H013790 EM/NCO'S M40 TROPICAL FIELD CAP. (M40 Afrikamütze)
BACKGROUND: In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, tropical uniforms headgear and equipment were quickly developed and issued in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnel’s arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. The M41 tropical field cap was introduced in early 1941 and design of the cap was loosely based on the Mountain Troopers, Bergmütze with minor variations. Officer ranks caps were distinguished from EM/NCO’s with silver piping for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt piping for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall while EM/NCO’s ranks caps were not piped. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), and originally the M41 tropical field caps had a branch of service soutache applied to the front consisting of an inverted "V" encompassing the national tri-color cockade but regulations of July 10TH 1942 abolished the use of the soutache and instructed it to be removed from the caps, although the directive was not strictly adhered to.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1942 dated tropical Heer EM M40 cap, clearly stamped with manufacturer details of Schlessiche Mutzenfabrik Frankentstein. Period worn for an extended period to time, with sun fading to the exterior and sweat stains to the interior. The coloured soutache to the caps peak has been period removed as per instructions in late 1942. Tri-colour cockade is still factory stitched though the national insignia has been neatly restored. Very appealing appearance.
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