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M40 Plane Tree Smock
M40 Plane Tree Smock

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M40 Planetree Smock Size*:

Product Description
Model 1940 Tarnjacke Teflon treated Perfect drawcords 5mm eyelets
Such pretty browns... ...such pretty greens... Big... ...and long arms- just
like the originals
ATF made reproduction of the Model 1940 Tarnjacke in "Planetree 1-2" camouflage. This type of smock was produced from 1940-43 and was standard issue to the entire Waffen SS and was used until the end of the War. It was not specific to any particular unit, time period or combat theater.

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 SS 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 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, 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.

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 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.

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: Few if any parts will not match. This is because the factory couldn't wrap their head around the concept of mixing shades.

Size: Size L is the same as originals and fits up to 48" chests. Size XL is for bigger boned people, up to 60" chests.


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