Thursday, August 16, 2018

WWII USMC Reproduction Guide: Part 1 Uniforms

Here is a list of approved dealers and products for purchasing reproduction WWII USMC Uniforms. This list has been compiled by fellow WWII USMC living historians and reenactors who strive for top quality in their kit. Part 2 will be field gear.


P41 Coats/Trousers Utility: The P41 Marine uniform was the standard combat uniform for most of WWII.

  • WWII Impressions
  • SM Wholesale
  • Undershirts: White T-shirt that was worm under the utility, khaki and wool shirt. White athletic T-shirts of the 1940s were cut different from modern T-shirts, most notably the sleeves and the collar. Caveat! Man the Line doesn't have the best Customer Service on their website, I suggest ordering from their shirt from their eBay page for protection.

  • ATF White
  • ATF Green
  • Man The Line
  • Drawers:

  • Leggings: Its suggested that original leggings should be sourced for your impression.

  • WWII Impressions
  • ATF
  • Socks: The closest to WWII style USMC socks on the market.

  • Eastman Leather
  • Boots/Boondockers:

  • ATF
  • SMW
  • WWII Impressions
  • Service Tags: The Marines, Navy and Coast Guard used a different shaped service “Dog Tag” that was different from the Army service tag.

  • USMC WWII Dogtags
  • Summer Service Uniform / Khakis: Shirts, trousers and Scarfs (neck Ties) can be sourced from this link.

  • WWII Impressions
  • Trouser Belt: Unfortunately, the WWII era USMC belt buckle is not being produced, an original will need to be sourced.

  • ATF
  • Caps, utility: The Marines used the army cap for the first half of the war, in 1944 the USMC switched over to their own branch specific cover with the EGA on the front.

  • ATF Army
  • WWII Impressions Army
  • WWII Impressions USMC
  • Field Jacket (M41) For the later colder campaigns, such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the Marines used the army field jacket.

  • ATF
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    WWII Developing the Fire Team (1946 Marine Gazette Article)

    A must read on the development of the Marine Fire Squad as used by the Marines post 1943. Every WWII reenactor group should know this information.

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    WWII Marine Low Quarter Shoes Service Dress Cordovan

    Great reference photos of the difficult to locate USMC 1940s Low quarter shoes for use with the Winter Service uniform.

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    WWII Japanese Morale phamplet Booklet FMF USMC 1945 Japanese Battle Techniques

    Having read many official pamphlets and booklets on the Japanese Army published during WWII, many tend to fall into the propaganda category in tone. So it was rather eyeopening when I acquired this booklet "Japanese Morale" which discussed the Japanese Army combat culture in a frank and honest way that truly educates. Japanese Morale was written in 1944 and published into a booklet in 1945 and made to passed around to Marines. I study Japanese culture outside of WWII and the writer truly captures Japanese culture in a plain sense and explains the "why" their combat culture without resorting to stereotypes and misinterpretation. The writer certainly had an educated insightful knowledge on the country of Japan and it's people that I don't normally see in pamphlets written during WWII. WWII PTO reenactors and living historians should definitely read this one to gain a better understanding of the Japanese Army in WWII.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    1930s Navy Corpsman Dress Whites Jumper 4th Marines China Marines

    The tough part of being a collector is having to pick and choose what you want to collect then sticking with it. One finds out quickly that one can't collect everything and this auction was one of those times. I've been looking for a good 30's Dress white Navy jumper for awhile now, being a fan of The Sandpebbles and all. This beauty appeared and when I ran the name turned out to be a Corpsman stationed in China with the 4th Marines. It seriously doesn't get better than that, truly an end all be all uniform! But unfortunately the price was rightly a little stiff and the uniform is somewhat out of my collection focus, luckily a fried of mine exclusively collects Navy Corpsman items and quickly purchased it. Seriously one of the most beautiful Navy uniforms I have ever seen with a 1930s China Marine connection. It definitely went to a good home.

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    WWII Navy USCG Jumper Rack Amphibious Forces

    I haven't been posting most of this year due to other obligations but things are slowly getting back to normal. One project Ive been working on is getting all my uniforms IDed, tagged and racked. Here's a look at my Iwo Jima vets navy rack with a couple of Great War and Coast Guard uniforms added on. I'm really proud of the Iwo Vet Navy Collection I've been able to assemble uniforms covering sailors from Battleships, Destroyers, LCI's, Attack Transports APA, LST's etc. Without these brave sailors there would have been no assault landings at Iwo, Okinawa, Normandy etc. I believe a Marine or Army uniforms collection isn't complete without at least one uniform from a sailor who helped them with their landings. I plan to post these individually at a later date.

    WWII Era USMC Marine Wallet Bill Fold

    Awesome Marine specific personal item, a leather wallet with a prominent EGA on the front and Marines initials on the back. A fantastic item!