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British Airborne Forces Denison camo smock

Article about: Hi Guys, the "Denison smock" was the trade mark item along with the Red Beret of British Airborne forces in WW2. Worn by all Paratroopers, airlanding forces, glider pilots and by l

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    theres a very intresting denison in the airborne museam at pegasus bridge in normandy. it belonged to one of the officers that took part in the attack if i remember. the label can be seen as its just under the back of the collar inside, the label says denison smock air ministry..... its in a weird material almost silk like with the white cordroy collar lineing and full length zip i did have some photo's of it but i cannot find them


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    Hi Lee, I know the type you mean. Rare and very desirable!

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Major Denison was the inventor of the camouflage pattern not the smock designer, he was a member of Oliver Messel's camouflage unit.

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    There are numerous modifications to the Para Smock, most of them made by the individual or by the unit tailor: see my post in the "British Denison smocks" thread

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    I know the Denison smock your talking about at Pegasus Airborne Museum, i believe its made from a very fine linen material, but i think it wasnt fully adopted due to the lack of hard wearing capability, nontheless a very nice piece of kit

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    Dave:

    Sounds like some personal touch. Not a good idea to give a potential enemy something to strangle you with in CQB.

    We always wore a face veil at the thrat rather than zip up completely.

    PG

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    I quite agree, my pal who was in 3 para couldnt help me either, but he also suggested that the top zip might have been removed and replaced with a draw string although we couldnt fathom why, perhaps it was done by my dads cousin, who knows?

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