Exact replica of German Wehrmacht 1943-45 reversible winter parka. One side is white and another is Feldgrau. The Feldgrau colour on these parkas is gray with or without green hue; it may slightly differ from the pictures (in brightness and hue). This parka is a part of German winter uniform set along with similar pants. Dense fabric and historically correct insulation. No synthepon or modern materials as an insulation! Germans collected old clothes from cloth, cotton and viscose, crushing it by the special machine and made a cloth (like a bad quality blanket). Such a cloth they used for insulating clothes.
We offer a responsibly copied example from German samples. Templates developed "from scratch" by order and under the control of the shop "Replica". Items were sewn at the factory by professionals using serious sewing equipment. This high-quality copy is designed and sold in the shop "Replika" only.
We accurately followed all original details during reproducing. High-quality buttons are sewn, buttonholes' treatment as on German originals. The model features straight-cut pocket flaps and elbow reinforcements. Pockets are accessible from both winter and summer side. Pocket valves are 4-pointed, as usual for the winter uniform of the Wehrmacht. Glass (plastic) buttons on winter side (white respectively), and shaped granular aluminum — on the pockets, Feldgrau color painted. The cuff is adjustable with a strap and 2 buttons.
Parka is ink marked: the manufacturer's code (RB.-Nr.) and the date of production (1943). Also the size by the German system is marked: I (small, for Russian sizes 48-50), II and III (large).
These jackets are for cold autumn weather and for winter to -10 degrees. They are not designed for long standing in the cold (guard duty), it is assumed that the person in the jacket moves (walk, run). They perfectly keep from the wind. There is a special mirror flap, so the wind is not blown through the front bar. You should wear a scarf on the neck, however, because the jackets have open neck. The Germans wore a field jacket (sometimes a sweater with the neck) and toque (wool pipe for the neck) along with this winter jacket. Therefore, the jacket was specially made without neck protection.
Exactly this jacket (in Splinter camo) does not get wet in the rain for a very long time, because the fabric has a waterproof treatment from the inside. The top layer of fabric can become damp, however moisture will not reach the insulation, the jacket stay dry inside.
How to choose size?
You can choose the size remotely by choosing the size of the table itself. You will need a flexible meter or at least a rope. Measure similar winter jacket that fits you. Size description:
• Chest around — the recommended bare chest circumference if you wear the parka over a sweater and a field jacket; in brackets — the maximum chest circumference that will fit into a jacket of this size (without sweater and jacket).
• Flat between armpits — the breast of the jacket measured flat between armpits; the same size is maximum waist size if waist strap is fully dissolved.
• Sleeve lenght — from the shoulder seam down.
• From neck to bottom — from the collar seam down.
• Shoulder lenght — from the collar to the shoulder seam.
• Between shoulders — the width of the shoulders between the sleeve seams; along the shoulder seams, and behind the neck.
All measurements are in centimeters. Devide numbers to 2,54 to have inches.
You can choose a size from those we have in stock. If your size is not available, means it's not in stock now.
Size of jackets is suitable to the size of the pants, i.e. buy the jacket and pants in one size. If you wear size 52, then you need to buy 52, you shouldn't take the next larger size "for the winter form", everything is already added. The normal height for the jackets and pants is 180 cm. The height is not so unimportant for pants, because they are worn over boots (or tucked inside). Germans generally had only 3 sizes. We did 5, considering the requirements of the modern reenactor.
How to wash?
During the war, Germans noticed that the cuffs and collar on the white side get dirty quickly. They came to the conclusion that better to make the jacket one-sided and to wear white, easy to wash camouflage over it. By the end of the war, these jackets really became one-sided (usually it was Swamp camouflage).
Better not to wash any winter clothes in the machine, because over time it will lose shape. It is best to put it in the bathtub, apply detergent to contaminated areas, rub with a sponge or brush and rinse with a shower, trying not to wet the jacket entirely. To refresh, the jacket can be washed in the machine in a delicate or synthetic wash.
The jacket has firm insulation inside: cloth made of fibers of cotton, wool, etc., it is washed well and doesn't creep.
White fabric contains synthetic fibers and this is a plus for the modern consumer, because it is easier to clean. By the way, the original fabric for these jackets contained a large amount of viscose in its composition. When wet in the rain, the fabric became very weak, and from washing rapidly lost shape. In addition, the fabric was usually lightweight and not dense (in contrast fabric for the Zeltbahns). Our fabric has much better consumer properties.
The original of this jacket (in good condition) cost more than $1000 among collectors.
The Splinter (Splittertarn) camouflage officially appeared in 1931 and was like the Italian camouflage of the late 1920s, only the spots were sharp. Sharp spots were used by the Germans in camouflage schemes in the Navy and on helmets at the end of the First World war. At first glance, the camouflage did not change until the end of its production. In fact, the changes took place: the shape of the spots slightly changed on fabric produced around 1940 and on. By the end of the war, the "rain" on camouflage became rare and didn't already form clear acute-angled areas. A blurred "Splinter" was made on the basis of the original "Splinter" in 1943, and then "Marsh" pattern.
German officers in the beginning of 1944. Two of them dressed in the winter jacket "Splinter" On the sleeve of the officer on the right (camouflage "Splinter" can be seen on the hood) sewn rare signs for camouflage clothing. Photo taken from the site en.wikipedia.org.