WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

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WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by Scratch » Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:18 am

Looking for an inexpensive repro uniform and helmet. Nothing fancy or super accurate, just something to wear besides clothes from Target during summer parades. Looking for pants, T-shirt, maybe a long sleeve shirt, cap and helmet. Nothing real warm, this is for the summer. Thought I'd check here before I went to Amazon or Ebay.

Or if you know of a good place to find them online, let me know please.

shirt size XL
Pants size 36W 32L

Price shipped to 54016
'43 GPW 93487 Black
'44 GPW 230283 OD Green
'46 CJ2A 77632 White
'47 CJ2A 141681 Green
'48 CJ2A 156240 Red/Yellow
'48 CJ2A 181341 Red
'61 CJ5 123120 Tan
'76 CJ7 Camo
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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by Falldownjaeger » Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:55 pm

Axis or Allies?
German, Brit, ANZAC, Italian, USA, Canadian, Russian, Romanian, French, Indian (gas station not casino)?

If GI, just look for a set of HBTs and a late war configuration M-1 Helmet.
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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by Scratch » Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:50 pm

Falldownjaeger wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:55 pm
Axis or Allies?
German, Brit, ANZAC, Italian, USA, Canadian, Russian, Romanian, French, Indian (gas station not casino)?

If GI, just look for a set of HBTs and a late war configuration M-1 Helmet.
USA. What are HBT's?
'43 GPW 93487 Black
'44 GPW 230283 OD Green
'46 CJ2A 77632 White
'47 CJ2A 141681 Green
'48 CJ2A 156240 Red/Yellow
'48 CJ2A 181341 Red
'61 CJ5 123120 Tan
'76 CJ7 Camo
'03 TJ Inca Gold

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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by Falldownjaeger » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm

HBT is Herring Bone Twill fabric, also slang for the OD HBT fatigue/work uniform issued to GIs in WWII, often worn as combat uniform instead of, even over the wool service trousers and shirt. There are 3 or 4 different cuts/versions of the HBTs all issued as what was available to the supply system, ATF has details on each variant and approximate dates of issue
At The Front is one of the best, made as close to the original specs as possible:
https://www.atthefront.com/category-s/81.htm
Mid to Late War Dark OD shade 2 piece set $119:
https://www.atthefront.com/product-p/uspkgdshbt.htm
ATF is down to only Size 7 HBT Field Caps

What Price Glory is also highly regarded, more economical products, although they appear to be out of the HBT Trousers so you might wait until they get restocked then order both parts for best chance of a decent match: and they offer a package deal of shirt, pants and field cap for $125 when in stock
https://onlinemilitaria.net/products/80 ... T-Jackets/
https://onlinemilitaria.net/products/81 ... -Trousers/
https://onlinemilitaria.net/products/84-US-HBT-Caps/

I assume you just want something to throw on for wear driving your GPW?
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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by Scratch » Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:20 am

Falldownjaeger wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm


I assume you just want something to throw on for wear driving your GPW?
Thanks.
Yes, I just think it would feel funny driving it in a parade wearing athletic shorts and some screen printed t shirt from Target. Probably don't need the helmet but a cap would be nice.
'43 GPW 93487 Black
'44 GPW 230283 OD Green
'46 CJ2A 77632 White
'47 CJ2A 141681 Green
'48 CJ2A 156240 Red/Yellow
'48 CJ2A 181341 Red
'61 CJ5 123120 Tan
'76 CJ7 Camo
'03 TJ Inca Gold

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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by GPW1263 » Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:14 am

Not one thing wrong with wearing civvies...

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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by Steve Webb » Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:51 pm

Might fit the bill

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product ... ?a=1595469

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product ... n?a=131554

A Danish helmet is a close copy of the M-1 helmet and French 2 buckle boots close to US 2 buckle just for what you want to do.
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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by John Neuenburg » Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:09 pm

HBTs are a great choice for an OD colored look to go with a US or Korean war period jeep. Cotton, shirt/jacket is worn outside the trousers. Baseball type cap is practical. Use russet brown smooth leather ankle boots or rough-out suede brown ankle boots. Repros available. Canvas leggings if you want.

Another option is khaki (tan) cotton slacks and long sleeve shirt. It is possible to simulate real early WW2 uniforms using modern civilian garments but might as well buy repro uniforms from one of these vendors to get the right looking pockets, buttons, shade of tan, etc. The cotton khaki uniforms were not used as a field uniform after early 1942 but were used as warm climate Class B rear area uniforms when the HBT fatigues were not appropriate. US Army, USAAF, Navy, and USMC used these. This is a good look if one wants to put a military vehicle club or MVPA patch on the left sleeve.

Yes, civvies are fine. A combination for parades and MV events could be the M.A.S.H. TV show look with HBT or cotton OD trousers and GI boots with a Hawaiian shirt!
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Re: WTB: WWII uniform and helmet

Post by DWesol » Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:14 pm

For value priced items, What Price Glory seems like your best choice. WW II HBT Mechanics Coveralls are versatile for Wisconsin weather. As is a wool lined Tanker Jacket. But the coveralls are not in stock at WPG.

Some other options. More expensive. But sometimes the adage of Buy cheap, buy twice, comes to mind.

https://www.smwholesaleusa.com/shop-us

https://www.wwiiimpressions.com/pages/u ... d-uniforms
1942 GPW 55791 DOD 8-12-42 USA # 20144366 (Original)
1945 Bantam T 3 61613 DOD 2-16-45 USA # 0824672 (Estimated)
1943 Bantam T 3 21392 DOD 6-21-43 USA # 0270225 (Original)
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