L011083 RLB EM/NCO'S M43 FIELD CAP. (Einheitsfeldmütze M43)

BACKGROUND: Formed in late 1932 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler’s ascension to power the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Ministry of Aviation), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League), and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. The RLB worked in close cooperation with the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), and other civil other air defense organizations such as the SHD, Sicherheits und Hilfs Dienst, (Security and Assistance Service), and the LSW, Luftschutzwarndienst, (Air Raid Warning Service). Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members. Most uniform and headgear items of the RLB closely followed that of the Luftwaffe and included the M43 style field cap that the Luftwaffe had adopted on September 27TH 1943. Officers ranks M43 field caps were distinguished from EM/NCO’s by the addition of silver piping on the crown edge and RLB personnel wore a distinctive stylized national eagle on the right forearm of the service uniform and the M43 field cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Blue/grey, wool/rayon blend construction cap features fold down back and side panels with a downward scalloped front edge and forward sides, and double pebbled, alloy buttons to the front center. The buttons are ornamental. The front center of the cap has a machine embroidered, stylized, RLB pattern national eagle in silver/grey cotton threads clutching a canted, black, swastika, in it’s talons, superimposed on a silver/grey sunburst pattern mounted on a cut-out, mid-blue wool base. The eagle is original hand stitched to the cap. The cap has an extended, cloth covered, forward visor with an internal stiffener. The interior of the cap is fully lined in light weight cotton/rayon with repeating, diamond shaped reinforcement stitching to the crown section. The crown lining is well marked with a size inkstamp, "55". Original "Alkor" sweatband is all complete and is showing the expected age cracking. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $795.00

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