S005880 POLIZEI NCO'S (Bergmütze) MOUNTAIN CAP. (Bergmütze)

BACKGROUND: The M43 field cap was originally introduced in the German army, for wear by all ranks, on June 11TH 1943 as a replacement cap for the other field caps then in use. On October 1ST 1943 the Police and the Waffen-SS also adopted the M43 field cap. The design of the M43 field cap was based on the earlier M42 Feldmütze, (Overseas cap), and the Mountain Troopers Bergmütze, (Mountain Cap), with minor variations. On its introduction a black version was also introduced for wear by Polizei crews serving in armored vehicles. Police NCO ranks M43 caps were un-piped while the Officer's version were issued with silver/aluminum piping for the ranks of Polizei Meister to Polizei Oberst and gilt piping for the ranks of Polizei Generalmajor to Generaloberst der Polizei, inclusively. Of Note: The German Police had no enlisted ranks with the lowest rank being an Unterwachtmeister which was equivalent to the German army rank of Unteroffizier. Generally the early versions of the M43 cap came with a two button front retainer while the later versions reduced it to a single button.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Choice example with thick green wool body and a single button closure on the front flap. The polished aluminum Police insignia and cockade pinned to the front. It has the signature short visor associated with Mountain Units. Aluminum Edelweiss is sewn to the left flap. The size 58 ½ marked olive green ribbed cloth liner also has the maker "Heinrich Balke, Bremen 1942". Brown leather sweatband is complete. Desirable private purchase cap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,195.00

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