m/39 Light Jacket (Kevyt takki m/39)
The m/39 Light Jacket was a voluntary item for officers in the Army and Coastal Artillery.
Both the m/22 Uniform and the m/27 Uniform had light weight jackets that were meant to function as a part of full dress, parade dress, visiting dress or service dress. They were also seen as better option for office use than the thicker tunics. The m/36 Unifom had its light weight jacket issued in the spring of 1939 as m/39 Light Jacket.
As m/39 Light Jacket was a voluntary item for the officers at a time when few could afford to have one, the jacket remained somewhat rare. The visiting dress and parade dress still retained the old m/22 Light Jacket until the 1950's.
The jacket was originally made with a 4cm tall standing collar, made of dark grey material. This meant that the collar tabs used with the light jacket had to be specially manufactured for the jacket. The collar also proved to be uncomfortable. This resulted in an order to change the collars to the m/36 type, with the colour remaining dark grey. This eliminated the discomfort and the need for special collar tabs.
The jackets were all made by tailors per individual requests and this caused certain variation in the make of the jackets. Materials of the m/39 Light Jacket vary somewhat - they range from thin wool to the grey cotton fabric used in the m/36 Summer Blouses. The same goes with the cut - many m/39 Light Jackets have variations in details compared to the official description.
Last updated: April 22nd, 2018
Description in the regulations
Colour and material: Grey, thin wool fabric of the confirmed colour.
Cut: Single row of buttons 5 hidden buttons, shoulder epaulettes, tight-fitting with a arched back, a single vent down the back seam up to the waist. The jacket may be left without a liner or it can have a half- or full-liner. The jacket may have an internal cloth belt.
Length: Down to the crotch.
Collar: Pre 1941: Single, roughly 4cm high standing collar of dark grey wool, closed with two hooks in the front.
Sleeves: Turnback cuffs of the same colour as the jacket, about 8 to 10 cm tall, without buttons.
Pockets: Chest pockets are inside the jacket with three pointed pocket flaps and without buttons. The pocket flaps are 6 to 7 cm high. The width of the flaps is 10 to 12 cm on the top, 11 to 13 cm on the bottom. Side pockets are inside the jacket, the pocket flaps are of similar style to the chest pockets. The pocket flaps are 7.5 to 8.5 cm high. The width of the flaps is 15 to 17 cm on the top, 17 to 19 cm on the bottom.
Epaulettes: Made of the same fabric as the jacket, shape as shown in the picture. Bottom is sewn inside the shoulder seam and top is attached with a small, 16 mm diameter golden coloured coat-of-arms button. Cadets epaulettes have a 7 mm wide golden trim.
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