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French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock
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French Army Tap 47/54 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  51, 52, and 53 would lead to this, the last version from the French time in Vietnam, the TAP 47/54. By this point the beaver tail and rear pockets had been removed, but the angled front pockets would remain. Often these are seen with Israeli markings, but this is a through and through French example with the correct Armee stamps on the inside.

Condition

This is in great condition, absolutely amazing shape. The main zipper came broken so I've changed that up for a period correct 1950s British Aero zipper (the correct Eclair and Ailee zippers are impossible to find). Otherwise, she's complete solid! The camo is a pale green, dark green, orange variant giving it a lovely warm golden colour!

Size

  • Tagged a 39 and fits like a modern large
  • Pit to pit 27"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 22"
  • Shoulder to cuff 23.5"
  • Collar to hem 29"