Camouflage utilized by the Waffen-SS

The camouflage smock and helmet cover are the Waffen-SS symbols.   It separates the LAH from the Wehrmacht at a glance.  Over the years, the LAH has strived to maintain standardization over the wide selection of camouflage patterns now available.

The following are examples of Camouflage utilized by the Waffen-SS.  Not all of the examples below are approved for the LAH reenactment Unit.

Camouflage Smocks (Tarnjacken)

There are currently two general patterns of smocks authorized in the LAH.  Both are constructed of lightweight canvas or cotton duck material.  Some may be waterproofed. Both patterns will be of the reversible type with an approved Spring camo pattern on one side and an approved Fall pattern on the other.   Both patterns have elastic waist bands, elastic cuffs, and a drawstring front closure. 

M38/40 PATTERN SMOCKS

The M38/40 pattern has a shorter skirt than the M42 patterns and also has two vertical slash type openings on the left and right sides of the chest covered with a straight cut pocket flap.  The pocket flap is sometimes secured with dish pan type button. It may or may not have foliage loops.

 Palm/Forest

       

 Oak A

         

Oak B

   

 Overprint/Plane Tree Nr 1/2

          

Overprint/Plane Tree Nr 5/6

         

Blurred Edge

          

 

M42 PATTERN TYPE I/ II SMOCKS

The M42 pattern smocks come in two types.  Both are made the same way except type 1 has the lower pockets at a horizontal and the type 2 the pockets are angled for easier access. The M42 patterns have a slightly longer skirt than the M38/40 and have two reversible pockets.  These pockets are also covered by a straight cut pocket flap and secured by a dish pan type button.  This model should have foliage straps and not have the side chest opening.

 

Oak A

       

Oak B

        

Blurred Edge

   

Overprint/Plane Tree Nr.1/2

         

Overprint/Plane Tree Nr. 5/6

           


Camouflage Helmet Cover (Stahlhelmbezuge)

Two patterns of helmet covers are authorized in the LAH.  They are from the same material as the smocks and are also reversible.  The helmet cover of both patterns are secured to the sides and rear of the helmet by means of rocker style clips.  The front edge of the cover is secured by a reinforced lip of material which overhangs the bill of the helmet.  The type 1 pattern cover does not have loops installed for attaching foliage. The type 2 pattern does.  Drawstring style helmet covers are not authorized.

1st Pattern Palm Helmet Cover

   

1st Pattern Blurred Edge Helmet Cover

     

1st Pattern Plane Tree 5/6 Helmet Cover

   

1st Pattern Oak Helmet Cover

2nd Pattern Plane Tree 1/2 Helmet Cover

 

2nd Pattern Oak A Helmet Cover

   

2nd Pattern Oak B Helmet Cover

   

2nd Pattern Blurred Edge Helmet Cover

   

Field Modified Camouflage Tunics

 

Blurred Edge (top left) and Oak (top right) made from a zeltbahn material. Camouflage uniforms are authorized for use in the LAH as they were authorized by the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS during the war.  All uniforms must be constructed of an approved camouflage pattern, material and M-1943 style. It is authorized for the rank of Oberscharführer and above in the field. Camouflage tunics will not be adorned with any insignia except for either camouflage sleeve rank or sleeve eagle. Shoulder boards are optional with the sleeve eagle. Bottle green collars are not authorized.

44 Dot

44 DOT Camo Uniform (only at approved events)

First issued in March 1944, this new camouflage tunic and trousers were made out of an HBT material and was a radical new step for the Waffen SS to produce one uniform (with camo) so that members of the Waffen SS could be issued this uniform and not have to be issued a camouflage smock (material shortage)  This two piece uniform was designed to be worn over the wool service uniform or by itself and was designated as both a combat and work uniform. The only insignia authorized to be worn on the Dot pattern tunic is the sleeve eagle and shoulder boards. Sleeve rank insignia may be worn as it was authorized for wool tunics. If camouflage rank insignia is worn, it will be the only insignia worn on the tunic. Only pin style awards may be worn on the breast pockets.  Ribbon bars, Iron cross buttonhole ribbons and similar sew on insignia are not authorized.
 

 

 

 

Dot 44 pics courtesy of GMAX.

Dot 44 pics courtesy of 1944 militaria

And numerous pics from Rollin and ATF.