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US infantry uniform in Normandy

Discussion in 'American WWII Uniforms and Equipment' started by Sven De Braekeleir, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Sven De Braekeleir

    Sven De Braekeleir New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm doing some research for a project.
    Can anyone help me with some information on what the bulk of the US infantry (not airborne or rangers etc) would have been wearing during the landings, and in the months after (prior to the Bulge, so second half of 1944).
    I have been looking around and see a lot of different colour in trousers and jacket.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. KodiakBeer

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    In Europe, two colors, light Olive Drab (OD3) and Medium Olive Drab (OD7) were both issued. OD3 was a sort of dark khaki or taupe, and OD7 was a dull green color. A soldier might get pants of one color and a jacket of another. The combat uniform officially changed in 1943 to a uniform OD7 (green) but supply never really caught up and they were still wearing mixed colors until the end of the war. A light khaki was issued in tropical areas when available.

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    Leggings early then double buckle by time of the Bulge.
     
  4. Sven De Braekeleir

    Sven De Braekeleir New Member

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    Thanks already for this. So the jacket that was issued before the the 1943 variant was the M1941 pattern, correct?
    And does anyone have a similar image as the one above for the pants? What pattern and color were they?
    Where the M43 experiencing the same issue with supply as the jackets? If so, what pattern was most common then?
    I'm just trying to get a feel for what the majority of infantry troops would have been wearing, rather than what the exception was.
    Thanks for this already, much appreciated
     
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    The trousers were wool, in color OD3 or OD7 depending on luck of the draw. That sounds weird today with all the synthetic materials, but wool is a very tough material and has the additional advantage of holding heat when wet. I suspect there was a heavy winter and lighter summer wool trouser, but I don't know much about that.

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    What did the tens of thousands of sailors in the Normandy area wear? Army issue or Marine Corps issue?
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    What about these trousers? They clearly look darker, more brown than OD3

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    I don't know. Maybe wool takes a darker hue than cotton, or maybe they just weren't very picky in the wartime emergency and would take any approximate color? There seem to be several trouser hues in that group, some dark, some light.

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