Uniform was developed in 1942 by Col William
Yarbrough along with the Jumper Boots and Jumper Wings insignia.
The Colonel consulted with local Georgia tailors to design a distinct
and sharp looking uniform that would be worn into combat by parachute
troops. The uniform included several large capacity bellows cargo
pockets in order to store extra munitions, rations, or other supplies
that would be needed since troopers would deploy behind enemy lines.
It was worn by troopers throughout WWII up until it was replaced by the
M43 uniform in the Fall of 1944. During the Normandy Invasion,
paratroopers wore this uniform fitted with special canvas reinforcements
to critical areas for extra strength. This uniform was only issued
to paratroops whom were proud to wear it. Many times the coat was
worn during leave so as to stand out among the hordes of men wearing the
standard Olive Drab service uniform. In the post WWII era
paratrooper enthusiasts and veterans continued to nostalgically don the
uniform as a tribute to the fighting men that wore them.
We replicate this uniform
authentically using domestically woven 100% cotton twill in the correct
weight and density and dyed to a popular earthy tone shade of O.D. #3.
You don't have to tolerate your suit turning orange from sun exposure
and striping from sweat stains like our competitor's suits do. The dye
we use is military spec for colorfastness and resistance to the
sun. We use mercerized and glazed 100% cotton thread matched for
color and gauge to stitch together the garment. A genuine brass
Talon brand zipper with auto-bell slider closes the front of the coat.
Mil-spec snaps colored in a dull nickel finish and are affixed to the
cuffs, collar, pockets and flaps with caps that are dull blackened.
The coat includes a cloth belt with a dull blackened metal slide buckle
and cloth keeper. The trousers include a white cotton pocket, fly,
and waist band lining. Solid cast medium brown plastic buttons are
affixed for fly closure and suspender attachment. Both garments
even include authentic WWII era QM inspector labels with sizing and
contract info stitched in locations as historically done in the real
garments. The Quartermaster or QM suit is our version of the
standard unreinforced model; and the Overlord or OL model is our version
of the canvas reinforced model as was worn by paratroopers landing in
France during the Normandy invasion of the European continent, June 6
1944. For the OL model we use actual tacky and smelly
treated canvas which is the same type as used during WWII, not simply OD dyed
canvas. This canvas is stitched to elbow and knees, and to the
lower coat and thigh cargo pockets, and leg tie straps.
Whether your paying tribute
to fighting men at a historical event or just strolling around town our
uniforms will make you look good. This is a fighting man's uniform and
your visual statement will play loud and clear of your pride in the
service of those who wore it during WWII. Indeed even top designers
adored the look of this uniform and you can still find pictures and
magazine covers showing off its popularity.
Here are members of the US Army's 3rd US
Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard"
during their Twilight Tattoo historical interpretive program wearing our
Overlord model Army paratrooper uniforms. This is the US Army's
premier ceremonial guard stationed in Wash, DC.
They are depicting members of the WWII era 82nd Airborne Division.
Because of the treatment on the canvas the OL model uniform should not be
washed in a washing machine, nor should they be dry cleaned. The only
advisable method to clean these trousers would be to wash by hand and hung dry.
for special deals on Old-Old-Old stock paratrooper suits.