After the war, the Denison continued to be used by the Paras, evolving into the Pattern 1959 version. The type of smock on this page have been unofficially called “Pattern 1946” by collectors (source: ) since they retain much of the WW2 era 2nd pattern’s features such as the half zip and snaps in the back for the crotch flap, a redundant feature meant to keep the smock from riding up during parachuting.

Sample 1:

Yellowed base twill typical of post-war Denison smocks.  Precursor to Pattern 59 version.


1954 date.


Armpit Ventilation:


Crotchflap and Snaps:

The crotchflap, also called the “beaver tail”, was added due to concerns that the smock would float up during parachuting. In actual use, this did not happen due to the webbing worn over the smock and the tail was often cut off since it got in the way. Some parachute smocks like the French TAP 47/54 and 47/56 models entirely omit the tail. All snaps on this smock are “Newey” marked.


Internal pockets on side of zipper.

Color Balanced Swatches: