Nice copy of model 1938 smock/blouse (also called 1st model). The smock is completely invertible, two-sided (green shades for summer on one side and brown shades for autumn on the other).
Smock have a flap covering lace on the chest. The neck was usually tightened with an elastic band, just like the cuffs; this copy does not have a rubber band on the collar. Vertical slits on the chest are for access to the pockets of the uniform and also have flaps. The tips of the sleeves, which should mask the hands, are usually tucked under the elastic. Usually, a smock skirt was tucked under the belt in order to have a smart look.
This blouse was in use (second-hand), the condition is excellent.
How to choose a size?
We have only one size M-L or Russian 50-52. Its measurements below.
• Breast width between armpits 70 cm. Hereinafter measurements are taken on a smock lying flat on the floor; the smock has a straight cut, so the width of the chest = the width of the skirt (bottom); the width of the chest can be measured along the bottom of the smock.
• Minimum waist 60 cm. Waist of the smock along the elastic band.
• Total lenght 76 cm. From the neck opening to the bottom end.
• Sleeves (between cuffs, arms to sides) 174 cm. The distance between the right and left cuff (rubber bands on the wrists).
Camouflage "Palmtree" (Palmenmuster) was the first SS camouflage, printed using a roller, not stencils, and was produced from 1940 to 1942.
Camouflage colors differed significantly from batch to batch. These blouses were created at the dawn of printing camouflage on fabric, so each batch was essentially an experiment: slightly different dyes, fabric composition, dyeing conditions... Our color blouse matches the color presented in Lorenzo Silvestri's book "Waffen-SS camouflage uniforms" on page 142-146, which until 1943 was at the disposal of the LSSAH division. Scan from the book below:
Photo of the original blouse from the book of Lorenzo Silvestri "Waffen-SS camouflage uniforms".
Camouflage "Palmtree" has nothing to do with the German Afrika Korps (Deutsche Afrika Korps, DAK)!!! The camouflage was named so due to the characteristic shape of the spots, it was not designed for use in Africa.
A double-sided camouflage blouse was tested in 1938 by soldiers of the Deutschland regiment, until that time the SS soldier's camouflage consisted of a raincoat, a helmet cover and a mesh on the face. And until June 1940, 32,400 blouses were produced. Most of these blouses came to Russia and were lost there. Therefore, the original of such a blouse (in excellent condition) among collectors is currently estimated at > 10.000 dollar. Prices are rising.
The blouse is worn over the uniform. Sometimes in hot climates, SS units wore such blouses directly on a naked body without a tunic.
Historical information taken from books: Michael D. Beaver, Camouflage uniforms of the Waffen-SS and Robert Kurtz, Afrikakorps.