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Marsh Camo Smock
WWII German Marsh Camouflage Smock


 
Price: $79.99


Product Code: GUSMSH


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Hood with face net Placket and draw cords Rear pleat detail ATF (L) compared to an
original (R).








German Army (Heer) pullover smock in Marsh pattern camouflage. Emulating the success of the Waffen SS "Tarnjacken", the Heer introduced their first pullover in 1942 in splinter pattern. This was followed in late 1943 with a similar model in the new "Marsh" camouflage design. By the Summer of 1944, these smocks had become fairly common among certain front line Heer units.

Designed to be worn over all other garments, including greatcoats, they had a very large, baggy body and sleeves, with drawcords and straps to tighten the cuffs and waist. The neck and placket adjust with a drawcord. On the chest are two vertical openings to allow access to one's tunic pockets or ammunition pouches when worn over the fieldgear. Most Marsh smocks were made with hoods, some of which have mesh face veils built in. The smocks are reversible to white for snow conditions, but this feature was was found to be of dubious value since the color quickly soiled under combat conditions. On some later smocks, the back of the fabric is no longer printed in white.
As with nearly all German uniforms, the design and type of buttons, drawcords and neck ties varied widely. The most common cloth used was the same cotton/ rayon poplin found on the winter uniforms. Examples do exist in heavier poplin as well as HBT. Heer camouflage smocks were made in three sizes- 1, 2, and 3.

ATF's Marsh Smocks: Our smocks were copied directly from an original, unissued "Marsh 43" example. We used this original for the colors, camouflage pattern and smock dimensions. The cloth we used is a medium weight cotton poplin, often found on Gebirgsäger anoraks and some Marsh smocks. They are washer/ dryer safe and have no special care needs.

Sizing: German smocks are hugely oversized- the original design intended for these to be worn over everything, including the fieldgear. (The chest openings are to allow soldiers to access their ammunition pouches.) These were not "fitted" for a fashion show.

Helmet Covers: We did not make any helmet covers. The conventional collector wisdom is that Heer helmet covers were only made in Splinter pattern camouflage during the War- but this is untrue. I have owned two Marsh covers and handled about half a dozen over the years, one of which was rotted onto the helmet- and was brought in by the veteran who picked it up. I make some of the best fake helmet covers in the world, and I know what I'm talking about. The bottom line is that machine-sewing rotten fabric is impossible. They did exist.

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