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WH (Heer) Infantry Officer's M38 Overseas Cap - Shrapnel Damage


WH (Heer) Infantry Officer's M38 Overseas Cap (Einheitsfeldmütze M38 für Offiziere). The Officer’s M38 overseas field cap (Schiffchen) was originally introduced on 6 December 1938 as a replacement for the old pattern isored field cap that had been introduced in March 1934. The design of the Officer’s M38 overseas cap was based on the M34 overseas cap as worn by EM/NCO’s. Originally the Officer’s M38 overseas caps, were outfitted with an identifying branch of service soutache until regulations of 10 July 1942 abolished the use of the soutache and instructed it to be removed from the caps. This is a private purchased cap made of high quality wool. The interior of the cap is lined with tan rayon, there is a small grey leather sweatband, the cap is size '57½' marked. The cap is having silver officers piping attached to the crown and side panels of the cap. On front the cap is having a flat-wire woven cap-eagle and hand-embroidered cocarde, it is complete with an original applied white coloured Infantry soustache. The cap is heavily battle damaged caused by direct shrapnel hit which went in from the front of the cap and out on the back, see photos. The cap comes together with a pair of Wehrmacht (Heer) Officer's collar tabs and shoulder boards. This set was recently found in a house-cleaning in Germany. This is the first battle damaged officers overseas cap I've ever seen, rare and stunning original piece of history!

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