The M-65 field coat was first issued to the U.S. Armed Services in 1965 as a replacement for the M-51 field coat. The M-65 represented the culmination of field coat design, drawing on the technological developments of the M-43 and M-51 field coats used in WWII and Korea. The M-65 also used the covered zipper and snap front closure from the M-51 that allowed soldiers to crawl on their stomachs without the jacket opening and snagging on obstacles.
Alpha Industries is an American clothing manufacturer founded 1959 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Initially a contractor to the United States military, it is fair to say they know a thing or two about military garb.
This is a vintage US Army M-65 jacket with an aluminium Scovill front zipper. The label dates this jacket to 1970, Vietnam era, and the manufacturer was Alpha Industries, Inc. Made in the USA, this is an iconic field jacket.
Used and overall in good vintage condition with general signs of wear, abrasion, and discolouration throughout with some light marks. There is some fraying/ small holes to the collar. Freshly laundered and ready for its new owner.
All my vintage listings unless otherwise stated are true vintage and have been worn before, therefore they will typically show signs of wear, which is all part of the vintage look and appeal.
COLOUR: Olive Green OG-107
SIZE: Small Short with a 40in full external chest measurement (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: 100% Cotton Sateen
- Scovill aluminium zip front
- Popper front storm flap
- Roll-up hood with Scovill zip
- Waist and hem drawcords
- Cotton lining
- Velcro cuffs to cover gloves, keeping the elements out
- 2 chest bellow popper flap entry pockets
- 2 lower popper flap entry pockets
- Velcro throat tab
- Shoulder epaulettes
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE: Please DO NOT solely rely on the listed size for your correct fit. Designers often use different measurements for sizes depending on the overall look they desire, so sizes can not only vary brand to brand but also within the same brand. Also, for vintage and pre-worn items the shape may have changed after years of being worn. The best way to ensure your correct fit is to compare the measurements listed to a similar item that fits you well.
EXTERNAL MEASUREMENTS: Please check against a similar garment of your own that fits you well, measuring flat and fully zipped or buttoned up (if applicable) on a flat surface:
A - CHEST - armpit to armpit (double for full chest): 20in (51cm)
B - SLEEVE - shoulder seam to cuff end: 23.5in (59.5cm)
C - SHOULDER - distance between shoulder seams straight across at the back: 18.5in (47cm)
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 29in (73.5cm)
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