The fishtail parka was first used by the US Army in 1950. Following the end of WWII the US army recognized the need for a new cold weather combat system, resulting in four main styles of fishtail parka: the EX48, M48, M51 and the famous M65. The M stands for model, and the number is the year it was standardized.
The name fishtail comes from the fish tail extension at the back that could be folded up between the legs, much like a "Knochensack", and fixed using snap connectors to add wind-proofing. The fishtail was fixed at the front for warmth or folded away at the back to improve freedom of movement when needed.
- Style: US M65 Fishtail Parka - Fit: Loose fit - Color: OD - Olive Drab - Material: 70% cotton, 30% nylon - Detachable liner included - Zip closure with storm flap - Two front pockets - Adjustable waist, cuffs and back - Made by Mil-Tec - Iconic piece with history - Exclusive at CULTIZM