BACKGROUND: The black panzer uniform was originally introduced by the army on November 12TH 1934, for wear by armored vehicle personnel and was worn through-out the war with minor modifications in 1936 and 1942. Allegedly Chief of the motorized troops, Oberst Heinz Guderian came up with the coloration and design of the form fitting uniform which he based on a popular ski outfit of the time. Black was chosen as the color as it help conceal the grease and grime commonly encountered by motorized personnel. All police agencies in Germany effectively came under the control of the SS on June 17TH 1936, when Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior). In late 1944 police units were activated as combat units to defend the borders of Germany from the advancing Allied troops and included armored personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, black, doeskin wool construction overseas cap features fold down side and back panels with gently sloping, downward scallops to the front and forward sides. The front center of the cap has a machine woven, second pattern, (circa June 1936-May 1945), wreathed, police style, national eagle in white threads on a, woven, black (armored), trapezoidal, rayon base. The eagle is neatly machine stitched to the cap. Front scallop and top seams are piped in aluminum officers piping. The interior of the cap is fully lined in black rayon. There are no longer any visible markings. The cap is roughly size 57. Comes with the original owners, black wool backed (armored), hand embroidered arm eagle that was removed from his uniform. Nice set & rare!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $

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