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WHAT ABOUT THE SS WHITE SMOCK CAMO FILE ___________________________________________

A) THE WHITE SMOCK

I already told you all about the reasons that led to the design of the first cold weather field uniform (see"SS HEAVY WINTER SUIT SKIN" at http://bf1942files.com/file.info?ID=11460 )

The heavy parka and paddy trousers were created for two main purposes:

1- To protect Eastern Front troopers against one of the worst ennemy encountered by all the invaders who attempted to conquer Russia, from the Teutonic knights to Napoleon's "grognards": Cold and windy russian Winter.

2- To accomodate the soldiers by making their silhouette a little more discreet: Winter camouflage.

Needles to say, feldgrau on white snow was kind of contrasting, and the Russians took advantage of the situation more than once.

The first winter camo smocks were in fact no smock at all! A white pillow case or a blanket would fill the blank by providing a primitive but effective solution to most german soldiers'problems. Pictures of infantery and artillery men wearing such hideous but handy outfits over issued great coats can be found in both books and across the WWW.

But Winter was not an ennemy of an equal importance on other Fronts:in Western Europe, cold weather was not as bity as it was in Russia. Even more, German government was not interested in investing too much time and money in producing costy Winter outfits (well, the Parkas were not even widely distributed among the troops who needed them the most!)

A clever and cheap solution was found: Reversible smocks.

Camo smock with foliage pattern on one side (usually autumn - for season convenience ) were left white on the flip side.

German troops (mainly SS) used it thtoughout 1942 - 1945. Most of the white camouflage devices used during the Battle of the Bulge (and in the following weeks) were either official or custom made smocks.

B) GAITERS AND ANKLE BOOTS

A Czeck once told me: "When the Germans invaded our country, even their privates and corporals were dressing better than our generals: long black boots, fashionable tunics, ... then, few years later, we saw them sending back new teenage soldiers wearing low ankle boots, gaiters and short olive-drab tunics: we were convinced from that moment that War would end soon".

He was so right! With the Allies now daily bombing and the increasing rate of major defeats, Hitler's staff was running low on EVERY resources, including even leather and fabric.

The long black boots were gradually replaced by ankle boot and gaiters. The M44 tunic came in existence around the same time. That feldbluse was directly inspired by the british battledress and shows a dramatic change in German uniform tradition.

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MY VERSION OF THE WHITE SMOCK for BATTLEFIELD 1942 __________________________________________________

A) White smock

Basically a camo smock, laced up on the chest, with no buttons, except for the to lower pocket flaps. I've decide to "open" the top a bit so we can get a glimpse of the Feldgrau tunic.

B) Ankle boots & gaiters

The ankle boots (with laces) are replacing the regular jackboots to depict the changes that took place within the German army during the post D-Day era. Assorted gaiters with correct buckles were also consequently added.

C) Hobnails We now have an accurate look for our troopers, from head to..the heels!

D) SS RUNES

I finally decided to replace the good lokking DAS REICH rune with original SS runes: as suggested by Jingo, The 1st and the 3rd SS divisions (LAH & Totenkofp) as well as the foreign SS volunteers (like the Wiking division, the Prinz Eugen divison, the Charlemagne division etc...) wore specific collar patches. As I WAS NOT able to locate any PHOTOGRAPHIC evidence of an equivalent use of it's own rune by the Das Reich Division, I've decided to replace it. I will back off if any of you guys find the proof I've been looking for, otherwise...

E) GERMAN RED CROSS - NEWS!

As I located the correct shields for the medic stahlhelm I suddenly faced a dilemma: wich side to choose? The Eagle shield looked great, but the RED CROSS on it was rather discreet... On the other hand, the RED CROSS shield with a swastika in the center was a little dull... Let's face it: all SS skins designers (including myself) almost automatically choose to display the SS shield rather than it's opposite (swastika). The same goes for the Whermacht soldiers who, 9 times out of 10, are featuring the EAGLE SHIELD (instead of the national black-white-red decal). This time, I took the liberty to mix both sides to create a shield that shows both the Red Cross and the Eagle... I'm sticking to that solution unless you fellows ask me not to do so.

F) WHITE HELMET COVER (scout)

A brand new, realistic. white cloth helmet cover for all snipers out there! Complete with clipping and helmet showing.

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AQUILA'S SS  WHITE SMOCK - CAMO -  V.1.0
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COPYRIGHT FREE - please provide the following references when distributing
and / or editing:

Designed by Aquila, March 2003

caius_julius@hotmail.com


Then, add any personal info


THANKS


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INCLUDED:

A complete set of 12 DDS files to use with MERCILESS TEXTURE SET

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1 -HOW TO INSTALL-


A) You must install MERCILESS TEXTURE SET (available at bf1942files.com)


B) EXTRACT the included files in a temp (or permanent, so you can backup it on a CD-R) 

Ex: C:\DAS REICH BF42 skin\


C) Open your BF1942 folder, then locate the Texture sets:

Ex: (presumably) C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\TextureSets\BF1942\


D) You will see all BF1942 MAPS and options located in their respective Folder 

Ex:   Battle_of_the _Bulge
      Battleaxe
      Berlin
      Coral_Sea         etc...

E) To backup all your DDS files in a newly created sub-folder would be a VERY GOOD
   idea at this particular stage.

F) Extract your WINTER SUIT DDS in the appropriate folder (Ex: Battle of the Bulge). You 
   will be asked to confirm that you want to overwrite the existing files with your new DDS.

Ex: Do you want to replace the existing Germov_r.dds etc...

