Original German Luftwaffe M43 Einheitsmütze Wool Field Cap - Unissued
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice, near mint example of a Luftwaffe M43 Einheitsmütze Wool field cap. The cap is constructed of blue/grey Luftwaffe wool, and has the correct "fold down" skirt for colder weather. It features a single pebbled aluminum button to the front, securing the skirt.
The peak of the cap has a very nice cap eagle with cockade underneath, both machine embroidered to a triangular gray fabric backing. The interior of the cap is a blue rayon style material, which is standard for this type of cap. There are very minor amounts of wear to the liner. The visor is in great near mint condition, without any noticeable damage or defects to the brim. Size is approximately 55/56cm.
A great original item with lots of history. Ready to display!
The M43 Einheitsmütze (Unit Cap) is a variety of "Ski Cap" and was based on the Bergmütze (Mountain Hat) used by Austrian and German Gebirgsjäger (Mountain Troops) during WWI. Germany had adopted it in 1915, and after the war it spread throughout the military.
The skirt that surrounds the cap is made in the same wool as the cap, and can be folded down over the ears, though this was rarely done outside of the Mountain troops, which had a double-thickness skirt. The skirt has a small dip in the front quarter with a divide secured by one aluminum button which is covered by an embroidered cockade. The small section in the front quarter was built shorter to show the insignia, and cover the wearer's chin or mouth, without disturbing breathing by covering the nose. There were also later M43 caps, such as those used by the DAK, that omitted the skirt entirely, as it had little use in the desert heat.
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