UNISSUED M-1948 O.D FISHTAIL PARKA WITH ALPACA WOOL LINER AND TRIGGER FINGER MITTENS SHELLS

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

Well-Known Member
Gents,

Today’s example is not a flight jacket itself, rather it is an extremely rare and unissued M-1948 fishtail parka complete with the even rarer alpaca wool liner and trigger finger mittens.

After World War II, the Army developed a combat ensemble that provided the flexibility of a coat and better layering under extremely cold conditions; the Parka-Shell, Cotton, Olive Drab, M-1948, and Parka-Liner, Pile, M-1948.

There was no expense spared making this model. The finest materials were used in order to combat the severe Korean winters.

The parka-shell was made of wind-resistant cotton sateen in Olive Drab shade 7 and featured a snap-and-slide fastener closure, using a heavy duty TALON zipper, slit front pockets, an arm pocket on the upper left sleeve for pencils and cigarettes and a OD wool lined hood trimmed with coyote fur. The hooded parka liner was constructed of alpaca wool and composed of wool-pile cloth in Olive Drab shade 30A. Each liner also has a chest pocket which is unique to the M-1948.

This parkas are massive and extremely high quality, which is the reason they were only produced for a year, and in very limited numbers.

Say no more guys, enjoy the pics!

Regards,
Jorge
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taiAtari

New Member
Wonderful as always, but I think you've got the liner buttoned in wrong. The pile should probably be against the shell and the smooth side towards your body. This way it's easier to put on and move in and probably just as, if not more, effective for heat retention too (isolation layer). The pocket also indicates this, as it wouldn't make sense if you can't access it.
 

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

Well-Known Member
Wonderful as always, but I think you've got the liner buttoned in wrong. The pile should probably be against the shell and the smooth side towards your body. This way it's easier to put on and move in and probably just as, if not more, effective for heat retention too (isolation layer). The pocket also indicates this, as it wouldn't make sense if you can't access it.
Thanks @taiAtari True!! Makes totally sense!! I was looking like crazy period pics, but it was unsuccessful.
 
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