World War II WAC uniforms

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2015-06-26 10:36:03

World War II WAC uniforms were items of militaria worn by the US Women’s Army Corps during the second world war.

WAC

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed in May 1942, becoming the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1943.

The corps was built on similar lines to the British Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

The corps was disbanded in 1978, with those serving in the WAC joined the appropriate branches of the US Army.

Uniforms

Between 1942 and 1944 winter WAAC and WAC uniforms consisted of a wool, olive-drab skirt, jacket and cap, known as a “hobby hat”.

The summer version was made from a khaki-coloured heavy cotton.

From August 1944, the summer uniform was replaced with a tropical worsted fabric ensemble, which could be cleaned easily. A garrison cap replaced the “hobby hat” at the same time.

From 1944, WACs in Europe were issued with an olive-drab wool jacket, known as a "battle jacket”, accompanied with trousers or a skirt.

How much are World War II WAC uniforms worth?

Original second world war WAAC and WAC full uniforms can change hands for up to $200 on auction sites.

An original US Army Air Corps WAAC or WAC tan summer uniform jacket, skirt and cap from 1942 and 1943 sold for $200.50 at an eBay auction in August 2011.

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