Product Description: A beautiful SA Kepi for “Gruppe Niederrhein”. The SA Kepi is in excellent condition overall. The cap is constructed mostly of a light brown cotton twill, which is in overall excellent condition. The upper trim crown area of this SA Kepi is made of a black wool, which exhibits some light moth tracking and a few tiny nips. The SA Kepi adorns a silver, right facing, NSDAP national emblem. The cap eagle is in near mint condition, and appears to be originally applied to the cap. The combination of the black wool and silver eagle denotes the Kepi to have belonged to the SA Gruppe Niederrhein. A smooth brass button is originally affixed under the cap eagle. A near mint leather chinstrap is affixed to the Kepi with two brown braids. The interior of the Kepi is lined with a light-red oilcloth, which shows signs of light use, and a size stamp of “53” in black ink. The leather sweatband is intact and appears originally sewn to the cap. Under the sweatband is a brown RZM tag, still originally affixed to the cap. A beautiful SA Kepi Gruppe Niederrhein that will make a welcome addition to any Political or Headgear Collection.
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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