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M40 Overprint Smock
M40 Overprint Smock

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M40 Overprint Smock Size*:

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Product Description

Full size "Overprint" pattern Fall colors M40 pattern Fully reversible
Treated with Teflon
water repellent
Correct size arms Correct 4mm rayon
neck cord
Charcoal gray thread
ATF made reproduction of the Model 1940 Tarnjacke in "Over-print plane tree" camouflage. This type of smock was produced from 1942-43 and was standard issue to the entire special troops 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 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 Overprint pattern camouflage design and colors were taken from an original Zeltbahn. We had the pattern recreated in the correct 50/ 185cm repeat using mechanical flat screen printing. 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.

Numbers: We cannot guarantee all smocks will have a visible number anywhere- this is just like the originals. The numbers occur only every 185cm in the pattern- most smocks seem to have one somewhere, but no promises.

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, these 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.

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.

Sizes: Size L's are the same as originals and will fit up to a 48" chest. A larger Size XL is also available for larger figures.


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