Original German WWII Red Cross DRK Officer's Schirmmütze Visor Cap - Size 57 1/2

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a very good condition WWII Era Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) EM/NCO Schirmmütze (Visor Cap), which is size marked 57 1/2 cm on the crown as well as on the sweatband. The cap has a very nice condition orange "service cloth" lining, which does not look to have had a sweat guard on the top. It still has a clear marking in slightly oxidized bronze paint.

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This is a high quality German made cap, fabricated from charcoal grey worsted wool cloth, with a lighter gray cap band, plus three rows of light gray color piping around the circumference. This is the standard color piping for DRK caps, and it can look blue or purple at times. As an officer's cap, it has a silver bullion chin strap, retained by pebbled silver buttons on the side.

Cap is decorated with the correct insignia, including the DRK eagle insignia pin on the crown. On the cap band is a very nice metal open-topped oak leaf wreath, with the classic Tri-color cockade inside, with a red felt insert. Both are in excellent condition, and the eagle still has a fully intact attachment clip, so it is attached firmly.

The visor / peak on this cap is black finished leather, and has a lovely pattern of checking and crazing on the top and bottom. The brown leather sweatband on this cap is in very good condition, still supple and mostly tear free. The stitching is still almost completely intact.

A very nice German WWII Era Officer's visor cap, ready to add to your collection!

History of the German Red Cross (DRK)
The DRK, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross), a voluntary civil assistance organization originally instituted in 1864, was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. In December 1937 it gained status as a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany, it came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior's Social Welfare Organization.

History of the "Red Cross" Symbol
It was important to clearly identify Medical personnel in the field. One of the early documents, such as the Amelioration of the Conditions of the Wounded in Armies in the Field signed August 22, 1864, by a number of Governments, already instructed that Flag and Arm Badges worn by Medical personnel would bear a Red Cross on a White Field. Both symbols when used on Hospitals, Ambulances, Evacuation and Aid Centers, were to be proof of their neutral status! These signs provided for neutrality of military and civilian protected personnel (it gave them non-belligerent status) exclusively engaged in removal, transportation, and treatment of wounded and sick, or the administration of sanitary formations and establishments, and entitled them to respect and protection from their enemies. The 1929 Geneva Convention which superseded the former agreement, was signed on July 27, 1929 by forty-seven countries (including the Axis countries, Germany, Italy, and Japan) and comprised numerous articles, among which Articles 9 and 21, recognizing that bearers of special identification cards and civilian protected personnel identified by armbands, and vehicles, and installations wearing Geneva Convention markings and markers, were all exclusively engaged in medical care activities, and consequently protected and respected by the Geneva Convention.

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