Military Fashion during World War II- in pictures

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Many clothes considered trendy today like the trench coats, bomber jackets, chino pants, and aviator glasses all originate from WWII military clothing. Of course, back then, these weren’t a fashion statement and were introduced because it was a necessity. The soldiers and military officers needed battle efficient clothes. Hence military fashion during World War II saw a lot of comfortable yet stylish fashion trends comings in.

Let us explore Military Fashion during World War II- in pictures

1) Below pictured is 19-year-old Soviet sniper Roza Shanina. She is seen donning the camouflage smock.

A picture of Roza Shanina-Military Fashion during World War II
Roza Shanina

2) Trench coats were in vogue. Moreover, they were an integral part of military fashion during World War II. Below pictured is King Leopold III of Belgium donning the trench coat.

A picture of King Leopold wearing the Trench coat-Military Fashion during World War II
King Leopold wearing the Trench coat

3) A girl pictured wearing the Schutzstaffel(SS) uniform. The SS were a paramilitary group which was responsible for many atrocities during Hitler‘s rule.

A picture of a girl wearing the The Schutzstaffel(SS) uniform
The Schutzstaffel(SS) uniform

4) Pictured are two Nazi officers donning black Hugo Boss suits. Such style was very popular among officials back in Nazi Germany.

A picture of Nazi officers donning black Hugo Boss suits-Military Fashion during World War II
Nazi officers donning black Hugo Boss suits

5) Bomber jackets or flight jackets were an integral part of military fashion during World War II. Richard Byrd is wearing the sheepskin flight jacket, which kept the pilots warm in the aircraft.

A picture of Richard Byrd wearing the sheepskin flight jacket-Military Fashion during World War II
Richard Byrd wearing the sheepskin flight jacket

6) Below is the Eisenhower jacket, which was developed by the U.S. Army towards the end of the war. The British Battledress inspired the design for this jacket.

A picture of the Eisenhower jacket
The Eisenhower jacket

7) Military personnel often got creative with their clothes. Below pictured is a creative design on a bomber jacket.

A picture of a creative design on a bomber jacket-Military Fashion during World War II
A creative design on a bomber jacket

8) Pictured is the female service dress worn by the Women’s Army Corps(WAC). The women are wearing the Olive Drab 33 shade. The women’s military fashion during World War II went through many changes.

A picture of women's Army Corps wearing the female military service dress, Randolph Field,1944.
Women’s Army Corps wearing the female military service dress, Randolph Field,1944.

9) Who isn’t familiar with the famed combat boots? Modern combat boots were introduced by the U.S. Army during World War II and were a part of the M-1943 Uniform Ensemble. They were officially called ‘Boots, Combat Service’.

A picture of Combat Boots
Combat Boots

10) Summer uniforms for the male officers were made out of cotton khaki and were similar to those of enlisted men. The only difference being that the shirt had shoulder straps added in. Pictured is Audie Murphy, an American soldier, wearing the U.S. Army summer service khaki uniform.

A picture of Audie Murphy, an American soldier-Military Fashion during World War II
Audie Murphy, an American soldier

11) The winter military uniform was nicknamed ‘greens’ due to the coat being a combination of olive drab shades. The military personnel often paired up their coat with a trouser with a contrasting pale taupe. This led the uniform combination to be nicknamed as ‘pinks and greens’. Below pictured are WW II U.S. Airforce officers wearing ‘pinks and greens’.

A picture of WW II U.S. Airforce officers wearing 'pinks and greens'
WW II U.S. Airforce officers wearing ‘pinks and greens’

12) The Type A-2 leather flight jacket or the ‘jacket, pilots'(summer)’ is an American military flight jacket which was a popular military fashion piece during World War II.

A picture of the Type A-2 leather flight jacket-Military Fashion during World War II
The Type A-2 leather flight jacket

13) Beppo Schmid, a Luftwaffe intelligence officer is wearing a leather trench coat.

A picture of Beppo Schmid wearing a leather trench coat-Military Fashion during World War II
Beppo Schmid wearing a leather trench coat

14) Air Chief Marshal Keith Park helped secure victory in the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Malta. Here he is wearing a flight suit.

A picture of Air Chief Marshal Keith Park wearing a flight suit
Air Chief Marshal Keith Park wearing a flight suit

15) A woman pictured wearing a floater coat. These coats could provide floatation for up to 3 days.

A picture of A woman wearing a floater coat (C: HERBERT GEHR/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES)
A woman wearing a floater coat (C: HERBERT GEHR/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES)

16) A woman pictured wearing a decontamination suit.

A picture of a woman pictured wearing a decontamination suit.-Military Fashion during World War II
A woman pictured wearing a decontamination suit. (C: HERBERT GEHR/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES)

17) A female service officer wearing the Red Cross Motor Corps uniform.

A picture of a woman wearing the Red Cross Motor Corps uniform
The Red Cross Motor Corps uniform (C: HERBERT GEHR/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES)

18) The military fashion during World War II showcased in the women’s U.S. Navy uniforms.

A picture of The women's U.S. Navy uniforms during World War II (IMAGE: HERBERT GEHR/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES)Military Fashion during World War II
The women’s U.S. Navy uniforms during World War II (IMAGE: HERBERT GEHR/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES)

19) Below pictured is the Military Fashion during World War II for the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

A picture of U.S. Navy Nurse Corps uniform
U.S. Navy Nurse Corps

20) Below pictured are military personnel wearing the British Battledress a.k.a the No.5 Uniform. It was worn by the British Commonwealth and Imperial forces and many Free European Forces during the Second World War.

A picture of Military personnel wearing the British Battledress
Military personnel wearing the British Battledress

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