A rare original British Army 'Smock, Windproof Camouflage' dated 1944 which was worn by a member of 22 SAS during the 1960s.
This pattern of smock was introduced in 1943 and saw widespread issue during 1944 and 1945 with a variety of units. Based on the same design as the earlier denim, drab and snow smocks; these camouflaged examples also proved popular in the post-war period and were used by British and French forces amongst others.
This smock is made from the rarer heavyweight cotton material which has the camouflaged pattern screen printed onto it. It features four patch pockets to the front which all fasten with green coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) buttons. There is a hood which fastens with a drawstring and a larger drawstring is fitted to the bottom hem. The sleeves feature reinforcing patches made from the same material as the rest of the smock to the elbows, and there are adjustable tabs and buttons located to each cuff.
Inside the smock the original label is present and bears the title of 'Smock Windproof Camouflage' underneath which is the size of 6. The maker's name of 'John Gordon & Co' is also present as is the 1944 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the smock measures -
Chest - 29"
Inside arm - 19 3/4"
Outside arm - 20"
Shoulders - 26"
Length - 29"
The smock is in good condition overall and displays very well. It is still very wearable with signs of previous wear and use which are illustrated in the pictures. There is a small hole to the left sleeve and some orange marks to the sleeves and chest. This smock was used in an elite regiment and shows signs of this. Some of the buttons have perished slightly due to long hours spent outdoors exposed to the elements. Overall the smock displays well and is in very good condition but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
An iconic piece of camouflage uniform and a must have item for the serious collector!