N040982 NPEA/HJ OVERSEAS CAP. (Feldmütze)

BACKGROUND: As a result of the rapid expansion of the HJ there was a lack of trained personnel to fill the required leadership positions. To counter this problem Deputy HJ Leader Hartmann Lauterbacher instituted the "Leo Schlageter Schule" in Fletchtorf in 1932. In 1933 the school was re-designated Reichsführerschule, (National Leadership School), and was relocated in Potsdam. The schools mandate was to train future HJ Leaders with an eight week course divided into eight specific categories including; field exercises, small arms shooting, service training and political indoctrination. Following the establishment of the Reichsführerschule additional Gebeitsführerschulen, (District Leadership Schools), were instituted which provide a shortened version of the Reichsführerschule training courses to three weeks duration. By 1934 there were twenty-two such Gebeitsführerschulen, and by the end of the war there were forty. During the war the courses at the Gebeitsführerschulen were shortened to two weeks duration and were geared even more to basic military training to replenish the losses of the Armed forces. Students wore a variety of DJ/HJ uniforms and headgear.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan-colored cotton twill cap, with an expansion fold along its crown and whose fold-down side panels are permanently sewn in an upright position. The upper edges of the panels are piped in white rayon. Beneath the piping, and over the forward seam line of the panels, is sewn a machine woven Hitler Youth diamond and swastika. The interior is fully lined in tan-colored twill. Brown and white oilcloth RZM, "Reichszeugmeisterei" (National-materiel-control-office), tag. Size marked 55. Scarce cap & nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $995.00

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