BACKGROUND: The development of SS camouflage items was initiated by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler in 1935 when he tasked the Reichsführung-SS, (National Leadership of the SS), to begin research of new camouflage patterns and garments for use by the fledgling SS-VT, SS-Verfugüngstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops). In late 1936 and early 1937 the first SS camouflage garments were issued to personnel of the SS-VT Standarte Deutschland for field testing and evaluation. The first items evaluated were the Quarter shelters/ponchos, followed by steel helmet covers, face masks and smocks. As the war continued various other clothing items were produced in the assorted camouflage patterns. Originally the camouflage patterns were all produced in the time consuming manual screen printing until the development of the machine roller printing in 1940. By the end of the war no fewer then ten assorted camouflage patterns had been developed and used by the SS. As the war continued the SS developed and introduced new camouflage patterns and manufacturing techniques including the machine roller printed, Oak-leaf "B" pattern camouflage as developed in 1943, and based on the earlier Oak-leaf "A" camouflage pattern. The Oak-leaf "B" pattern was reworked and utilized through to 1945.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Water-proofed, cotton duck construction, reversible, camouflage field cap with one of the war time, machine rolled, screen printed, "Oak-Leaf", camouflage patterns. The camouflage pattern features a summer camouflage to one side in assorted shades of green, tan and brown, reversible to an autumn camouflage on the other side in assorted shades of tan, brown and orange. The cap features a two piece crown with a central machine stitched seam and a two piece body with a vertical machine stitched seam to both the center of the front and back. Both sides of the cap have, dual, inserted, magnetic sheet metal ventilation grommets positioned just below the crown seams. The cap has an extended, forward visor with an internal stiffener and a subtly raised lip at the forward edge of the autumn camouflage side. The autumn camouflage side has the addition of a small "sweatband" manufactured in the same water-proofed cotton duck as the balance of the cap. The cap is roughly size 60. Nice, untouched period worn and used original cap in a large size. Scarce!

GRADE ****                             PRICE $3,000.00

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