During the Normandy and Sicily campaigns many of the airborne troops often applied patches to the stress areas of their jump uniforms. This was to create a sturdier garment. The most common material used was leather, but photographs and original samples have shown white canvas was also utilized.
This practice was particularly popular with the pathfinder units. Many of the early models were re-enforced with leather patches. This practice appear to have been adopted mainly by members of the 82nd Airborne, especially members of the 504th PIR.
You can now create your own version of this early uniform by buying the leather elbow and knee reenforcement patches and sewing them to your standard US M1942 paratrooper uniform. This is for the patches only. The US M1942 paratrooper uniform pictured is not included.
You will receive two elbow and two knee patches. A total of four leather patches. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly via email or phone