Original German WWII Waffen SS M43 Maroon Parade Fez for Foreign Volunteers
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a maroon fez that was part of the dress 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 Hitler 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 maroon model for parades, marching exercises and while off duty.
This example is offered in overall very good condition, with just the slightest bit of age toning and moth. The top tassel has some fraying, and the stitch that holds it in place at the rear has pulled out, but could be easily repaired. Size is about 58 cm, and it features field red/maroon wool construction with a black leather sweatband. The sweatband was field modified, with the rear portion removed in a long arc for some reason.
This example is 100% authentic: there are and have been numerous fakes on the market, this is not one of those. Ready to display!
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