Heer Panzer Beret Cover

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Wool

SKU: JW3716 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer Panzer Beret Cover is an impressive piece. This is a rarely encountered, early form of headgear for Panzer crews, and was intended to be worn over a padded protective crash helmet. It is made of black wool, which retains strong original color. The wool shows the correct circular spiral weave and “tail” that are typical of original examples. There is one small moth nip on the exterior but no holes, stains or other damage, This Heer Panzer beret cover is complete with its original insignia. The eagle is the first Panzer type, Bevo machine woven in white on a black backing. The cockade is also on a black backing, and is a type that was produced specifically for these berets. Both the eagle and cockade are factory machine sewn to the cover, with very slight age toning. This is an extremely desirable and hard to find early Panzer crew uniform item, that remains in a very strong excellent condition.



Historical Description: The first German tank, called a “Panzer” (for “armor”), appeared in 1918. In the interwar years, German military strategists discussed how this new weapon should be employed on future battlefields. The first Panzer Divisions were formed in 1935. The German approach to tanks was generally different from the concepts of other militaries. In the Wehrmacht, Panzers would lead operations. They would be able to conduct operations independently from other units. This innovative approach was a crucial part of the German “Blitzkrieg” strategy, that yielded great German victories in the early years of World War II. The Wehrmacht attempted to achieve further successes with Panzers by constantly introducing new and better tanks with greater destructive capabilities, or other armored fighting vehicles suited for more specialized roles. Eventually, the German Army would field nearly 50 Panzer Divisions; the Waffen-SS had an additional 7 Panzer divisions, and even the Luftwaffe had a Panzer division of their own. These were elite units, often engaged in constant combat on all fronts. Panzer crews wore distinctive black uniforms with deaths-head collar patches, and matching black field caps. Many Panzer commanders in the Heer and SS were highly successful in combat, and some even became well-known personalities in wartime Germany. Surviving material related to Panzer troops is extremely sought-after and collectible today.


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