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WWII German Wehrmacht Officers M43 Einheitsmutzen Trapezoid
Item #: BRJ57
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Machine woven national eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in its talons, in silver threads, positioned above a national tri-color cockade with a black outer circle encompassing a silver inner circle and a red center dot, on a cut-out, woven, field-gray rayon trapezoidal base. The insignia is still on its original, field-grey, rayon factory roll.
The German army originally adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), national eagle by order on February 17TH 1934, with instructions to have it applied to all steel helmets, visor caps, and tunics by May 1ST 1934. Regulations followed on October 30TH 1935 that stipulated the national eagle was also to be applied to all field caps. Generally the national eagle for wear on the EM/NCO’s overseas and M43 field caps were machine woven, first in white on a dark green base, (circa 1934), then later in matte grey on a field-grey base, (circa 1939), while Officer’s versions were embroidered in bright silver/aluminum wire threads. A machine woven version in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads was also utilized by Officer’s but was also very popular with senior NCO’s. Originally the Weimar, Reichswehr era, oval black, red and gold national cockade was utilized until it was replaced with a circular national cockade in black, white, and red on March 14TH 1933 and utilized through-out the Third Reich period on all soft caps with minor manufacturing variations. In May 1943 a new configuration of cap insignia with the national eagle and tri-color cockade on a single trapezoidal base was introduced for wear on the M42 overseas and M43 field caps. Originally produced in a machine woven version in 1944 the trapezoidal insignia also began to be produced in machine embroidered
Price: $150.00 USD (Sale Pending)