Often erroneously referred to as a gunner smock, these sets are actually anti-gas garments, designed to be worn tightly sealed around a gas-mask. This is the earlier design with the really amazing button up neck and hood - definitely one of the most futurist garments of WW2! What many people may not know, is that these saw pretty extensive use with the US Navy on D-Day. I would assume that the Navy were worried about gas being used to repel the invasion force, and there are a lot of photos of these being worn by USN deck crews who would have been exposed should chemical weapons have been used. This particular example not only comes with the rare button smock, but also includes the very hard to find overall pants to complete the set.
The smock is in great shape, very clean with only a little light red marking. The pants show more signs of use with some paint marks - actually showing the typical red and grey paint marks seen on other navy garments - the red being the anti-corrosion undercoat, and they typical navy grey! There is no damage of repairs.
- The smock is tagged a medium and fits like a medium large
- Pit to pit 26"
- Shoulder to shoulder 20"
- Shoulder to cuff 26"
- Collar to hem 25"
- The pants are tagged a size 1
- They fit me well at 6"1 and 34" waist
- Waist 38"
- Inside leg 31"
- Outside leg 44.5"