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French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock
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French Army Tap 47/53 Parachute Smock

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The French colonial war in Indochina was the last war in which paratroopers would see regular use, and at points there was as many as one jump per week. This gave the French some time to refine the designs for their jump gear. A rapid succession of design updates would through from 1947 to 1952 led to this, the Tap 47/53. This smock was actually not made for use in Indochina, the soldiers there being supplied with 51 and 52 versions, but for use in Europe & Algeria. None the less, some examples did make there way to Vietnam and there are photos of them in use there.

Similar to the 52 smock, this retains the crotch 'fork' however the closures for the cuffs and waist changed, with a buttoned cuff and buckled waist. Only produced for a year and often worn to death, finding one in this condition is rare indeed.

Condition

Appears deadstock and unissued, literally perfect. Also features two different dye sets on the front panels!

Size

  • Tagged a 49 and fits like a modern large - XL
  • Pit to pit 29"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 23"
  • Shoulder to cuff 24"
  • Collar to hem 31"