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M40 Oakleaf Smock
M40 Oakleaf Smock

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Perhaps the best Fall
colors of the bunch
M40 pattern Fully reversible Treated with Teflon
water repellent
Correct size sleeves BIG arms Charcoal gray thread The best 4mm rayon
drawcord made since 1945

Model 1940 smock in "Oakleaf A" camouflage. This is one of the most widely produced patterns of the War, but not so commonly found on this model of Tarnjacke. Oakleaf begins to appear in period photos around the Summer of 1943, at the same time that the "Model 1942" smocks show up. Authentic examples are not terribly rare today, meaning that M40 smocks in this pattern were produced on some scale, but not like that of the other patterns. Regardless, they were worn until the end of the War.

Vincenz Kaiser at Kursk
wearing an M40 Oakleaf

ATF Smocks: Our fabric is not some random poplin we found at the textile auction- it was custom woven from a swatch of real period cloth with the fine yarn, and super tight tight weave (90 x 64) that helps it shed water. (No gap is visible between the fibers if you hold it up to a light- just like the real material.) For good measure, all fabric was treated with Teflon water repellent finish after printing.

The smock pattern itself was taken quite literally, straight from the real one. WWII SS smocks typically measure 60" around the body, 74-76" cuff to cuff and 32-34" down the back. I made ours with an extra inch or two in sleeve and body length since they will shrink slightly when washed (or get wet and dry). Every seam, panel, placket, and measure is as the smocks made in WWII. Our thread is the correct dark, dark gray seen on most originals- it has a cotton exterior with a center core of polyester- 100% cotton breaks too much to be practical.

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 Waffen SS smocks- not an error.

The front is closed with 5 pairs of sewn eyelets- originals are hand or machine sewn. The drawcords are the correct flat-woven rayon material. (Smocks were not issued with leather laces.)

Shading: There is little if any shading on these as the concept completely freaked the factory out.

Size: We have two- Size L is the same as original smocks, and a larger Size XL for the modern, curvier 21st Century physiques.


History: This model and pattern of smock is visible in being worn in period photos from the battle of Kursk in the Summer of 1943. They would have been used until the end of the War.. They were general issue to all Waffen SS combat units.

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