This is the M-1951 fishtail parka 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. Also known as the M-51, 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 designed to be tied around the soldier's legs for extra insulation and could also be folded up and popper secured.
This is a 2nd generation M-51 parka made in the lighter weight cotton cloth and has the manufacturing date 1952 printed inside the hood. The parka has a button detachable wool cotton liner and a heavy duty Crown aluminum front zipper. Made in the USA.
Used and in good vintage condition for being 70 years old, with general signs of wear and a great well washed worn look. The back hem area has some fraying/ holes and there are some small marks to the inner hood and to the right (as worn) lower arm area, as well as some marks and tiny holes to the lining hem. The rear armhole seams have small sections that have burst in the same position at each side but the seams and stitching are still sound. Steamed and ready for a 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
SIZE: Medium with a 56in full external chest measurement this is very oversized and could easily fit size L or bigger - 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: Outer Shell: 100% Cotton; Liner: Wool Cotton with synthetic ripstop face. This is a heavy parka approx 2.1kg
- Heavy duty Conmar aluminium front zipper with fabric puller
- Popper front storm flap
- Button fasten shoulder epaulettes
- Fishtail rear hem
- Waist and hem drawcords
- Button part elasticated cuffs
- 2 lower popper flap entry hand warmer pockets
- Fixed hood with drawstring and leather toggles
- Button detachable 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): 28in (71cm)
B - SLEEVE - shoulder seam to cuff end: 24in (61cm)
C - SHOULDER - distance between shoulder seams straight across at the back: 23in (58cm)
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 41in (104cm)