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WWII U.S. Army Mountain Jacket
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Officially, termed the "Jacket, Mountain" by the Army, the jacket was developed for use by the only two units that were specifically intended to fight in arctic or mountain terrain: the First Special Service Force and the 10th Mountain Division. The garment is a parka style jacket, longer in length than other Army jackets, with an integral hood that can be stored in a pocket at the back of the neck when not in use. The front has an almost full length "Talon" zipper closure and four flap pockets. The two upper pockets have "Conmar" zippers to close them while the bottom pockets have button closures. A storm flap covers the front zipper and extends to the collar, and it can be closed across the throat. The sleeves have adjustment straps which attach to one of two buttons on the cuffs. The back is a "bellows" style that has a large storage space in the back, closed with a with a long "Talon" zipper on the left side, the pocket being intended to hold rations and other supplies when no pack was carried, such as in combat conditions. The jacket also had the unique feature of internal suspender straps that be adjusted to shift the load of the pockets and back pouch to the shoulders. The outside of the jacket, at the waist, has a sleeve around the waist through standard web trouser belt to be inserted (the Army Field Jacket would use a drawstring). The jacket shows expected signs of age and light use. A close examination shows a few tiny holes in the shell of the jacket, likely caused by contact with equipment, but these are quite inconspicuous and not at all distracting. There is no indication of size within the jacket, but it is easily a "Medium" and perhaps even a "Large". All of the zippers function quite smoothly. Overall the jacket is in excellent field used condition.