Why ‘1943’?

It started with a vintage piece Ed dug out from the Rag Parade rails in Sheffield.

The original ‘M1943’ was introduced the year of its name in a dark green colour (the earlier versions were a lighter green). Ours follows suit of the darker shade in a lustrous olive.

We’ve followed the standard version of the army jacket with our pattern rather than religiously sticking to the design of the vintage piece we have – and for good reason… Our old one has optimistic ’gas protection features’ – a flap of material behind the front opening and some buttons at the back neck to attach a protective hood. This model was also impregnated with a “special” solution to resist gas vapours. We didn’t think you’d be wearing your shirt in a chemical warfare environment so we left all this stuff out!

It’s in the details

8oz 100% cotton herringbone twill (unlined)

Two large buttoned half bellow chest pockets

Double button style cuff fastenings

Cuban style collar and lapel

British-made Corozo plastic-free buttons made from nuts in the Cotswolds

Hanger loop in the neck

Run and fell shoulder, arm and side seams

It’s a great summer weight and, like denim, it will fade beautifully with wear and washing.

The zig-zag weave, like the bones of a herring, has a fantastic texture and will become more visible as your jacket ages. It’s had a rinse wash to max its softness and make the pattern more visible from the get go. It also means there won’t be any further wash shrinkage if you follow our care notes.

Origins of the 1943

Amelia made the pattern from an original US Army piece in our vintage archive. Ed’s been wearing his for a few years as a summer overshirt. This was the US Army jacket of WW2. Herringbone twill was a softer, more practical replacement for the rougher denim that had been used previously. It was a rugged cloth that met the demands of action while also being comfortable to wear – two qualities that align with the requirements of a HebTroCo version. Longevity and wearability – check!

The 1943 jacket is made for us to our pattern in London from a fantastic 8oz 100% cotton Herringbone Twill cloth, woven at the Kindermann Mill in Germany. We’ve used this same cloth for our Railway Jacket, Fatigue Shorts and our Cargo Pants.

Care Guide

Wash gently. No spin. Line dry.

Sizing Guide

The 1943 Jacket is sized like a shirt rather than an overshirt.

In the photos Ed wears Medium. He’s 5’8″ and weighs 10.5 stone.

Any questions at all please email us and we’ll do our best to guide you.

  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE S M L XL 2XL
Pit to Pit (A) 22.05 23.03 24.51 25.98 27.46
Back Length (B) 29.13 29.53 30.12 30.71 31.30
Sleeve Length (C) 23.23 23.43 23.72 24.02 24.31
SIZE S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Pit to Pit (A) 56 58.5 62.25 66 69.75
Back Length (B) 74 75 76.5 78 79.5
Sleeve Length (C) 59 59.5 60.25 61 61.75
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE S M L XL 2XL
Pit to Pit (A) 22.05 23.03 24.51 25.98 27.46
Back Length (B) 29.13 29.53 30.12 30.71 31.30
Sleeve Length (C) 23.23 23.43 23.72 24.02 24.31
SIZE S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Pit to Pit (A) 56 58.5 62.25 66 69.75
Back Length (B) 74 75 76.5 78 79.5
Sleeve Length (C) 59 59.5 60.25 61 61.75

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