K029565 COASTAL ARTILLERY EM/NCO'S M43 FIELD CAP. (Einheitsfeldmütze M43 für Mannschaften und Unteroffizier)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years many items used during the Third Reich, (Circa 1933-1945), period would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. Land based Navy personnel, primarily Küstenartillerie, (Coastal Artillery), members, were originally issued field-grey uniforms and headgear during the Weimar Reichsmarine era, (National Navy, Circa 1919-1933), as early as August 1919 with further regulations addressed in 1921 and the field-grey items continued to be issued on into the Third Reich period. The Navy’s field-grey uniforms and headgear followed the fundamental designs of the army patterns with minor variations. Originally the M43 field cap was introduced for wear by all ranks in the German army on June 11TH 1943 as a replacement cap for the other field caps then in use. The design of the M43 field cap was based on the earlier M42 Feldmütze, (Overseas cap), and the Mountain Trooper’s Bergmütze, (Mountain Cap), with minor variations. Following the army’s lead the Kriegsmarine, (War Navy), adopted the M43 field cap for wear by naval personnel wearing field-grey uniforms, on September 1ST 1943. Officers holding the ranks of Leutnant zur See up to and including Grossadmiral ranks, were distinguished from EM/NCO’s ranks by the addition of gilt piping, (Silver piping for Administrative Officials), to be applied around the outer crown edge of the M43 cap. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the OKK, Offizier Kleiderkasse der Kriegsmarine, (Officer’s Clothing Account of the Navy). Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms and headgear from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored items although the price may have been restrictive. Generally speaking Officers bought nice quality, private purchase, uniform items but they could also choose to buy their uniform items directly from the military clothing depots. Of Note: The MVBl, Marine Verordnungs Blatt (Official Naval List), listed the introduction date of this type of cap as September 1ST 1943 and used the designation Feldmütze 42. Due to the time period it is speculated that the introductory date actually referred to the M43 cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Field-grey wool/rayon blend construction cap features fold down back and side panels with a downward scalloped front edge and forward sides and two, small, field-grey painted, pebbled, magnetic sheet metal button front closure. The back and side panels were designed to be folded down to protect the wearer’s ears and neck and the scalloped front section could be secured with the buttons closed under the wearer’s chin. The buttons retain over 99% of their original field-grey paint and have their original stitching. The cap has an extended, cloth covered, forward visor. The internal visor stiffener has a central fold crease. The interior of the cap is fully lined in grey rayon and has a few tears. Cap is nicely R.F Nr marked, dated fo 1944 and size marked 62. Insignia has been removed. Nice large size cap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $509.00

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