The Fishtail parka was originally an improved version of the N-3B parka which was already worn in WW2. For the Korean War the designers went back to the drawing board. Their aim was to come up with a versatile garment which would protect the GI's from the cold and rather wet conditions in Korea. For this purpose they designed a parka which was waterproof, strong and still enabled the soldier to move around with ease. The parka came with a removable liner adding to its versatility. The design featured to characteristic drawstrings at the back and front that could be tied together around the leg. Thus trapping warm air and keeping you warm. Soldier thought this looked like a Fishtail.
The Fishtail parka probably gained its most recognition during the Mod period in the UK. The mods really like the look of the fishtail parka and it kept them clean whilst they were on their Vespa scooters.
The M-65 is again an adaptation of its predecessor. this model has a different type of liner and not an attached hood. It also seems a bit less baggy. Of course the iconic drawstring remained. This one is in a used condition with lots of character and cool repairs. It is one of the older M-65 fishtails we have.
- Original US Army jacket in worn and stained condition from 1974
- Baggy fit makes it hard to put an exact size on it but can go from roomy S to more fitted L
- Measurements: 63cm shoulders, 66cm arm, 73cm pit to pit, 100cm back
- Measurements: pit to pit cm, arm cm, shoulder cm, back cm
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