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US M42 Jump Suit by Kay Canvas

US WW1, WW2 Re-enactment Info 20 January 2022 By Paul K US M42 Jump Suit by Kay Canvas

US M42 para suit by Kay Canvas manufacturing is a replica of the combat uniform worn by the US para's of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne on D-Day on the 6th June 1944 in Normandy and is only available from Soldier of Fortune.

This is the reinforced version of the M42 jump uniform which helped make the standard M1942 jump jacket and trousers stronger as the US paras found the standard issue M42 jump suit needed stronger pockets as the paras carried more in the pockets than the suits where originally designed to carry.

The "Kay Canvas" M42 jump uniform has been researched to be one of the most accurate replica para suits on the market today. Kay canvas has addressed the problem that some M42 trousers have in the strength of the seat by having a stronger panel sewn on the inside of the seam.

US M42 para suit by Kay Canvas manufacturing is a replica of the combat uniform worn by the US para's of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne on D-Day on the 6th June 1944 in Normandy and is only available from Soldier of Fortune.

This is the reinforced version of the M42 jump uniform which helped make the standard M1942 jump jacket and trousers stronger as the US paras found the standard issue M42 jump suit needed stronger pockets as the paras carried more in the pockets than the suits where originally designed to carry.

The "Kay Canvas" M42 jump uniform has been researched to be one of the most accurate replica para suits on the market today. Kay canvas has addressed the problem that some M42 trousers have in the strength of the seat by having a stronger panel sewn on the inside of the seam.

The Pictures below show a front, side and back view of the Jump Suit.

Front view Side view Back view

Features of the originals and of the Kay Canvas M42 jump suit include:.

  • Nickel press studs with a black front.
  • Talon branded chrome zips.
  • Correct weight of cotton.
  • All the buttons are a nice brown khaki colour.
  • All the pockets have twin press studs closure and an extra male side to match each stud so you can vary the carrying capacity of the pockets.
  • Correct looking size stamping in the back of the neck collar and stamped inside the trouser waist band.
Nickel Press Stud Nickel Press Studs With Black Front
Talon Zip close Talon Branded Chrome Zips
Khaki Buttons All buttons are a nice brown khaki colour
Twin Press Stud Closure All pockets have twin press studs closure
Size stamp 1 Correct looking size stamping in the back of the neck collar and inside the trouser waist band
Size stamp 2 Correct looking size stamping in the back of the neck collar and inside the trouser waist band

 

Jacket details.

  • Waist belt with buckle
  • Pocket on the throat for the M2 folding flick knife, this specially designed pocket has a zip on both sides so you could get to it with either hand and was designed to get to your M2 knife quickly in case you were tangled in your parachute when you landed so you could cut yourself free as quickly as possible
  • Reinforcements on the lower pockets two pockets and on the elbows of the jacket.
  • Shoulder epaulettes which are secured by press studs so you can easily attached a gas brassard or lanyard for your M2 knife.
  • Shoulder epaulettes which are secured by press studs so you can easily attached a gas brassard or lanyard for your M2 knife.
  • Ventilation holes under the arms are stitched finished.
  • The two breast pockets have an internal slotted pouch which can be accessed through a gap in the stitching of the pocket flaps, these where often used to hold a spoon from the mess set.
  • The sleeve cuffs are secured by two press studs.
  • The back has three expanding sections to increase movement.
Jacket Belt and Buckle Waist Belt with Buckle
Pocket for M2 Flick Knife Pocket on the throat for the M2 folding flick knife
Reinforcements to Elbows Reinforcements on the lower pockets, two pockets and on the elbows of the jacket
Shoulder Epaulettes Shoulder Epaulettes which are secured by press studs and twin press stud closure on the neck.
Ventilation Holes under arms Text: Ventilation holes under the arms are stitched finished
Sleeve cuff The Sleeve cuffs are secured by two press studs
Jacket back The back has three expanding sections to increase movement

 

Trouser details.

  • Reinforcements on the cargo leg pockets and the knees on the trousers. 
  • Leg ties sewn into the seams on the trousers these were used to tie around the leg pockets to help stop the gear in the pockets from moving around.
  • Buttons on the trouser waist band to fit trouser suspenders.
  • Fly is closed by buttons.
  • Two front hand pockets.
  • Two rear pockets.
  • The trousers have a webbing edge around the bottom hem of the trousers cuff.
  • The trousers are the correct width, which are a baggier, looser fit than other replica jump trousers.
  • The trousers have an extra strip of heavy cotton webbing on the inside of the crotch which the trouser seat seams are sewn too making for a stronger seat which makes the seat stitching less likely come apart a problem with previous replica M42 jump trousers.
Reinforcements to knees Text: Reinforcements on the cargo leg pockets and the knees
Leg ties Leg ties sewn into the seems on the trousers
Waist band buttons Buttons on the trouser waist band to fit trouser suspenders
2 front pockets Two front hand pockets
2 Back pockets Two rear pockets
Webbing edge to trouser cuff Trousers have a webbing edge around the bottom hem of the trousers cuff
Extra strip of cotton

Trousers have extra strip of heavy cotton webbing on the inside of the crotch which the trouser seat seams are sewn too making for a stronger seat which makes the seat stitching less likely come apart a problem with previous replica M42 jump trousers.

 

Average sleeve length is 21.5" (54cm) from the underarm to the end of the sleeve cuff. 

Average leg length (inside from the crotch to the bottom of the leg) 33" (84cm) so they are long enough to turn up the bottom of the leg or to tuck them into your jump boots.

Kay Canvas also make the standard un-reinforced version of the M42 jump suit which are also available from Soldier of Fortune.

US WW1, WW2 Re-enactment Info

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