Original German WWII Waffen-SS Panzer Black M43 Field Cap with HBT Lining - Size 56
Original Item: Only One Available. The SS (Schutzstaffel - 'Protection Squadron') was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf H. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of NSDAP and eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe.
When WWII began in earnest, the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) (SS Dispositional Troops) became the Waffen-SS ("Armed SS"), an official military branch of the SS organization. Its formations included men from NSDAP ruled Germany, along with volunteers and conscripts from both occupied and unoccupied lands. As with the regular Heer Army, they had various different types of units, including Panzer armored units. There were seven Waffen-SS Panzer divisions in total.
This is a very nice example of an original Waffen-SS Panzer M-1943 Pattern Cap offered in very good lightly used condition! This would certainly be a very difficult cap to upgrade from. This is only the second example we have ever offered, and a prime specimen at that! It is generally felt that a lot of these were made at the Dachau camp, however we have no way to verify this.
Constructed of black wool with a gray HBT cotton lining, with fold-down panels with squared scallops to the front and forward sides, covering the entire neck on the sides and rear when in use. When not in use, the panels are raised with their ends resting upon the visor, being joined together via two black buttons. The visor is reinforced with cardboard, and covered in matching wool cloth.
Sewn in place in the front of the cap is a standard style SS Panzer Cap Trapezoid constructed of BeVo machine woven gray / silver threading in the shape of a standard SS eagle with an SS Totenkopf Skull on black rayon backing. It is original to the cap and is machine-sewn to the outside fabric only with black thread, showing that it was sewn before the cap was assembled. The interior of the cap is a nice gray color, showing light wear and staining, with a size 56 stamped on the inside of the crown.
Overall, this is an excellent well marked example of a hard to find genuine Waffen SS M43 Panzer Cap! Ready to display!
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