Heer M43 Cap Insignia

Condition: Near Mint

Branch: Heer

Model: M43

SKU: JW1708-10 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description:  This is an attractive, hard-to-find and very desirable uncut strip of 3 Heer M43 cap insignia trapezoids, as cut from an original factory roll. This was the pattern of insignia introduced in 1943 for the new field cap model and widely used until the end of the war. They are typical Bevo machine woven examples, each with a gray German national eagle and swastika emblem and the cockade bearing the red, white and black colors of the German Reich, on a field gray rayon backing. Each of these three Heer M43 cap insignia trapezoids is perfect, just as it was when it left the factory near the end of WWII; these are made even better by the fact that they are still on an intact strip and have not been separated. There are no holes, no stains or damage of any kind, and of course the insignia have never been sewn on or used. It’s a great example that shows how these were manufactured, and looks great in a display.



Historical Description: The German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), as formed in 1935, and as they existed until the end of World War 2, consisted of the Army (Heer), the Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the Navy (Kriegsmarine). The Waffen-SS fell under the command of the Wehrmacht during the war. Each of these branches of service had a unique eagle design that was worn on both the formal dress and parade uniforms, and the field uniforms, of the members of that branch. These eagles were worn on soft headgear, including service and field caps, as well as on the uniform jacket. In the Heer, the Luftwaffe, and the Kriegsmarine, this eagle was worn on the chest of the tunic; collectors have termed these “breast eagles.” The Heer and the Luftwaffe generally used the same eagle style, though variations in color of the eagle or the backing distinguish between the two. The Luftwaffe used their own flying eagle emblem. The Waffen-SS sleeve eagle (and cap eagle) had wings that came to a distinctive tapered point. The cap, breast and sleeve eagles used by the various military branches were manufactured in many variations. There were machine-woven and machine embroidered versions, usually used by officers and NCOs. Hand-embroidered bullion wire eagles were typically for officers. There were metal eagles, for caps, or for uniforms that were intended to have detachable insignia. There were even eagles embroidered on camouflage fabric, intended for use on special field uniforms. There were also eagles in specific colors for use on tropical uniforms. Some of these eagles were mass-produced, and are still common today; others were and are very rare.</


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