BACKGROUND: The German army utilized a wide variety of headgear including the visor, overseas and M43 field caps. All soft headgear of the era featured some sort of insignia with early patterns having the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era oval black, red and gold national cockade which was replaced with a circular national cockade in black, white, and red on March 14TH 1933 and was utilized through-out the Third Reich period on all soft caps with minor manufacturing variations. The variations included stamped alloy, hand embroidered and machine woven cockades. Generally the national tri-color cockade for wear on the EM/NCO’s overseas and M43 field caps were machine woven, first on a dark blue/green base, (circa 1934), then later, on a field-grey base, (circa 1939), while Officer’s versions were embroidered in bright silver/aluminum wire threads. A machine woven version in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads was also utilized by Officer’s but was also very popular with senior NCO’s. From March 1940 Panzer, (Armored), personnel were issued with black overseas caps and from June 1943 with black M43 field caps. As a result of the black headgear, cap insignia was produced on a black base.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Machine woven, national tri-color cockade features a black, outer circle, encompassing a silver flat wire, inner circle and a red center dot mounted on a woven, black rayon base. Nice.

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $99.00

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