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 Post subject: Jackets in the ETO
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 19:04 pm 
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Hi all,
I've been doing a bit of research into op. Dragoon for a possible engineering impression.
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Was there a period where tankers jackets replaced the M41 (as it was a winter jacket) before the M43 came in as I have found a lot of photos of engineers from Dragoon onward wearing either just a shirt (it was the med after all) or tankers jackets?


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 Post subject: Re: Jackets in the ETO
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 21:03 pm 
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M41s and Tankers were around at exactly the same time. Many GIs "lost" their M41s or wore them out and replaced them with bribed stolen or purloined Tankers jackets.
Tankers jackets never REPLACED the M41...the M43 did that

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 Post subject: Re: Jackets in the ETO
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:10 am 
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also keep in mind tankers were widely issued during winter 1943-44 in Italy as cold weather garments to combat / combat support troops. That said, I don't think in August, 1944 (you speak about a Dragoon impression) many soldiers would wear Winter Combat Jackets (that's the correct name for "tankers").

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 Post subject: Re: Jackets in the ETO
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 14:06 pm 
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Thanks.
When I said replace I kind of meant there was suddenly a load of winter jackets available in August compared to 41s and so they were issued instead.
As a lot of those that fought at dragoon and onwards up through the South had been through Italy I'd assume they'd have had a stock of these from then.


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