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L024676 RIFLE REGIMENT/AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL EM/NCO'S VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)

BACKGROUND: Visor caps were a standard item for all military personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. On its inception on February 26TH 1935, the Luftwaffe adopted most of the uniform items of the earlier DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), its civilian forerunner, including the visor cap. In March 1935 the earlier, "Tellerform", saucer shaped, caps were replaced with a new a "Sattelform" cap with a higher front peak and an oval shaped top. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Luftwaffe’s Verkaufsabteilung, (Air-Force Sales Department), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their caps from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their caps from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored caps although the price may have been restrictive. Company and Field grade Officer’s caps were distinguished from the EM/NCO’s caps by bright silver/aluminum piping and a silver/aluminum chin cord while General Officer’s ranks utilized gold colored fittings. EM/NCO ranks visor caps utilized the appropriate waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), piping and blackened leather chinstraps. The different branches of service within the Luftwaffe were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color). This cap is the lighter green that used initially for Air traffic control, and then from 1943-44 this same color was used by Luftwaffe Rifle (Jaeger) Regiments (it is the same color used by Army Jaeger and Gebirgsjaeger troops).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase (Perkuro), Luftwaffe blue/grey, wool/rayon blend construction cap features a black, horizontally ribbed, interwoven, mohair centerband and green rayon waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has a silver washed, stamped aluminum, second pattern, Luftwaffe eagle secured in place. The front center of the centerband has a silver washed, stamped aluminum, winged wreath with an integral, painted, national tri-color cockade. The cap has a black, patent leather chinstrap with two, black painted, vertically rectangular magnetic sheet metal, retaining clips and two, black painted, vertically oval, magnetic sheet metal sliding length adjustment buckles. The chinstrap is attached to the cap by two, small, smooth, black painted, magnetic sheet metal buttons. The cap has a forward, extended, blackened lacquered, vulcanfiber visor with a machine stitched, simulated, leather trim to the forward edge. Slightly misshapen, and the alkor sweatband is only about 45% intact. Roughly a size 56. Hard cap to find.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $1,785.00

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