Civilian tanker jacket
The winter combat jacket, commonly known as the tanker jacket, this piece was designed specifically for tank crews in WWII Europe. These are deliberately very simple jackets, as tanks are cramped on the inside and excessive features on the outside of the jacket would likely snag on interior details of the vehicle.
During the later years of the war and after, many of the military garments were made for private purchase and civilian markets. The tanker jacket (as the winter combat jacket was now widely known) proved to be very popular. This led to contractors making private purchase versions. They differed from the original military versions on things like weight (the wool lining replaced for quilted lining) and the use of different cotton fabrics for the outer shell.
This civilian tanker jacket from The Real McCoy's is an excellent example of just such a jacket. It sports a cotton shell, an excellent quilted rayon lining, nylon ribbing, slash handwarmer pockets and a 1940’s Talon zipper. Made in Japan!