Item Id: HF23005
Heer EM/NCO's Winter Fur Cap
The severe cold encountered on the Russian front in the winter of 1941/42 found the Germans completely unprepared not only in heat retaining cold weather garments but also snow camouflage garments. This resulted in numerous, hastily improvised and makeshift heat retaining and snow camouflage items being utilized including everything from civilian winter clothing to white bed sheets. After the winter of 1941/42 the Oberkommando des Wehrmacht recognized the need for heavier winter clothing and testing began in the spring of 1942 to develop suitable garments. The fur caps were a standard issue item and were distributed to all EM/NCO’s for the winter season, Although there was no official standard model of the fur cap the most commonly encountered type followed the basic pattern of the Mountain and M43 caps with fold down back and side panels designed to protect the wearers ears and neck.
This is a Heer winter fur cap with body made of field grey wool with rabbit fur trim pull down ear and neck covering with a quilted mouse/grey brushed cotton lining. Faint RB Number stamped and size marked 55 to the lining also year of production marked “43” all in blue/purple colored ink. Ear/neck covering attachment tie string still intact. To the front is a Heer national cap eagle pinned in place.
Well preserved cap but still used. Also well marked and complete with national eagle!!