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Guide Lines For those of you with a Denison Smock for sale

Before you invite strangers into your home we recommend the following.

1) Check their credentials .Are they professionals, does their website display a VAT number (U.K.) or a Max Certified Dealer Badge (USA)?.Professional looking websites are now inexpensive to build, they can be operated from an iPhone from inside a prison (Fact), a Summer camp ,Bar, or by school Kids operating from Mum and Dads residential address!.

 2) If you have a Denison smock for sale always request a guide estimate of the likely range of prices interested parties are prepared to pay you.

This can be achieved by supplying photographs /images first or offering a good description.

Do not risk putting your self  in the uncomfortable position of being pressured.

3) You should be offered and accept no less than 75% of the market value when you have a Denison Smock for sale.

4) Cash is hard to get!

Don’t get ripped off by a greedy bully who pushes for an appointment to visit you immediately! before you have prepared exactly what will be going and what your bottom price is.

5) Show absolutely no sympathy to advertisers who claim to be passionate collectors.

This is usually criminal deception, advertising is expensive  such advertisers are buying to sell on !.

 5) If you have a Denison Smock for sale consider contacting a dealer with a main  street store, a V.A.T. number (U.K.) or one who is a member of a (trade association USA)..

Don’t be a plumb, sell to a specialist and who has an established reputation to uphold.

Such enterprises have customers waiting and will be able pay the prices you have researched.

 Definition and history of the WW2 Denison Smock 

Denison Smocks were camouflaged overalls issued to and worn by amongst others

 the parachute regiment during the second world war

The purpose of the smock was to prevent snagging as troops exited aircraft when executing a jump

airborne troops preferred to wear the smocks under their webbing once they had landed.

1st Pattern Denison Smock for Sale

The smock was made from loose-fitting, yellowish-sand coloured, heavyweight twill material, allegedly hand-painted with broad, mop like brushes using non-colour-fast dyes in broad pea green and dark brown stripes, or “brush-strokes”. With use the base colour faded to a sandy buff, and the overlaid shades gained a blended appearance. The colours of the 1st pattern smock were thought to best suit the wearer to the North African and Italian theatres. It had a half length zip fastener made of steel, knitted woollen cuffs, four external pockets that secured with brass snaps (two on the chest and two below the waist), two internal pockets on the chest, and epaulettes that secured with plastic battle dress buttons. The inside of the collar was lined with soft khaki flannel (or in senior officer’s smocks, Angora wool). A “beaver tail” fastened beneath the crotch from the back to the front of the smock – which kept it from riding up during a parachute descent. When not used, the tail would hang down behind the wearer’s knees, hence the nickname “men with tails”, given by the Arabs in North Africa in 1942. The smock was styled as a very loose garment, since it would be worn over Battledress  but it could be adjusted to some extent with tightening tabs on both sides of the lower part of the smock.

The smock was most commonly associated with British and Commonwealth airborne forces  and the S.A.S Regiment, after the Normandy landings but its initial use was by members of the SOE parachuted or landed into enemy teretory between 1941 and 1944. In the early smocks the colours were meant to be impermanent and wash out, leaving the garment looking like a typical French artisan or labourer’s chemesie  and thus, hopefully, aiding the wearer’s Escape and Evasion chances. As the newly formed Airborne Forces expanded, so the need for smocks grew, meaning that they were by now screen printed for easier production.

For use by Airborne troops, the Denison was worn over the battledress and under the webbing, with a sleeveless green denim over-smock being worn over the ensemble to prevent rigging lines snagging in the webbing and causing a ‘chute malfunction. This sleeveless smock had a long external zip (often removed and used to make the half-zip Denisons full zip), a monkey tail that press studded to the outside front of the over-smock and two elasticated open pockets on the lower front which were to hold grenades for use whilst in the air or immediately upon landing. After a successful parachute landing fall, the over-smock was discarded.

2nd Pattern

The 1st Pattern smock design was replaced in 1944 by a second pattern which had buttoning tabs at the cuffs and brass snap fasteners to stow the tail flap on the back of the jacket when not needed. Other detail differences included reduced length and tube shaped rather than tapered sleeves. In order to make it more wind-proof, the tops of woollen socks were often sewn to the cuffs. The half-length zip fastener on this smock was made of brass. The colours of the 2nd pattern also differed from those of the earlier smocks, the base colour varying from a light to a medium olive combination, with overlying brush strokes of reddish brown and dark olive green. These colours were thought better suited to the North Western European theatre.

Denisons of either pattern issued to officers had woollen collar linings. By the time of the Normandy  air drops, some officers had had their jackets modified with a full length zip by their personal tailors, since this was not available on the issue item. Wartime photographs show that some other ranks had their smocks serviced the same way by the unit tailor. The zip was most commonly removed from the 1942 Parachutist’s Over-smock, a longer, sleeveless, fully zipped jump-jacket, made of a grey-green denim material that was worn under the parachute harness, but over everything else (including the Denison). This Parachutist’s Over-smock also featured a tail flap and its sole intention was to prevent the paratroopers equipment from snagging while emplaned or during a jump. It was to be discarded on landing. The over-smock had capacious elasticated pockets on the skirt, intended as a safer way to carry grenades These pockets were sometimes removed and added to the Denisons as well.

A sniper’s variant of the Denison smock is known, in effect an issue smock with a specialized pocket (approximately 10″ x 10″) added to the left rear in which could be carried food & water, maps, ammunition, and other small equipment. Modifications were done at the unit level and known examples all vary from one sample to the next.

High-ranking officers (see photographs) could buy a privately made version of the Denison. Made from a lighter-weight gaberdine material, it had a full zip and a draw cord at the waist and a white wool liner to the collar. Frequently seen worn by General Montgomery and General ‘Boy’ Browning, OC Airborne Troops. The Royal Marines used a version which had the half zip replaced with buttons and loops for fastening the opening.

A waterproof Denison in waxed dark green material was also very rarely found during the War.