Original German WWII Luftwaffe Service Worn M43 Einheitsmütze Wool Field Cap - size 55cm
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Luftwaffe M43 Einheitsmütze Wool field cap, with a great "service worn" look. The cap is constructed of blue/grey Luftwaffe wool, and has the correct "fold down" skirt for colder weather. It features two pebbled aluminum buckles to the front, securing the skirt, and has the correct loops on the underside.
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 cap in a blue/grey rayon style material, which is standard for this type of cap. It has sweat stains around the edge, and the top is size stamped 55 in blue ink. The visor is still in good condition, though the cardboard stiffener definitely has a bend in the middle where the material has given way and degraded.
This service worn example definitely shows extensive use, with staining inside and out, as well as wear to the fabric, as shown in the photographs. 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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