Product Description: This Reichsmarine U-Boot Flotte Cap is a really nice and attractive piece of early German Navy headgear, that was lightly worn. The body of this cap is made of a white cotton twill fabric that shows heavy age toning and patina throughout. The black rayon cap band has woven lettering that reads “U-Boot Flotte.” The band has been hand sewn to the cap body. The front of the cap is adorned with a metal Reich cockade, which is complete, with minimal fading to the finish. Inside, this Reichsmarine U-Boot Flotte Cap is lined with white cotton twill fabric. An illegible name is penned in the interior lining. The simple sweatband is made of pressed leather sweatband. This rare cap has outstanding eye appeal. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The German Navy has a long, rich history. Its modern era began in 1948 with the formation of what was then called the Reichsflotte. The early German Navy participated in a number of conflicts and battles, such as the Second Schleswig War of 1864 and the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. The North German Confederation of 1867 took over the Prussian Navy, and used this in the Franco-Prussian War. The build up of the German Navy in Imperial times was slow, but the years prior to WWI saw an intensive buildup of modern craft including large torpedo boats, submarines, airships, Naval flight units and large ships of the line to rival the British Dreadnought class. Despite this, and in part due to the supply situation, the German Navy was unable to achieve decisive victory against the British Navy in WWI. The Treaty of Versailles after the defeat of 1918 permitted Germany to retain only a small Navy, the Reichsmarine. Strength of the Reichsmarine was limited to 15,000 men. The rearmament of the German Navy began in 1933 with the Nazi rise to power. In 1935, the Reichsmarine became the Kriegsmarine, and plans began to equip this force with vessels including aircraft carriers, battleships and many submarines. These plans were interrupted in 1939 by the start of WWII, in which the Kriegsmarine was involved from the first moments at the outbreak of hostilities. After a series of early losses of battleships, the Kriegsmarine in WWII increasingly focused on the U-Boat war. Despite many successes, which resulted in a supply crisis in the United Kingdom, the U-Boats were unable to prevent the Allies from retaining naval superiority in the war. The final great action of the Gertman Kriegsmarine was the evacuation by sea of refugees from the Soviet Red Army- the largest evacuation in human history.
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