BACKGROUND: TeNo, Technischen Nothilfe (Technical Emergency Corps), was originally established in September 1919 of trained, voluntary, civilian personnel to maintain and repair essential services in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Many of its personnel were ex-servicemen and a large amount of them had some type of specialized technical training which was key to its mandate. TeNo was a civilian organization administered under the Minister of the Interior, until mid-1939 when it became an official state organization under control of the Police, which, in turn, was controlled by the SS. With this change in status a small nucleus of salaried officials were employed to run the organization. As the war dragged on, TeNo became more and more a para-military organization with its direction becoming increasingly controlled by the Waffen-SS.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Dark navy blue wool cap with fold-down side panels. Panel has a hook on either side that fastens to grommets to keep it in the up position. Sewn to the front of the cap is a machine woven TeNo insignia. Full grey cotton/rayon liner. Couple of worn areas to the liner where the grommets are located. Roughly a size 56. Scarce cap.    (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

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