Designed to be worn over a paratrooper's equipment to reduce the risk of the canopy lines getting snagged on opening, the jump smock became one of the symbols of the Fallschirmjaegers. Originally intended to be discarded on landing, the smock evolved into a multi-purpose load bearing camouflage garment, and continued to be a signature item even after combat experience in Crete led Hitler to pull the plug on mass airborne assaults. This smock follows the SS Splitter-Sumpfmuster "splinter marsh" camouflage introduced in 1943. Five concealed blue plastic buttons run down the front, with a set of four leather-tabbed white plastic "Ri-Ri" brand zipper pockets at the chest and hip level on the front, a flare gun holster and a bayonet retaining loop on the back right, and a set of blue/gray finished metal snaps around the bottom to close and adjust around the user's legs. A set of adjustable rayon wrist cuffs are hidden up the sleeves, with vents in the armpit areas and a concealed adjustment cord in the back. On the inside of the left breast is the ink-stamped markings "1A (size) 44 (Date 1944) /R.B.N. 250207" (The R.B.N. number beginning in 250 shows that it is made by a Berlin vicinity firm), and attached to the right breast with zig-zag pattern stitching is a Luftwaffe eagle patch with contrasting green herringbone backing. While not the same item, a virtually identical example can be seen on page 69 of "German Paratroops in North Africa" by John E. Hodgin. Included with the smock is a tan cloth clip bandolier marked "1944" on the rear and a tropical-style tan gas protection sheet pouch marked in blue ink "131/Ela 43/q/H" inside the flap.
Excellent overall, with some light stains and wear. An excellent totally original paratrooper smock with accessories, which would look great in any collection of Third Reich or Fallschirmjaeger artifacts.
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