The Last Chance Mine,
Placer County, California. 1882.
The M1940 U.S. Army Indigo-Blue-Denim Uniform succeeded the M1937 Blue Denim Work Uniform, yet preceded HBT fatigue uniforms. To meet the swelling ranks of the Army with a more user-friendly version of the blue denim work uniform. The Army decided on a button front coat for ease of wearing. The trouser were redesigned with the omission of the buckle strap across of the back and internal hidden front and watch pockets. The rear pockets were retained as a patch style. The Army did eventually replace the denim work uniform with the Herringbone Twill uniforms.
M1940 U.S. Army Denim Chore Jacket.
Denim on denim never looked better!
U.S. Army Denim Daisy Mae Hat
U.S. Army 14th Cavalry
The M1937 U.S. Army Indigo-Blue-Denim Uniform was the grandfather of all HBT fatigue uniforms. When the world witnessed the aggression by the Axis powers during the late 1930s the United States had a meager military. The budget for the Army was down a bare minimum thus research and development was put back as a low priority. Needless to say the technology of the day had not made a significant impact on quartermaster issued supplies. While the Axis countries had modernized their clothing needs the United States lagged behind with only slight improvements from uniform designs that spanned during the 1920s and 1930s. Denim had been produced for military purposes starting in the late 19th century. Since denim was such a durable and comfortable fabric the military saw no need to update the technology.
U.S. Army Zinc Buttons