A rare original British Army 'Smock, Windproof Camouflage' dated 1944 and in a size No. 3.
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 at 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 still present and bears the title of 'Smock, Windproof Camouflaged' and the size is marked as No. 3. The 1944 date and the War Department broad arrow marking are also present as is the maker's name of 'A. Raven & Co Ltd'. Adjacent to the label is the original War Department acceptance stamp which is also bright and legible. It is surmounted by the letter 'M' which confirms 1943 as the year of issue.
The smock is in good condition overall and displays very well. It is still very wearable with a small repair to the front at the ood base which is illustrated in picture 4. There are also two very small holes to the front (picture 5) and another two holes to the right sleeve (picture 6) which are again very small. Overall the smock displays extremely 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!
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