PLAN NEW TYPE OF FIELD JACKET FOR ETO MEN

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PLAN NEW TYPE OF FIELD JACKET FOR ETO MEN

Army Orders 4,600,000, Forces 6 Manufacturers To Accept Contract

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26th infantry regiment ike field jacket

The “Field Jacket, Olive-Drab, Wool. Known as the “Ike” jacket. This Ike jacket was worn by a soldier of the 1st Division’s 26th Infantry Regiment.

WASHINGTON, July 24, 1944—A rarely used section of the Selective Service Act has been invoked to force six reluctant clothing manufacturers to produce 152,090 field jackets for troops in Britain and France, Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson disclosed today.

Patterson said the order was issued after the “six concerns had refused to accept their fair share of the urgently needed jackets, totally 4,600,000.” The remainder of the requirement was voluntarily contracted for by 86 other manufacturers.

The garments are of a new design requested by Gen. Eisenhower, Patterson said. The buttons are concealed or covered so that they cannot be torn off by brush. Extra room is provided in the sleeves.

Some American troops in France already have been issued Canadian-type battle jackets for fighting to supplement the U.S. jacket, which has been found impractical, Patterson said.



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