The Field Coat from Operation Market Garden
Though the operation went down as Field Marshal Montgomery's greatest misstep, one victory did emerge. The unquestioned proof of the Army's latest uniform addition - the field coat. The coat had foes. Gen. Omar Bradley stalled the introduction (the wool great coat was more to his liking) but the paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd airborne divisions, newly refitted with the field coat, ended all debate. Surrounded for up to 9 days as they held the bridges, Monty's tank corps was supposed to cross to flank the German army, the Screaming Eagles and All Americans had little more than the clothes on their backs for protection. Good thing it was a field coat: pockets for K-rations and ammo aplenty. Room for lying down as the action heated up or the cold night fell. 3" longer at the waist to shut out updrafts. No, this field coat isn't an exact reproduction. It's a refinement of the concept Bradley grudgingly came to accept. All in heroically durable yet prewashed soft 11.5-oz Fire Hose cotton canvas.