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Smock Camouflage - the final stage of the Denison


Bill_Carman
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This is a nice example of a final production stage Denison smock. A British corporal gave it to me after we consumed way too many Heinekens. The Brits were billeted on our Kaserne and REFORGER 77 was winding up. I've had it ever since.

 

Thanks for looking.

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numbersix

The Smock Camouflage, the successor to the 1959 Pattern Smock Denison, was contracted for production first in 1968, with yearly production contracts involving different manufacturers until 1974. I have not found a contract number after the 1974 HE Textiles A/78/CLO/42680/ contract.

 

Manufacturers of the Smock Camouflage include James Smith & Co (1968, 1970, 1971, 1972), Cookson & Clegg (1969), BMC(1971), HE Textiles (1973, 1974).

 

HE Textiles made the A/78/CLO/40848 Smock Camouflage in 1973, they also made A/78/CLO/42680/ Smock Camouflage in 1974. As far as I can tell HE Textiles was the only manufacturer for these production years.

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As an update to the previous post I have found that HE Textiles also manufactured the Smock Camouflage in 1975 with contract number A/78/CLO/47430/CB(CT)4B, which makes 1975 the latest production year for this smock that I have found so far.

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Very welcome, though I should emphasise that this is the latest manufacturing contract I have yet found for the Denison type smock, there could be a later one as I have some gaps in my contract number list. However, I have read that the Denison type camouflage smock was replaced by a DPM type full zip smock in the mid 1970s.  This would fit chronologically;  I believe the DPM fulll zip smock for Paratroopers was first manufactured in 1976 as the "Smock Camouflage Windproof" made by HE Textiles, contract number A/78/CLO/48344/CB(CT)4B. 

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Sorry, I made an error: it is not the "Smock Camouflage Windproof" made by HE Textiles, contract number A/78/CLO/48344/CB(CT)4B. Rather it is "Smock Parachutist's", made by F. Fryer & Co Ltd, contract number A/78/CLO/49988/CB(CT)4B, manufactured in 1976. This is the earliest contract number for the DPM camouflage replacement to the Denison type smock that I have found so far.

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snake36bravo

Kia Khaha - How do you determine the date? I've been after one from the 60s and am curious. I know the actual camo pattern changed. I've always wondered how to decipher the tags.

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snake36bravo
55 minutes ago, snake36bravo said:

Kia Khaha - How do you determine the date? I've been after one from the 60s and am curious. I know the actual camo pattern changed. I've always wondered how to decipher the tags.

Kia Kaha - sorry

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Snake I don’t know, hoping you could tell me! This smock is from late 1990s - 2005 the earlier ones where a different shade of light green base and without the first aid pouch on the arm.

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