Currently, photos taken with the phone's camera are available. They give a general idea of the color and details. More beautiful professional photos will be taken later.
The parka is made of natural fabric with linen weaving (cotton duck, such as a tent). Such fabric protects from wind and water the best. The fabric has an invisible and imperceptible water-repellent impregnation on the white and camouflage side. The rain rolls down from it.
The camouflage pattern is carefully copied: this is the work of of our Replika shop team. The fabric was made exclusively for our Replika shop and used for our winter jackets; it is not sold anywhere except reenact.store. The colors of the camouflage are copied from the autumn side of the original Zeltbahn (German cape-tent). The Zelt was opened at the seam to see the real non-faded colors as they were when the item was new.
The white color of the fabric does not have a blue tint and is something between white and harsh (the color of unpainted fabric, ivory colour). Our white color repeats the shade that existed in the mid-twentieth century, when modern bleach was not yet used. Perfectly masks in the snow.
Inside the insulation from recycled clothing is used, as it was in the originals. The Germans collected the old uniforms, as well as civilian clothes (including trophy and confiscated) and recycled it, getting a cloth like a loose blanket. The composition of such insulation varied due to the heterogeneity of the raw materials. In general, winter suits were not very warm. They had to be worn over a shirt, a cloth uniform and a sweater (a multilayer military uniform system is used to date). In a full suit, it is comfortable down to -15 degrees Celsius, however, this is not enough for guard duty (long inactivity), for this there were a special overcoat and guard boots.
The parka is made on the model of early jackets, that is, without reinforcements on the elbows, without tucks on the hood, with metal buttons. These began to be produced at the end of 1943, in preparation for the winter of 1943/44. And by the following winter, "elbow patches" appeared and the metal buttons were replaced with cheaper plastic ones.
We were attentive to the details, found and copied even insignificant and inconspicuous at first glance.
The pockets of jackets were 4-point in the Heer.
These jackets have ink stamps of the manufacturer (company name + city) and size (numbers 1, 2 or 3, respectively).
How to choose the size?
In the product photo: size II (medium) is worn on a person who usually wears Russian size 54 or XL, 2XL. Height 187 cm, chest 105 cm, girth 96 cm. The parka is worn over a thin pullover, without a field jacket.
54 или XL, 2XL. Рост 187 см, грудь 105 см, обхват живота 96 см. Парка надета поверх летнего комплекта, как положено.
The size of the jacket fits the size of the pants, that is, the jacket and pants must be bought in the same size. If you wear a tunic of size L, then you need to buy a winter jacket L (that is, size II), you should not add the size "for the winter", everything has already been added. The standart height for the jackets and pants is 182 cm. This affects the length of the sleeves for jackets and the length of the legs for pants. German winter jackets were of three sizes: small, medium and large; we did the same. German winter jackets are made wide enough not to fetter a soldier and to fit different body-shapes; this must be understood if you are not buying a jacket for reenactment, but for civilian use.
Canadian soldiers in Merksem, Belgium (near Antwerp), seizing the unifroms warehouses of the factory Reitz. The terrain is flat, rugged by rivers, the weather is windy and cold: Canadians are insulated as they can. Pay attention to the ratio of length and width of German winter jackets. Photo source: National Archives of Canada and the book of V. Palinckx "Camouflage uniforms of the German Wehrmacht."
You can choose the size without trying. You will need a flexible meter or at least a rope. Measure a similar winter jacket that suits you. Designations:
• Chest around — the recommended bare chest girth for a given jacket size (taking into account that you will wear it over a sweater and tunic); in brackets there is the maximum girth of the chest, which will fit into a jacket of this size (without a sweater and tunic).
• Plain chest — of the jacket under the armpits when the waistband is completely loose.
• Sleeve length — from the shoulder seam down in a straight line.
• Back height — from the hood bottom stitch down in a straight line.
• Shoulder — from hood bottom to the sleeve seam.
• The width of the shoulders — between the sleeves' seams along the shoulder seams, behind the neck.
|Size of the parka||Russian, international size|
|Plain chest||Sleeve length||Back height||Shoulder||The width of the shoulders|
|I||48-50, S-M||up to 100 (110)||66||60||75||17||53|
|II||52-54, L-XL||up to 110 (120)||70||64||78||19||57|
|III||56-58, 2XL-3XL||up to 120 (130)||74||68||81||21||62|
You can choose the size that is in stock. If the required size cannot be selected, then it is (already) out of stock.
How to care for the product?
The soldiers at the front did not have the opportunity to wash their jackets (especially in the washing machine). After the winter (or in the case of taking the unit to rest in the deep rear), they handed the winter uniform over, and the rear services cleaned, sorted and stored it. Therefore, washing the winter uniform in the washing machine is an extreme measure. To get started, you just need to wash the jacket with a sponge or a soft brush with soap or detergent for natural fabrics in those places where it is dirty (usually this is the neck and cuffs). You can wash off the detergent with a jet of water (shower in the bathroom, for example).
The use of bleach (stain remover) is permissible only manually on the white side and on a dry jacket. So you can return the whiteness to the cuffs and other dirty areas. However, if bleach seeps onto the camouflage side (for example, through a seam), white spots will forever remain. It is unacceptable to wash the entire jacket in bleach!
Washing a jacket is the removal of contaminants from external surfaces; inside the jacket there is nothing to wash. If you decide to save time and wash in a machine, then select the delicate washing mode at a temperature of no higher than 40 degrees. The jacket will not deteriorate, the color will not fade, however, the jacket will slightly lose its shape and will no longer look like new.