The Jungle Uniform based on the WW2 Para uniform, was a rare example of Army and Marine clothing that combined functional practicality with comfort and attractive design. It is a quick drying coat and trousers made of tightly woven, rip-stop or twill cotton poplin fabric. It provided good protection against the sun, insects, and other tropical hazards. The loosely fitted garments provide ventilation and moisture dissipation. The coat is worn outside of the trousers and the trousers are bloused into the boots. Jacket sleeves are rolled up or cut off.
Utility Fatigue Shirt
The shirt was a cotton sateen dyed in olive drab army shade 107. Used early on it had two straight chest pockets and exposed buttons on all closures. This shirt was supposed to be worn tucked into the trousers.
Tropical Jungle Jackets
The Jungle Jacket is an all cotton wind-resistant poplin or Rip-Stop cotton fabric, dyed olive green army shade 107. It has two chest bellows pockets and two lower bellows pockets.
There are three standard patterns
1st Pattern: Manufactured from Poplin it had exposed buttons on angled pockets, jacket closure, shoulder loops, gas flap and side adjustment tabs. Sleeves had adjustable cuffs to allow them to be rolled up. Each pocket has drainage eyelets at the bottom.
2nd Pattern: Manufactured from Poplin it had concealed buttons on the angled pockets and jacket closure. And had the shoulder loops, gas flap, side tabs, adjustable cuffs and drainage eyelets on the pockets.
3rd Pattern: Manufactured in Poplin or Rip-Stop it had concealed buttons on angled pockets and jacket closure. However it had no shoulder loops, side tabs or gas flap.
1st and 2nd Patterns will be the hardest of the Jungle Jackets to find. There are also some ‘intermediate’ type jackets which are essentially 3rd pattern but with 2nd pattern fittings. It is not known whether there are any reasons or reference to these although examples can be found. There are many 3rd Patterns around in all sizes so this is your best option for reenactment.
The jacket is cool and comfortable and makes a great casual jacket. Accuracy is important for the Reenactors, care should be taken to get it right.