Product Description: An early SA Kepi in very good condition. Worn by the early SA Brownshirts, these Kepi’s were the organization’s traditional headware. The base of the Kepi is constructed of two parts; a lower half using a tan cotton twill, and the upper half which used a blue dyed wool. The cotton twill lower half is in excellent condition, with only a few areas of light wear to the high points and a few very minor fabric snags. The upper section, made of cornflower blue dyed wool tricot, is in very good condition. The upper section shows some mothing. A zinc political eagle is attached to the front of the cap. The center dish button shows wear and approximately 95% of its silvering can be seen. The brown adjustable leather chinstrap is held to the cap by two black enameled buttons on the sides. The strap is in very good condition and is still slightly pliable. The interior of the cap is lined with a red cotton twill fabric, which is in excellent condition. The leather sweatband is securely attached to the cap. This is a very nice Early SA Kepi.
Historical Description: The Sturmabteilung, known by the initials “SA,” were the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party. This organization was originally formed in 1921 and played a large role in the Nazi ascendancy and rise to power from the 1920s through 1933. The organization had a system of ranks and was divided into units, in a manner similar to that of the military. As with all of the paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich, the SA wore uniforms and had their own distinctive badges, insignia and regalia. At the time of the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, the SA had two million members. Following the Night of the Long Knives in 1934, and the arrest and eventual murder of SA leader Ernst Rohm, the size and influence of the SA decreased, but it continued to exist until the fall of Nazi Germany in May 1945. During WWII, the SA was involved with pre-military training, with the largest training unit, the SA-Marine, serving as an auxiliary to the German Navy. The SA even attempted to field a combat unit, at first as a Regiment, and eventually, an armored Korps- “Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle.” The vast size of the SA at its height, and the length of time the SA was operational, created a vast range of different items of uniform, equipment, insignia, paperwork, etc., which is very collectible today.
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