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WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock
  • WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock

WWII German Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 Fallschirmjäger Smock

Price:

£3,000.00


Product Description

The Holy Grail of WWII camouflage uniforms. This is an original, or at worst, a museum quality copy of the WWII German Fallschirmjäger Knochensack, paratrooper smock, but made in original Erbsentarn Pea Dot 44 camouflage.

These smocks are the rarest of the rare, being produced very late in the war and possibly not having got to the German troops. The story goes a bundle of these were found in the Dachau stores by American troops and some were taken back to the US to be used for hunting garments. Because of end of the War shortages most of the original examples known are missing elements of construction such as chest pocket zips, pop studs, etc. Whatever the case, this example is very different to the modern copies generally seen for sale.

The knochensack is made of a combination of very rare original WWII period duck material and standard Herring Bone Twill, both in the Pea Dot 44 camouflage. The shortage of materials meant that the water resistant duck material has been used for the body area, whilst the arms, collar and attachment for the flare pistol is in Herring Bone Twill. Another interesting aspect of the construction, is the fact that it is made of at least 4 different sources of material, a policy of utilising every scrap of material on the factory floor.

The construction is exactly the same as with the Luftwaffe Airborne smocks. The tunic has 4 zips made of original WWII white bakelite manufactured by RIRI and mounted on a blue artificial silk. The sliders have grey leather pull tabs but there is one missing. The buttons are of grey ceramic glass (as seen on sniper smocks) and the popper studs are all marked PRYM ORIGINAL. This is really the only detail that determines it as a later reproduction, as the period studs were only marked PRYM.

We believe that the tunic was finished post-war with the addition of these popper studs, possibly by a dealer in the 1970s, but the material may be from the stock pile found at Dachau. The inside is partially lined with a olive coloured canvas (similar to bread bag material), but also in places in blue grey artificial silk. This is also apparent with the inside wrist cuffs with small attachment studs.

The quality of construction is very good. There are no maker's details or size numbers, but the smock is large, being a size 42 - 44. There is a faint F43 ink stamp, which is also seen on examples in museums, although there is no evidence that these were produced before around the beginning of 1945.

A chance to own a mint example of a virtually unknown piece, at a fraction of the cost, albeit with some postwar additions. These Knochensacks retail for between £15000 - £18000

Size: 42 - 44

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