This is an original US mountain troop ski cap. This type of cap was made specifically for US ski troops during World War Two. It is considered the second pattern, it replaced an earlier version of the ski cap that had a chinstrap that was connected to the side flaps. Also, two ventilation grommets were added to each side with this version. This second pattern of the cap came into use in 1943.
These hats are most known for their use by the famed 10th Mountain Division during WWII. During World War Two, the 10th Mountain Division spent time training at Camp Hale in Colorado. After their time in Colorado, they spent a little time training in Texas at Camp Swift before being shipped overseas to Europe. When they arrived in Europe, they were sent to the Italian campaign were they engaged in heavy fighting in 1945.
This style of US Mountain Troop uniform pants was worn by members of both the 10th Mountain Division and the First Special Service Force during World War Two. This particular pair belonged to a member of the First Special Service Force.
This style of pants is prized by collectors today, because of their association with these two famous units. This pair exhibits a couple of things you do not often see in this type of pants. First, they are a really big size. They have a 40 inch waist. Second, they are in excellent shape and look they were worn only a couple of times. Most of these pants that are found today, show extensive use and damage.
This WW2 Mountain Troop Jacket is a 1942 dated mint original. It does not look like it was ever worn or washed. This style of jacket was extensively used by the members of the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two. This type of jacket featured a large pocket on the back that could be used as a substitute backpack. There are even internal suspenders in this jacket to help support the load on the back.
This type of jacket is one of the harder to find WWII Mountain Troop uniform items. I was very happy to add one in such nice condition to my collection.