Luftwaffe Enlisted Signals Visor

Condition: Near Mint

Size: 56

Maker: Albert Kempf

Year: 1939

SKU: JW3100 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: A Luftwaffe Enlisted Signals Visor in overall near mint condition.  The visor is constructed of early blue dyed wool, and is piped with a light brown cotton piping, signifying “Signals” branch.  A set of aluminum Luftwaffe insignia is attached to the front of the visor. The interior of the visor is lined with an orange colored oilcloth which is in near mint condition.  The celluloid sweat shield is intact and has the makers name “Albert Kempf”, the size of “56”, and dated “1939”. This is an excellent example of a Luftwaffe Enlisted Signals Visor in near mint condition.


Historical Description: The visor cap (Schirmmütze) was an important part of the headgear worn by German uniformed military, civil, paramilitary and political organizations during the Third Reich. This was the standard cloth headgear worn as a part of the service uniform. Visor caps were worn outdoors as well as indoors, and were often required to be worn by all personnel on duty. Visor caps were made in versions specific to each organization and were often further differentiated through the use of insignia, colored piping, or style of chin cord, to indicate rank, role or branch. The insignia used on these caps ranged from simple stamped metal emblems, to elaborate hand embroidery. Visor caps were issued to enlisted soldiers and NCOs in the military and in some other organizations. Officers had to purchase their own hats, and lower ranks could choose to purchase caps that were of a higher quality than the rather basic, issue examples. The private purchase caps were generally made in very high quality, with fine materials. A wide variety of fabrics were used, from Trikot and doeskin, to heavy wool, or even lightweight white fabric for summer wear. In the military, issue of these caps was generally suspended shortly after the outbreak of the war, but they continued to be worn by some troops until the end of the war.



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