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 designed to be tied around the soldier's legs for extra insulation and could also be folded up and popper secured.
This is a vintage US Army M-65 Extreme Cold Weather Parka complete with detachable quilted liner and snorkel hood and a heavy duty brass front zipper. The parka shell label dates this to 1976, the detachable liner is dated 1973 and the detachable hood from 1977. Made in the USA.
Used and in fair to good vintage condition with general heavy signs of wear and abrasion throughout and some small marks. There is discoloration to the faux fur hood trim, a small stitch repair area to the back right upper arm, and the edge seam on the left arm seam has come away in a small section but the seam is still sound. This parka has a great well worn washed look and bags of character. 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: 80% Cotton 20% Nylon; Liner: 100% Nylon Quilted; Hood: Cotton Shell with Wool Lining and Faux Fur Trim
- Heavy duty brass front zipper with fabric puller
- Popper front storm flap
- Fishtail rear hem
- Waist and hem drawcords
- Button part elasticated cuffs
- 2 lower popper flap entry hand warmer pockets
- Button detachable liner
- Button detachable faux fur trim hood
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: 25in (63.5cm)
C - SHOULDER - distance between shoulder seams straight across at the back: 23.5in (60cm)
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 40in (101.5cm)