Original German WWII Eastern Front White Rabbit Fur Winter Hat - Dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. After the catastrophic winter of 1941-42 on the Eastern Front, the German military rapidly designed improved cold weather clothing. By the Fall of 1942, a variety of fur lined caps had been introduced. There were no standardized "model numbers", but this version is a commonly encountered pattern. It has a fieldgray wool body, which is lined with crayon, and a visor and fold down ear flaps backed with rabbit fur. The flaps are held in the "up" (open) position by a single button (replacement button). The flaps can be tied under the wearer's chin via cloth ties.
The visor is tacked open and is rarely seen in in the "down" position. Many soldiers pinned or sewed insignia to it as is seen here. Most often encountered are the metal visor cap badges - the Heer eagle (as seen on this example) or the SS skull.
This 1943 dated example is offered in excellent condition with 99% of the fur intact, interior cotton lining is clean and undamaged. Interior in ink stamped with maker information 1943 dated and size 57 centimeters (US 7 1/8). These have become very hard to find on the market today and decent reproductions sell for hundreds of dollars.
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