Dating an army officer

As we look at the photo of the Medical Officer's blouse posted above, we will note that the shoulder patch appears to be embroidered on felt, but it is NOT a WWII SHAEF patch, but a US Army Europe SSI worn post war.Since the patch was worn well after 1945, and past the wear out date of the "chocolate" officer's uniform, I would conclude that the jacket is most likely a post war jacket.WW2 USAAF staff officer, note light colored cuff braid, and the buckle and belt are sewn into place Korean War era infantry officer (graduated from college in 1950), note rounded buckle Edited by Matt S, 20 March 2016 - AM.Lastly, a WW2 II Corps staff officer Out of the small sampling of 7 officer's uniforms I pulled from my closet, 6 have buckles, and the 2 with rounded buckles are known to be Korean War era. Matt, Those are some great examples of officers' blouses.

I would warn other collectors that it is a good idea to spend a lot of time looking at the details of the jackets and making your own conclusions rather than simply taking other collectors' words for it when discussing originality etc.Wartime buckles were usually rectangular plain brass, while post-war ones have a rounded buckle with a textured design.Sorry, but I have to seriously disagree with this assessment.Senior officers, of full colonel rank and above, do not wear regimental uniform (except when serving in the honorary position of a Colonel of the Regiment); rather, they wear their own 'staff uniform' (which includes a coloured cap band and matching gorget patches in several orders of dress).As a rule, the same basic design and colour of uniform is worn by all ranks of the same regiment (albeit often with increased embellishment for higher ranks).Wartime buckles were usually rectangular plain brass, while post-war ones have a rounded buckle with a textured design. I know the cuff stripe is an indication of officer status but what is the difference between the black and od color? Was there makers tags that were specific to a time period?

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