High Quality Original WWII German Army (Heer) INFANTRY EM/NCO’S VISOR CAP. By EREL (Schirmmütze) Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified
Original WWII German Army (Heer) INFANTRY EM/NCO’S VISOR CAP. By Erel (Schirmmütze) Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified. Visor caps were a standard item for all personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. Originally the insignia worn on the visor caps consisted of the Weimar Reichswehr pattern oak-leaf wreath and cockade and a blackened leather chinstrap for all ranks. In February 1927 new chin cords for Officer ranks were introduced with silver cords for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. On March 14TH 1933 the Reichswehr’s oval black, red and gold cockade was replaced with a circular cockade in black, white, and red and on February 17TH 1934 the Third Reich pattern national eagle for the army was officially introduced for wear on the visor cap. In March 1935 a new, more detailed, pattern wreath and cockade and a second, larger pattern national eagle were also introduced for wear and in late 1935 regulations altered the Reichswehr era field-grey colored centerband to a dark blue/green coloration which was utilized until the end of the war. Further regulations of February 26TH 1936 also permitted senior NCO’s who were Officer Candidates to wear the Officers twisted silver/aluminum chin cord on their visor caps as opposed to the standard EM/NCO’s leather chinstrap. Private purchase visor cap with field-grey wool body and crown with a subtle whipcord weave. Cap features a blue/green badge cloth centerband and white rayon waffenfarbe to crown edge and top and bottom edges of centerband. A very few very moth nips. Front center of cap has a stamped, second pattern, natural aluminum, national eagle and front center of centerband has a second pattern, stamped, alloy oak-leaf wreath encompassing a three piece, high relief, national tri-color cockade all intact. Blackened patent leather chinstrap intact with two, black painted, rectangular, sheet metal retaining buckles and two black painted, rectangular, length adjustment buckles. Chinstrap is secured to cap by two, small, smooth finish, black painted, magnetic sheet metal buttons. Black vulcanfibre visor with raised lip near forward edge. Interior of cap is fully lined in gold/brass silk blend cloth. Celluloid sweat diamond is intact. Size is about 58. also has a wide leather sweatband (some wear to the sweatband) . . Nicely maker marked to the inside by EREL. Some staining to the inside and inside brim from use (see photos). Has the EREL signature vent inside (we tried to photograph the vent ) Nice untouched cap. Good example showing the expected minor age and wear In good but used condition . Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic brought home by a U.S. Veteran. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. Great artifact! don’t miss it! VERY GOOD BUT USED CONDITION! SUPERB EREL MADE EXAMPLE! A very Desirable maker priced accordingly due to mothing.