Original WWII German Army (Heer) Tropical Pith Helmet Shield (Tropenhelm Abzeichen) Certified. In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, tropical uniforms, headgear and equipment were quickly developed and issued in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnel’s arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. One of the new headgear items introduced was the tropical pith helmet which was based on the design of the earlier Kriegsmarine pith helmet. On its introduction the pith helmet was constructed of a formed cork base with a cotton twill covering until a second pattern pith helmet was introduced with a formed cork base with a felt covering. The second pattern pith helmet followed the same basic design as the first pattern but was modified to ease production time and material costs. Wear of the pith helmets was extended to personnel serving in southern areas of continental Europe but the helmets proved ineffective and unpopular and manufacture was discontinued sometime in 1942. On introduction the helmets were outfitted with a national eagle and national tri-color identification shields. Stamped zinc alloy national eagle shield features a silver washed, embossed, high relief, nicely detailed, Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings on a black finished, slightly pebbled background shield shape base with a raised lip to the outer edges. The shield has a recessed area in the shape of the eagle to the reverse and one of the three attachment prongs are intact. The reverse of the shield is not maker marked. in used but good condition. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic. 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. Nice looking eagle!