The experience gained at the Tarawa campaign changed the design of the Marine combat uniform.
In March 1944, the P-44 set was officially released. The feature of this uniform is to carry the necessary combat equipment as much as possible, so there are more pockets for the P-44, and it also becomes structurally complicated. There were large pockets on each side of the front placket of the jacket, the left breast has a rectangular pocket with a pocket cover, and the words USMC printed on it. There is a button under the collar to facilitate the installation of a gas masks hood if necessary. Its cuff has a metal button and two buttonholes to tighten the cuff. Its color of P-44 is darker and more profound than P41.
Compared to P-41, there is no doubt that the P-44 is excellent and advanced in design. However, due to the late release, P-44 was not widely used. It was not until 1945 that the battle of Iwo Jima was deployed in small Numbers, many marines wore their old P-41 uniforms until the end of World War II.
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Another great jacket, brilliant, material & colour
Fit is great. Hope it doesn’t shrink when washed
Great retro military piece! Fast shipping. I couldn’t be more pleased.
When ordering, consider ordering a size larger than what you think you need. I ordered (2) of these, the first one was too small and I gave it to a friend. She was excited to see that it "EXACTLY" matched the USMC P-44 her father was wearing in a photo taken during the Korean War.
I reordered, got one size larger, and while it now fits, it is still slightly snug to button.
Regardless, the workmanship and quality of the herringbone material is truly outstanding, and it appears to be an "exact" reproduction of the P-44 USMC utility blouse. As an aging Marine Veteran, I could not be happier with this purchase and recommend it to anyone interested in Marine Corps uniforms from the early 1950s.
Really pleased, good fit and quality fabric with some nice detailing. I noted the stitching colour is not the same as the original which is a yellow coloured stitch. Overall really nice though