Original German WWII Luftwaffe Paratrooper Smock Tan and Water Camouflage - Dated 1944
Original Item: This is an incredibly rare 1944 dated excellent condition WWII German Luftwaffe Paratrooper Smock in tan and water camouflage pattern. All of the tan glass buttons are present. The zippers ivory colored plastic and marked "Ri Ri" which were purpose built for this style of smock. Each zipper has a grey leather pull tab. The snaps at the hem are all intact and marked "PRYM". The reverse has the pistol pocket with small green bakelite buttons. The snaps at the cuffs are identical to those at the hem for the leg closure. All snaps function as intended. The breast eagle is machine embroidered and is hand stitched onto the smock with purple/blue thread. The interior is unlined and uses tan cloth for pocket reinforcements etc. The draw string is in place and secured underneath with strip of purple/blue cloth. The same cloth is used for the pistol pocket reinforcement. The upper left of the interior clearly ink stamped as follows:
Rb. Nr. 0/1337/0015
IIb is the size which translates to: Medium/ Regular length, IX 44 represents September, 1944 as the date of manufacturer.
Overall an incredible late war Fallschirmjäger smock offered in truly excellent condition.
Collar to Shoulder: 11"
Shoulder to Sleeve: 25"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 21"
Chest width: 22"
Waist width: 22"
Hip width: 29"
Front length: 44"
The Fallschirmjäger were the paratrooper branch of the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. They were the first German paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations and came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against. The Fallschirmjäger were very effective when used in commando style raids. The Fallschirmjäger were famous for their willingness to give every effort unwaveringly even in the grimmest of situations. The Fallschirmjäger were seldom used as parachutists. Instead, they were prized for their combat abilities and frequently acted in a "fire brigade" role as roving elite infantrymen. Throughout World War II the Fallschirmjäger commander was Kurt Student.
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