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SS Field Gray Parka
Waffen SS Fieldgray Parka

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SS pattern Parka in fieldgray. These were issued to the Waffen SS in the Fall of 1943 to replace the "Kharkov" Fur lined models. They were made from the same fieldgray poplin as the previous coats, but otherwise mimicked the Heer's reversible winter uniform. The only pattern change was the use of scalloped pocket flaps, and placing the size markings in the neck instead of under the storm flap.

For years, most of us assumed that the SS used the same mouse gray uniforms that the Army was issued- however, recent research indicates this not to be the case. Although a few SS men undoubtedly acquired Heer parkas, this was the solid color model made and issued by the Waffen SS to their troops. Every SS uniform deviated from the Heer model in some way or another- and these are one example. If you have doubts, start checking out wartime photos of the SS- any time the pocket flap is visible on a parka...it's scalloped. (Mouse gray parkas have straight flaps.)

II SS Pz Korps
Kharkov 1943

Winter 1944-45

Peiper wearing one
near Kharkov Feb-Mar '43

Original SS Parka used as sample.
apparent color difference is due
to age and soiling...

We matched the color to the
underside of the pocket where
the fabric was clean
The fur-lined "Kharkov" parkas
and the fieldgray models appear
to have been issued and worn
concurrently. The outer shell
fabrics are the same.

ATF's Parkas: Our parkas were copied directly from my original examples. These are not copies of copies. I duplicated the German sizing patterns so they fit like the originals. The outer fabric is densely woven cotton poplin (originals were cotton, rayon or a blend), and the lining is high quality polar fleece. The buttons and waistband are exact reproductions. These are exclusively a ATF products, not a re-labeled special deals from Hong Kong Harry nor Sturm "Stay-Puft" pillow parkas.

Fleece lining?
Why did I choose to "dishonor" history? Price, performance, and visibility. The originals were lined with "Reizwolle"- which is a loosely woven, recycled wool/ cotton/ rayon blend- NOT heavy blanket wool or fine quality tunic fabric. To reproduce it would have increased the cost of these uniforms 50%. That combined with the facts that Reizwolle has poor thermal qualities, if it gets wet it takes forever to dry and, most importantly, it shrinks like crazy (3-4 inches). The fleece is warmer, nearly identical in physical weight, washer dryer safe, and feels the same. Most importantly, there is no way to distinguish any difference unless you cut the parka open. (We did make it the same medium gray color as most Reizwolle.)

Washing: Yes, they are washer/ dryer safe. As always, for least fade and longest life, wash in cold and hang dry. Shrinkage is 1" in the body and sleeves. (Washers and dryers will chip the paint on the buttons.)