G) After MAKING SURE you backed up your original DDS files, overwrite with new one.

H) Start BATTLEFIELD 1942, select either MULTI or SINGLE player, select the map you just
   modified (in this case, Battle of the Bulge). Enjoy your new troops!

   
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WHAT ABOUT THE SS WHITE SMOCK CAMO FILE
___________________________________________


A) THE WHITE SMOCK


I already told you all about the reasons that led to the design of the first cold weather
field uniform (see"SS HEAVY WINTER SUIT SKIN" at http://bf1942files.com/file.info?ID=11460 )

The heavy parka and paddy trousers were created for two main purposes: 

1- To protect Eastern Front troopers against one of the worst ennemy encountered by
   all the invaders who attempted to conquer Russia,  from the Teutonic knights to
   Napoleon's "grognards": Cold and windy russian Winter.

2- To accomodate the soldiers by making their silhouette a little more discreet:
   Winter camouflage. 

Needles to say, feldgrau on white snow was kind of contrasting, and the Russians took
advantage of the situation more than once.

The first winter camo smocks were in fact no smock at all! A white pillow case or a blanket
would fill the blank by providing a primitive but effective solution to most 
german soldiers'problems. Pictures of infantery and artillery men wearing such hideous
but  handy outfits over issued great coats can be found in both books and across the WWW.

But Winter was not an ennemy of an equal importance on other Fronts:in Western Europe,
cold weather was not as bity as it was in Russia. Even more, German government was not
interested in investing too much time and money in producing costy Winter outfits (well,
the Parkas were not even widely distributed among  the troops who needed them the most!)

A clever and  cheap solution was found: Reversible smocks.  

Camo smock with foliage pattern on one side (usually autumn - for season convenience ) were 
left white on the flip side.

German troops (mainly SS) used it thtoughout 1942 - 1945. Most of the white camouflage 
devices used during the Battle of the Bulge (and in the following weeks) were either 
official or custom made smocks.


B) GAITERS AND ANKLE BOOTS

A Czeck once told me: "When the Germans invaded our country, even their privates
and corporals were dressing better than our generals: long black boots, fashionable tunics,
... then, few years later, we saw them sending back new teenage soldiers wearing low ankle boots,
gaiters and short olive-drab tunics: we were convinced from that moment that War would end soon".

He was so right! With the Allies now daily bombing and the increasing rate of major defeats, Hitler's 
staff was running low on  EVERY resources, including even leather and fabric.

The long black boots were gradually replaced by ankle boot and gaiters. The M44 tunic
came in existence around the same time. That feldbluse was directly inspired by the british
battledress and shows a dramatic change in German uniform tradition.




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MY VERSION OF THE WHITE SMOCK for BATTLEFIELD 1942
__________________________________________________


A) White smock

   Basically a camo smock, laced up on the chest, with no buttons, except for the to lower pocket flaps.
   I've decide to "open" the top a bit so we can get a glimpse of the Feldgrau tunic.


B) Ankle boots & gaiters 

   The ankle boots (with laces) are replacing the regular jackboots to depict the changes that
   took place within the German army during the post D-Day era. Assorted gaiters with correct
   buckles were also consequently added.


C) Hobnails
  
   We now have an accurate look for our troopers, from head to..the heels!


D) SS RUNES

   I finally decided to replace the good lokking DAS REICH rune with original SS runes: as suggested
   by Jingo, The 1st and the 3rd SS divisions (LAH & Totenkofp) as well as the foreign SS volunteers
   (like the Wiking division, the Prinz Eugen divison, the Charlemagne division etc...) wore specific
   collar patches. As I WAS NOT able to locate any PHOTOGRAPHIC evidence of an equivalent use of 
   it's own rune by the Das Reich Division, I've decided to replace it. I will back off if any  of
   you guys find  the proof I've been looking for, otherwise...


E) GERMAN RED CROSS - NEWS!

   As I located the correct shields for the medic stahlhelm I suddenly faced a dilemma: wich side
   to choose? The Eagle shield looked great, but the RED CROSS on it was rather discreet... On the 
   other hand, the RED CROSS shield with a swastika in the center was a little dull... Let's face it:
   all SS skins designers (including myself) almost automatically choose to display the SS shield rather
   than it's opposite (swastika). The same goes for the Whermacht soldiers who, 9 times out of 10, are
   featuring the EAGLE SHIELD (instead of the national black-white-red decal). This time, I took the 
   liberty to mix both sides to create a shield that shows both the Red Cross and the Eagle... I'm sticking
   to that solution unless you fellows ask me not to do so. 

F) WHITE HELMET COVER (scout)

   A brand new, realistic. white cloth helmet cover for all snipers out there! Complete with clipping and
   helmet showing.
   

 
 
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WHERE TO USE THAT SKIN?
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DEFINITELY A  B-A-T-T-L-E  O-F  T-H-E  B-U-L-G-E skin.


This is my last -german- "WINTER" skin in a while. 


Feel free to comment and suggest:

AQUILA

caius_julius@hotmail.com


March 11 2003





DISCLAIMER:
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NOTE: I DO NOT endorse nazism and / or fascism under any circumstamces. 
These graphics and historical informations were assembled  to provide alternate & 
historically accurate troop options for all fellow Battlefield 1942 players. 

The interest in WWII German military history, itself, is NOT an equivalent of right
wing political claims or Propaganda, the same way an  interest for Roman legions should 
not be considered to be a potential danger of popagating ideas about feeding lions at 
your local Zoo with christians!

















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