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Oakleaf Zeltbahn, Seconds
Oakleaf Zeltbahn, Seconds

: $124.99


Product Description
Late War oakleaf Zeltbahn 50cm pattern, no
added artwork
Reversible Spring to Fall
Mixed shades
Correct buttons Shaded panels Late War grommet
Teflon treated

Reproduction WWII Zeltbahn (shelter quarter) in the Oakleaf camouflage pattern. Our zelts are exclusive to ATF, and unlike other reproductions, actually shed water.

The Oakleaf pattern was one of the most prevalent camouflage patterns from 1943-45. We found a printer that was able to print duplicate the original pattern exactly in the correct 50cm repeat- our design has no added or fictitious artwork. It is the same as WWII.

Our fabric is 100% cotton poplin, tightly woven just like the original cloth. When it gets wet, the fibers swell, closing the spaces in between and repelling water. For good measure, we had them treated with Teflon water repellent making these as close to waterproof as cotton can be.

We were able to persuade the factory to use mixed shades and patterns on the Zeltbahns, just like nearly every original one can find. Therefore, the side reinforcements and center flaps should be some other pattern. We also specifically approved use of fabric with printing flaws of various sorts as this was very common on WWII camouflage items.

Original Zelts used either cast aluminum or stamped steel buttons. We chose to reproduce the cast buttons as they don't rust and they're much easier on one's fingers when they have to close dozens of buttons to assemble a shelter. Likewise, the German used both aluminum and zinc grommets. We actually have both- so these Zelts will be one or the other, depending on the batch.

Grommet note: Like originals, Zeltbahns are not rated for gale force winds. If a Zelt tent is left up in a severe thunderstorm or hurricane, some damage to the grommets is likely to result. This applies to both original and reproduction shelter quarters.
Why Seconds?
How they were supposed
to be done
...and what they did....
Seconds? First, the manufacturer having sewed the buttons on the side panels beside the reinforcing strips rather than on them. They can be buttoned together no problem, but we received a discount for their error and passed it on. Second, on many, they forgot one or two of the buttonholes at the bottom below the large grommets, but these are rarely used. The button sewing is on par with other reproductions- it was supposed to be better. Some Zelts are fine, others have a few loose ones. Despite these issues, they are still superior to any other reproductions made. So, $35 discount, hence the "Sale Price".


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