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Original Netherlands WWII Dutch “Buitenmodel” Officers Overseas Cap

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a splendidly crafted overseas cap, made of high-quality fieldgrey wool. The cap features golden piping, which serves as a distinguished symbol of an officer's rank. It is embellished with a metal orange-colored number '4', signifying its intended use by an officer within the 4th Regiment Infantry. The cap comes with a durable leather sweatband, providing comfortable wear for extended periods. Though it doesn't bear any discernable maker's mark or date, it is named to an officer named 'Dominicus'. The overseas cap has been gently used, evident by minor traces of wear and tear, including moth damage, as visible in the photos. It is a great find for collectors and aficionados alike, as it remains in very good condition, retaining its original charm.

Comes ready for further research and display.

The history of the Netherlands from 1939 to 1945 covers the events in the Netherlands that took place under the German occupation that started on May 10, 1940 with the Battle of the Netherlands. The Netherlands hoped to stay neutral when World War II broke out in 1939 but this hope was ended when NSDAP Germany invaded in May 1940. On May 15, 1940, one day after the Bombing of Rotterdam the Dutch forces capitulated. Subsequently the Dutch government and the royal family went into exile in London.

The occupying forces were supported by a minority of the Dutch. Active resistance was carried out by a small minority which grew in the course of the four-and-a-half years of the occupation. The Germans deported the majority of the country's Jews to prison camps, with the assistance of the Dutch police and civil service: the Netherlands had one of the highest levels of collaboration with the NSDAPs during the Shoah. 75% of the country’s Jewish population were exterminated, a much higher percentage than countries like Belgium and France.

Most of the south of the country was liberated in the second half of 1944. The rest, especially the west of the country, suffered from the Hunger Winter. On May 5, 1945, the whole country was liberated by the Allied Forces.

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