A rare original British Army 'Smock, Windproof Camouflage' dated 1944.
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 French forces amongst others.
The smock is made from a lightweight gabardine 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 no longer present but the original War Department acceptance stamp is. It is surmounted by the letter 'M' which confirms 1944 as the year of issue.
When laid flat the smock measures -
Chest - 27"
Inside arm - 19 3/4"
Outside arm - 19 3/4"
Shoulders - 26"
Length - 27 1/2"
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 hole to the bottom of the left breast pocket (picture 5) and another very small hole to the gusset of the hood (picture 4). There is a small L-shaped tear to the bottom right side at the rear and a couple of other small holes and worn areas. 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!