What is a Field Blouse?

"Field Blouse" is the English translation of the German term "feldbluse". It is simply any uniform jacket worn for field service. The US Army used the same term for many years, explaining to Civil War recruits that "your blouse is what you're wearing over your shirt and under your overcoat." For some strange reason, the troops thought a blouse was a woman's shirt. The US Army switched to the term "service coat" during or after WW1, but the term "blouse" is still used in military colleges and by some old-timers. The Marines may still use the term.The British Army used the term "blouse" for the jacket to their WW2 "Battle Dress" uniform, hence the commonly heard term "battle dress blouse". The US Army calls this a "jacket", hence the term "Ike Jacket" for the exact same piece of clothing

What is a Tunic?

"Tunic", in uniform terminology, is what speakers of British-English call a military hip or thigh length jacket with skirts reaching at least to the wrists and having four pockets. In other words, what Americans call a "Service Coat" and the Germans call a "Field Blouse" (feldbluse). A waist length jacket with two chest pockets is a "Blouse", even in Britain. There is no such thing as a "Battle Dress Tunic" in any language. Britons wear a "tunic" when wearing the "Service Dress Uniform", but they wear a "blouse" when wearing the "Battle Dress Uniform".

What is Field Gray?

"Field Gray" (feldgrau) is the traditional color of German Army uniforms. The field gray wool used for uniforms at the beginning of WW2 had a pronounced blue/green tone. The color range of field gray expanded as more dark green, slate gray, and even olive brown shades came into use as the war progressed. However, the early war field gray was never completely supplanted and examples can be found of early blue/green field gray being used for the very latest styles of uniforms produced in the ruins of the Third Reich.

Back to the "Lost Battalions" Front Page