Cold Weather Uniforms-1951

Interestingly, the Cold Weather Uniform when I joined the Army some 34 years later was virtually identical. In fact, when I got out, some units were still using this equipment in 1999.


Of course, by that time most units had converted to at least an early iteration of the ECWCS, or Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System, which combined Gore-Tex parka and trousers with multiple layers of synthetic pile liners.

4 thoughts on “Cold Weather Uniforms-1951”

  1. Regardless of the style of cold weather gear, I can’t get an Infantry officer to wear any of it. They’d invariably rather stand around shivering than to look weak by staying warm. Then, if they do wear something, they’ll only hide it by sticking a layer of something under their uniform shirt. They do so despite the awesome ECWCS Gen III layers we have now.

    1. And, in my experience, they would also rather have the EM spend the day shivering because the pre-determined “uniform of the day” MUST be followed to the letter in spite of the actual weather.

  2. That’s interesting. My Dadand Uncle were both in Korea. My Uncle from the beginning, my Dad got there just after it ended. They both said that the US cold weather gear they had On hand for the first year wasn’t good, particularly the boots. But I can’t remember the details. Maybe it was just a supply screw up for my Uncle’s unit.

  3. Wet cold uniforms? Dry cold uniforms? Multiple layers of socks, pants, etc? My issue wardrobe never contained such frippery or quantity. And if it had, I wouldn’t have been able to carry it all or work in it.

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