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M38 Plane Tree Smock
M38 Plane Tree Smock

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M38 Plane Tree Smock Size*:

Product Description

Exact reproduction 4mm
rayon drawcord

Low waist

Correct size sleeves

Teflon treated

Elasticized neck, placket
flap, hem band

Pattern detail

M38 placket flap

Placket reinforcement
ATF made reproduction of the Model 1938 Tarnjacke in "Planetree 1-2" camouflage. This was the first pattern of pullover camo jacket worn by the German troops throughout WWII. This type of smock was used until the end of the War. It was not specific to any particular unit, time period or combat theater.

The M38 smock was designed to be worn over the uniform and field equipment- the two vertical access slits in the front were meant to allow the soldier to access his ammunition pouches. Although this method of wear provided the best concealment effect, muffled the rattling of the gear and prevented branches from snagging the wearer, it proved impractical and is rarely seen being worn this way in period photos. The M38's most distinct characteristic is the elasticized neck and placket flap on the Fall side. On the earliest smocks, the neck opening is notably larger than later production M38's.

Like all of the Tarnjacken, the M38's are fully reversible with "Spring" colors on one side and "Fall" on the other. Most soldiers wore the cuffs tucked in and often rolled the skirt under the waistband.

Our Plane Tree pattern camouflage design and colors were taken from an original Zeltbahn. We opted for is roller printing rather than hand screening like originals due to the cost- it is impossible to tell the difference unless you cut the smock open, lay it out and measure the repeat. The cotton poplin is the same spec as WWII, custom loomed with fine yarn in a very tight 90 x 64 weave. This makes it water and wind resistant. Finally, we had it treated with Teflon durable water repellent finish to further enhance its performance. It is still not fully water proof, but it's superior to the original and any other reproduction made.

The smock itself is copied straight from our originals- which were huge. This was meant to fit all soldiers and be worn over the shirt, tunic and greatcoat. Unlike Heer smocks, these pullovers appear to have come in only one, very large size. (I have measured dozens of originals.) The chests have a circumference of 58-60", the sleeves are 20" around and cuff to cuff is 74+ inches. Our smocks are assembled like the genuine articles. They were normally sewn with medium and dark gray thread, 5mm eyelets (machine or hand sewn), and neatness was an afterthought. I instructed the inspector to be rather casual in trimming excess thread, to pass mis-printed fabric, and to allow a somewhat sloppier than normal finish overall. This is characteristic of WWII smocks- not an error.

The originals will fit up to 48" chests, yes, allowing for the uniform underneath. On small guys, they are enormous- but that's how they were in WWII for the real German military. We have also graded a Size XL for bigger, rounder bodies.

Some of our smocks Originals...

Our drawcords are the correct 4mm flat rayon cord- originals came in numerous shades of green, gray, fieldgray, brown and even black. Leather laces were not "factory".

Shading: Very few if any parts will not match.

Size: Size L is the same as originals- it's fits up to a 48" chest. Our size XL will fit up to a 60" breast.


Washing: Although washer/ dryer safe, we recommend cold wash and hang dry for longest life and fewest highlights.