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Trenchcoat "shoulder flap"?

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Hello all, My first post here on SF after being an avid reader for quite some time
I have a question about a detail found on some trenchcoats; the "flap of fabric" usually located on the front right shoulder and secured with a button... Can anyone tell me the purpose of this "flap"l? Also see the picture (from Google, probably a women's garmernt). Regards, Kaas
 

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It also covers the open top corner of the flap to avoid rain getting in there.
 

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I believe it was also known as a "gun flap"... make of that what you will.
 

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