Late War (ETO)
The M1943 uniform came into service in the later half of World War II. Introduced in 1943 to replace a variety of other specialist uniforms and some inadequate garments, like the M1941 Field Jacket.
The M1943 Jacket was very popular, due to the large amounts of carrying capacity.
Due to supply and/or individual preference, many in the Infantry retained the M1932 Wool Trousers.
A combination of M1943 Jacket and M1932 Trousers was a common site in the ETO late 1944
Initial issue of the M1943 uniform was slow, with many units wearing the M41 jacket through to the end of the war.
The M-1943 Combat Boot or "Two-Buckle Boot", which where designed to replace the unpopular canvas leggings where also issued. Many units can be seen wearing both the service shoes with leggings and the newer combat boot.
The new boots proved to be unpopular in the winter of 44 due to the lack of shoe pac/over shoes which resulted in a high number of trench foot cases among combat units