Hello all, it’s been a while since last I did this, please see a view of my ww2 uniforms blog which should hopefully show a interesting view of different uniforms made fir servicemen in ww2. From an Australian made battle blouse to combat gear.
the first uniform depicted ( left to right) is the standard uniform for the US Army armored division’s and battalions in Normandy France in June/July of 1944. In this picture, the uniform is a representation of a private in the 82nd reconnaissance battalion c company of the 2nd armored division ( Hell on Wheels). I am wearing the standard infantry m1 helmet which with a British made “ fishing net” and scrim for camouflage. The helmet was made of steel and held in place with a plastic liner underneath for added comfort and adjustments. I am wearing the wool 1937 pattern shirt as well as the winter combat jacket better known as the “ tanker jacket” which was commonly issued to tankers/ armored division personnel as the hip length jacket adds warmth and comfort as well as mobility and was a favorite for all army personnel to get their hands on in the ETO. Below I am wearing the wool trousers which were standard issue for army personnel as well as 1938 leggings and low boots which were to act as compression and keep dirt out. The gear itself would be standard for recon personnel as they tended to travel light and fast due to their objective of seeking the enemy first. I am wearing the 1936 suspenders and pistol belt web gear which holds a canteen and cup, medical pouch, ammunition pouch, flashlight and foldable shovel. I am also wearing a bandolier for added ammunition as the pouches generally held only 2 magazines plus what you already carried weapon wise. I am carrying the m1 carbine which was a favorite among the troops in all theaters due to the fact that it was lightweight and held 15 rounds of intermediate carbine rounds. I also carry a knife in my leggings.
up next is the standard navy blues that were worn during informal events while still needing to look neat. The jumpers ( top) as they were known as were short yet fitting and sleeves were shortened at the discretion of the individual. I am also wearing the iconic bell bottom trousers which are held in place with a 13 button flap as no belts were used. I am also wearing a “ Dixie” cap which is the iconic sailor cap that is still in use today. This dress down uniform I am wearing belonged to a PT boat veteran and most of the time those men had hearted uniform liberties then most sailors. This uniform is standard for all navy personnel and minor variation is the exception as most navy uniforms were cookie cutter.
the next uniform is the standard servicemen uniform fir the army until 1945. The longer coat being replaced by the shorter hip length “ Ike” style at that time. The service jacket had limited mobility and pleats were added for greater movement in mid 1942/43. The standard servicemen cap aka overseas cap was issued and all army branches tended to put their own trim to signal what branch they belonged to. In this case the cap with blue trim signifies infantry. I wear the typical glasses issued to soldiers during the war known as p37s aka Shurons. The shirt and pants are standard wool and used in both combat and dress. I also wear the standard combat low boots which increasingly were replaced at the end of the war for combat into a dress uniform roll in favor of double buckle combat boots.
finalky the last uniform depicted is a Australian battle blouse that was issued to American personnel in lieu of the 4 pocket dress uniform as early supplies for American troops stationed in Australia was limited early in ww2. The blouse is made of a very thin wool and has great movement in the arms. One could even tuck in the blouse to his pants for a added flair as well as customize the uniform within army limits. I am wearing sunglasses as well which was allowed on weekend passes into towns like Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to name a few