Original German WWII Waffen SS Field Gray M43 Combat Fez for Foreigners - Named USGI Bring Back
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful named USGI Bring Back field gray fez from WWII. These were part of the combat uniform of a Waffen-SS military detachment composed of Muslims from Bosnia, Croatia, and Herzegovina in occupied Yugoslavia. The creation of this unit was authorized by AH in 1943. The original purpose was to combat Tito's partisans. Through recruitment and conscription, the unit had 26,000 soldiers within a few months. The group was commanded by German or ethnic German officers, and the uniforms were designed to reflect the religion and ethnicity of the recruits. Later, the Fez was also issued to local volunteers from other areas in the Balkans.
There were two versions of the fez: a field gray model to be worn in combat and while on duty and a red model for parades, marching exercises and while off duty. We have had a few of the Red Parade Fez's, but this is only the third combat model we have ever had! They are far more rare on the market, and this is a great USGI Bring back example.
In the crown of the fez, it is marked with DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP, and the brown leather sweatband has the name and ASN of the soldier who captured it: STOVER, CARL 37146396. We have not been able to find much on this GI, but the records from WWII are incomplete, and often were transcribed from handwritten information. We did find a Carl Stover with ASN number 33176395, which may be the same person, but are unable to verify.
This example is offered in overall very good condition, with a few stains and some age toning. There are a few moth nips, and the tag stitch that holds the tassel in place has pulled out. of age toning and moth. There is no size marked, and the fez features field gray wool construction with a brown leather sweatband. The stitching attaching the sweatband to the body has pulled in some areas due to age. We often see these with no sweatband at all.
This example is 100% authentic, there are and have been numerous fakes on the market, this is not one. Ready to research and display!
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