Ultra Rare Museum Piece. WW2 SOE/ OSS Hand-painted Waxed Camo Windproof "Striptease" Jumpsuit.

Ultra Rare Museum Piece. WW2 SOE/ OSS Hand-painted Waxed Camo Windproof "Striptease" Jumpsuit.

1,500.00

A very, very special piece of military/ clothing history. This suit was found in the late 50’s by a farmer along the boarder of Czechoslovakia. These hand-painted camouflage suits were issued to SOE/ OSS agents (British/ American Special Agents) to be worn over their civilian clothing when dropped behind enemy lines during WW2 (and needless to say, are one of the rarest military garments ever made).

”Suits made by the British Special Operations Executive were adopted and used by the US Office of Strategic Services. Suit was designed to drop secret agents behind enemy lines in local civilian attire to gather intelligence, coordinate local resistance, establish communications networks and other tasks. Once on the ground the suit would be removed. The agent would then pull out the spade and bury the suit and parachute. “

All buttons and zippers have had their country of original markings removed. The front leg features a pistol pocket, the sleeve features a knife pocket. Inside the suit there is an internal backpack for survival kit, and pockets that would house a spade and handle. Upon landing, the agent was to use this shovel to bury the suit, and proceed to carry out their mission in civilian clothing.

A fascinating piece of history; this garment would lend itself perfectly to being a display piece, or to be studied for it’s incredible design details.

Obvious signs of wear/ damage due to actual special agent use in the field.

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