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ATF's M1942 Paratrooper Uniforms:
First and foremost these uniforms are not available from any other source. There are other M1942 Para reproductions, but these particular uniforms are specific to us. Yes, I know there are one or two other vendors who claim that they carry the identical products, but they are mistaken, desperate or possibly just full of crap. How am I so sure? Because I provided the original mint condition uniforms, the base patterns, and we deal directly with the factory. These are positively NOT the uniforms made by Sturm that are sold by Sportsmansguide and dozens of small dealers in the US, Europe and all over ebay. Ours look and fit like originals, we use the best hardware available, and I oversized them slightly so they still fit after you wash and dry them.

In 2009, we sent my unissued original 40R jacket and size 34 trousers to the manufacturer and created an entirely new pattern from what we had used previously. I also have a mint condition 42R and 44R jacket here to compare the size grade. These uniforms fit like the real thing. Besides having the correct fit, which most other copies do not, we used American made zinc plated snaps from Scovil. Zippers are genuine Talon brand. Belt buckles are also U.S. made. So, we do not have the tin snaps and paper thin buckles that fail if you look at them.

Fabric & Color: Yes, we are very certain that our uniforms are the same color as the real ones used in WWII. The 8 oz. 100% cotton twill is the same weight as used on the real WWII uniforms. Yes, some reproductions are made from heavier material (approaching denim) - but we're going by the original, not a copy. The uniforms are slightly long to allow for shrinkage.

Reinforcing: We got it right. The olive drab canvas has 3-4 slightly crooked, stitch rows and the elbow and knee patches are actually in the right locations. (Some reproductions place them on the upper arms and thighs for some mysterious reason.)

  • Reinforced Jump Uniforms

    Reinforced Uniforms in WWII
    During early airborne operations in North Africa and Italy, the M1942 uniform was found to be lacking in several areas, most notably strength. The fabric is relatively thin (originals were not made from denim as some characters assume) and some seams should have had extra material added. The knees and elbows wore out easily, the pockets sometimes blew out due to the opening shock of parachutes and the single stitch in the crotch seam led to an awful lot of "free balling".

    Sometime prior to Overlord, divisional riggers were directed to fix these problems. The riggers of the 82nd and 101st each came up with a similar though not quite identical fix. Heavy olive drab canvas was used to make elbow and knee patches, and reinforce the edges of the cargo pockets. Leg ties were added to the trousers to help compress the bulging hip pockets. Small variations exist in the way they are stitched between the 82nd and 101st, but they are essentially the same. Each paratrooper was to turn in one of his two issue sets for reinforcing prior to the Overlord jumps. Just for fun- the stitching on original reinforcing look like crap- the sewing was done in a hurry, and not by "London tailors". Ours are not sewn as unattractively as the real ones, but just FYI.

    What's "correct"? Either uniform or a mix. Many paras did not receive them back in time for the jump, so some had them, others did not. In other words, either style (Standard, reinforced, or a combination) is correct for the period.

    506th Jackets: Many troopers went further and added extra pockets (both inside and out) to their jackets so they could carry more stuff. Pockets were cut from old uniforms and stitched (often by hand) to the jacket they were going to jump in. We copied one of the more common styles, and added pockets to the upper sleeves. This was not exclusive to the 506th (nor did everyone in the 506th do it)- it was simply an easy way to name it.



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