1st Pattern Jump Smock??

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    filupe
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    1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by filupe on Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:42 am

    My first decent post in years.  Hoping someone with more experience in this field can confirm my suspicions.  I recently obtained from the US this smock.  I believe it to be a 1st pattern SADF jump smock dating from the 1960s or 70s.  The wings are a bit of an enigma as it has US Master Para wings on the left breast and the older beret badge for the SADF para forces on the right breast, hence, I believe the smock and beret badge may have been gifted to a senior US paratrooper upon an official or unofficial visit to South Africa or perhaps during an international parachutists meet.  I've also turned the smock inside out - there are no markings or tags whatsoever.







    Detail of US 'Master Blaster' wings show a unusual construction - my guess is that it was constructed in Thailand.



    Below are some construction details:










    Happy to answer any questions pertaining to smock, however, please note it is NOT FOR SALE.  Thanks.

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    Re: 1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by James K on Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:24 pm

    Not my specialist area BUT for it to be original the zip would have to be a replacement as I doubt if nylon zip fasteners were sufficiently developed in the 60's 70's.  There were no official visits by US forces to SA in this period but the possibility of a para meet swap is fair. The under sleeve vents are more encouraging as I can't see some faker making that much effort.

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    Re: 1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by zvez on Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:10 pm

    not sure that's SADF smock. and of course the beret badge is an add on. and from a later period than 60-70s - more consistent with an 80s SA beret patch.

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    Re: 1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by Camonut314 on Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:09 pm

    Hi! What you have is indeed an SADF smock, although these were almost exclusively used for training in the 60's-70's as far as I can ascertain. Badges I am not so sure on, but the one on the right I believe is South West African.

    Here is my smock, complete with label. It did have a plastic zipper originally, but it was broken for obvious reasons! So I replaced it with a us-made one. Hope label is legible, but it does say "Made in South Africa". And here is a ref pic too, enjoy Very Happy






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    Re: 1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by Camonut314 on Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:12 pm

    *Sorry, I meant badge on the left.

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    Re: 1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by loski on Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:10 am

    The Badge on the left is a SADF 1 Para beret badge the SANDF version does not have the SAI scroll beneath the bokkop.

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    Re: 1st Pattern Jump Smock??

    Post by filupe on Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:05 pm

    Thanks to all who replied, particularly Camonut314. Our smocks have a few minor detail differences but are definitely related! The tag is interesting .. I wonder if there is any connection to the Heritage labels sometimes seen in Rhodesian shirt tags. The name 'Henochsberg' is familiar also as a manufacturer of later Nutria clothing. A friend showed me a picture of his Rhodesian jump smock which is also a similar khaki colour but quite definite airborne features i.e. knitted cuffs and beaver tail.

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