First produced in 1941 and designated a 'Jacket Winter Combat' it was part of a suit, the other half being wool lined dungaree style trousers and helmet, it was intended for issue to all of the armed forces in colder climates, though in actuality few saw front line service with infantry. Because of compact, practical design which allowed for a great range of movement it was highly favoured by the armoured devisions of the army, especially the tank crews who had to work in close, confined conditions for extended periods of time, this is where the jacket took in nickname from. Not that it diversity stopped there, large quantities were requisitioned by the Air Force for use in the Lockheed P-38 which had a notoriously uninsulated cramped cockpits.
This reproduction by Buzz Rickson is of the rarer 1st pattern version with two front patch pockets, which we think has more of a style to it opposed to the more common slash pocket version. The jacket shape is comfortable to wear with a pleated back allowing for ease of movement.
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