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Original British WWII 1942 Pattern Parachutist Jacket Size No. 6

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Original Item: Only One Available. Original Item: Only One Available. Used by British Paratroopers in World War Two in addition to the Dennison smock. This is an olive green cotton over-garment, with a diagonal zipper at front known as the 1942 Pattern Parachutist Jacket. It has a row of dual attachment snaps for the "diaper" strap. Clear makers tag on the interior, stating the manufacturer to be City Uniform Manufacturing Company, 1946, Size 6. Size 6 fits a 6 ft 1 in to 6 ft 2 in man. Offered in excellent condition with correct Newey snaps and Swift zipper.

For use by Airborne troops, the Denison was worn over the battledress and under the webbing, with a sleeveless green denim oversmock being worn over the ensemble to prevent rigging lines snagging in the webbing and causing a 'chute malfunction. This sleeveless smock had a long external zip (often removed and used to make the half-zip Denisons full zip), a monkey tail that press studded to the outside front of the oversmock and two elasticated open pockets on the lower front which were to hold grenades for use whilst in the air or immediately upon landing. After a successful parachute landing fall, the oversmock was discarded.
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