Wednesday, March 24, 2010
BGS Cammo Smock, Rain Apron
I picked up a vintage BGS camo rain smock on eBay a few days ago and it arrived today. WooHooo! This smock dates to the early 1960's and is in nearly brand new condition. With the exception of initials on the tag and the familiar storage scent, you would never know it wasn't new right out of the package. It's made of nylon with a "rubber" coating on the back side, both sides open with snap tabs, and great German pebble finished buttons. This camo design is nearly identical to the WW2 German Army Sumpftarn camouflage. These smocks were designed to replace the camo zeltbahn (shelter half - poncho), for wear in the field. It appears that this rain smock was only used for a very few years by the BGS and that it was based on a "last ditch" version that was produced by Germany at the very end of WW2 to inexpensively and quickly outfit their troops with camo.
*Note*: The narrative has been updated and corrected. I have since learned much more about the BGS camo and uniforms, and after reading the latest comment, decided that I had better go back and "get some things right"!
I'll keep this folded under the ammo box on the back of the BGS bike......... just in case :)