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French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition
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French Army Tap 47/54 Parachute Smock - Mint Condition

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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 piece are seen with Israeli markings, but this is a through and through French piece with the correct army stamps on the inside.

Condition

This is in mint condition, absolutely amazing shape, all zippers, poppers etc present and correct, no damage, clear stamps. It looks like the back has been darted at some point - modification to cut are very common with the stylish French forces! 

Size

  • Tagged a 39 and fits like a modern large
  • Pit to pit 27"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 22"
  • Shoulder to cuff 24"
  • Collar to hem 29"