Type B-3 :: General Patton

JACKET - Flying Type B-3 Gen Patton. Werber Sportswear Co. contract 42-12963-P

MATERIAL
North American Sheepskin
HIDE TRIM
WarHorse® - Horsehide leather in Havana brown
INSIGNIA
1st Armored Corp device to left sleeve top - exquisitely hand-embroidered in bullion thread
INSIGNIA
3rd Army roundel - original NoS wartime issue
INSIGNIA
3-Star General painted directly onto shoulder
INSIGNIA
3-Star General layered-leather sewn to epaulettes
THREAD
Premium quality 3-ply 100% cotton in correct Olive Drab shade
PRESS STUDS
Correct mil-spec large ring type
ZIP
Original NOS Talon M42
LABEL
Perfect reproduction of the original maker; Werber Sportswear, contract 42-12693-P

Several of the land based Army generals of WWII favoured a flight jacket for comfort on certain occasions, and no doubt, to make them stand out. No-one did this apply to more than the formidable General Patton.

Patton was a character who prided himself on his impressive appearance. He was immaculately dressed all of the time, and famously known for wearing a pair of pearl handled revolvers at his side, along with an Army Air Force Type B-3 flight jacket.

The photographic record of Patton’s B-3 reveals that he wore this jacket over a number of years, adding and changing insignia over time as he was promoted in rank. By the end of the war he had become a 4-star General, and his original jacket resides in the Patton museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky, bearing this insignia.

Our recreation of this iconic garment however, depicts the General’s jacket as it would have been in December 1944. As a 3-Star General at that time, and in command of the 3rd Army, Patton’s incredible push into the Ardennes during the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ to relieve the brave and beleaguered 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne must be regarded as the summit of his military career. Wearing B-3 jacket and belted pistols, he drove his men on through the harshest winter Europe had seen for 50 years and so was immortalised in this distinctive uniform for all time.

At first, the only insignia his jacket bore were 3 stars painted directly onto the shoulder line, and a beautiful layered-leather hand-embroidered patch (embroidered directly onto the leather sleeve panel - it is not a separate patch sewn on), depicting the 1st Armored Corp - the unit he commanded and first entered the war with during Operation Torch in Morocco 1942.

By early ’44 he had added epaulettes, and had 3 silver coloured leather stars sewn upon them (still retaining the painted ones underneath). By late ’44, and having been given command of the 3rd Army, the roundel device for that unit appears, hand-stitched on, just below the armoured patch.

We have faithfully recreated all this insignia and applied just as his original would have looked during the Battle of the Bulge - the 3rd Army patch is in fact new-old-stock original of wartime manufacture.

The jacket itself was a regular contract-made garment, that being of the Werber Sportswear Co, contract 42-21693-P, and therefore the model we have reproduced exactly for complete authenticity. It was not custom-made for him as is often mistakenly stated.

For obvious reasons, due to the work involved in this product, only limited production runs will be made throughout each year. Consequently it may not be available all of the time.

Available in sizes 36 - 48.


£1,399.99

Customer Size Guide

Jackets and Tops

Measure your chest over a T-shirt; it is helpful to get someone to do this for you. Do not inflate your lungs, just relax and stand with your arms out. The tape measure should be run around your chest right up under your arms and held snug, but not tight - this is your chest measurement.

Measure your chest The Size you
should order
in cm
34-36 86-91 36 XS
36-38 91-96 38 S
38-40 96-101 40 M
40-42 101-106 42 M
42-44 106-111 44 L
44-46 111-116 46 L
46-48 116-121 48 XL

Gloves

Measure the circumference of your hand around your 4 knuckles (obviously do not include your thumb). Correlate this measurement with size chart below to assess your glove size.

Measure of your knuckles The Size you
should order
in cm
7 - 8 18 - 20 XS
8 - 9 20 - 23 S
9 - 10 23 - 25 M
10 - 11 25 - 28 L
11 - 12 28 - 30 XL

Hats

Measure the circumference of your head.

Measure of your head The Size you
should order
in cm
21½ - 22 54 - 55.5 XS
22 - 22½ 55.5 - 57 S
22½ - 23 57 - 58.5 M
23 - 23½ 58.5 - 60 L
23½ - 24 60 - 61.5 XL
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