Original German WWII Waffen-SS Panzer M43 Field Cap in Unissued/Mint Condition - Size 57

Item Description

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.

This is a very nice example of an original KZ Camp-Made Waffen-SS Panzer M-1943 Pattern Cap offered in unissued/mint condition! This would certainly be a very difficult cap to upgrade from. This is the first example we have ever offered, and a prime specimen at that!

Constructed of black wool with 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 aluminum painted 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 machine woven white threading in the shape of a standard SS eagle with an SS Skull on black wool backing. It is original to the cap and is machine-sewn to the outside fabric with the telltale German zig-zag stitch as seen on other German WWII garments.

The interior of the cap is lined with black polished cotton, and is stamped 57 indicating that the cap is size 57cm.

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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