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M40 Blurred Edge Smock
M40 Blurred Edge Smock


 
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Pretty Fall colors sultry Spring shades 5mm eyelets M40 pattern neck
Teflon treated Charcoal gray thread 4mm rayon cord Correct size sleeves
ATF reproduction of the Model 1940 Tarnjacke in "Blurred-edge" camouflage. This type of smock was produced from 1940-43 and was standard issue to the entire formation and was used until the end of the War. It was widely issued to all front line fighting units.

Like the M38, the M40 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 changes from the M38 smocks were the omission of the placket flap & elasticized neck, and the placket itself was widened and simplified.

Like all of the Tarnjacken, the M40'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 blurred edge pattern camouflage design and colors were taken from an original Zeltbahn. 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 original smock we copied....
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, the 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.

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 military.

Some of our smocks The original.

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".

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.

Few if any pieces will be shaded on these smocks. The factory simply couldn't digest the concept.


Size: Size L is the same as the originals- they fit up to a 48 chest. We also graded a Size XL for fuller figures up to 60 chest.

Imported

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