Product Description: This SA Kepi is an outstanding example of this extremely desirable cap type. This cap is for a member of SA-Gruppe Mitte, which is indicated by the orange wool body with gold button. The orange wool has been carefully and correctly applied over a layer of green wool, indicating that when this cap was manufactured it was originally intended for use by a member of SA-Gruppe Sachsen. It’s possible that the original owner of this cap originally resided in the Sachsen district, then relocated, and had the orange wool added rather than buying a new cap. The lower part of the exterior, and the covering for the short visor, are made of a brown Trikot wool. This brown wool, as well as the orange and green wool, show a few scattered moth nips. The early SA/SS nickel eagle appears to be original to the cap, and shows only light age toning. The gold plated button has some small marks. The leather chin strap is intact, with no issues. The interior of this SA Kepi is lined with brown cotton twill, which is marked in the top with the size “58” stamped in black ink. The sweatband made of brown oilcloth, and is complete, with a few creases but no damage. This cap displays beautifully, and remains in excellent condition.
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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