The fishtail parka was first used by the United States Army in 1950 during the Korean War. Designed primarily for infantry, they were oversized as they were designed to be worn over battle dress and other layers. The 4 main styles: the EX-48, M-48, M-51 and the M-65. The M stands for military and the number for the year it was standardised. The name fishtail comes from the fish tail extension at the back that could be folded up.
This is a Vintage US Army Reworked M-65 Fishtail Parka with a heavy brass front zipper. It has been reworked by Darned Fine Studio based in Ouseburn, Newcastle. It features a mixture of canvas and cotton patch repairs as well as an additional original M-1951 pocket on the left arm (as worn) and a MOD inspired target on the back. The jacket also comes with a detachable fishtail parka hood The internal label dates this to 1973 and was manufactured by Wynn Industries Inc. This jacket also has a detachable quilted liner. Made in the USA.
All our 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.
SIZE: S with a 54in full external chest measurement this is very oversized and could easily fit M and possibly L - depending how loose you like to wear (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: 80% Cotton 20% Nylon Shell. Liner; 100% Polyester Batting, 100% Nylon Outer Covering.
- Brass zip front with fabric puller
- Popper front storm flap
- Fishtail rear hem
- Waist and hem drawcords
- Darned Fine re-work
- Additional arm pocket
- Detachable cold weather hood
- Button part elasticated cuffs
- 2 lower popper flap entry pockets
- Button detachable quilted liner
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): 27in (68.5cm)
B - SLEEVE - shoulder seam to cuff end: 25in (63.5cm)
C - SHOULDER - distance between shoulder seams straight across at the back: 23.5in (59.5cm)
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 41in (104cm)
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