German Army Headgear

M1934 Field Cap


Standard wool field cap issued to non-specialist enlisted men from 1934 until the introduction of the M42 field cap. It's a fold-up cap very similar to the American "overseas" cap. Lining is tan or brown cotton twill on early specimens, giving way to rayon "silk" on later samples. Early caps also have a chevron of rayon soutache in the soldier's arm-of -service color (waffenfarbe) on the front. Present colors available are infantry, engineers, panzergrenadiers, artillery, field police, and cavalry. Price: $30 without insignia; $40 with insignia including soutache.

M1934 Officer's Field Cap


Officer model field cap introduced in 1934. Made of field gray wool with a soft leather visor. This cap was supposed to be replaced in 1938 with an officer's version of the enlisted man's M34 cap, but remained very popular throughout the war as the officer's "old-style" field cap. Insignia is flat woven wreath and cockade on a dark blue green rectangle sewn to the cap band and a woven or embroidered NS eagle. Infantry piped version only. Price: $80 (available in late 1998).

M1938 Field Cap


This cap replaced the officer's M34 style cap in 1938. It's identical to the enlisted man's M34 cap, but has the addition of wire embroidered or metallic woven insignia and silver metallic piping around the crown and the forward edge of the turn-up. Present colors available are infantry, engineers, panzergrenadiers, artillery, field police, and cavalry. Price: $55 includes insignia.

Mountain Cap

 

Officer's Service Cap


Standard service cap for officers. Old photos of full of officer's wearing these under combat conditions. Many materials (felted uniform wool, doeskin, tricot, and gabardine wool) were used in many shades of field gray and green. The visors were made of stiff vulcanized fiber with a welt molded around the outer edge. Present colors available are infantry and panzer. Unlike the other uniforms and caps, we don't make these ourselves, they're imported.Price: $160 with insignia.

M1940 Panzer Cap


This cap was the first change to headgear during the war. It was introduced to replace the panzer beret/helmet which had proven to be less than optimal for off-duty wear when the black panzer uniform began to be used for all occasion wear. It also had the advantage of working with headphones better than the beret. the cap is identical to the standard M34 field cap with the exception of color, which is panzer black, naturally enough.Price: $30 without insignia; $40 with insignia including pink soutache.

M40 Tropical Cap


The next change was the introduction of caps for the new tropical uniforms introduced in 1940. The mountain cap, which was very popular and stylish, was given an elongated duckbill to provide extra eyeshade in the sunny conditions of the Mediterranean area. Interestingly, the turn-up was retained, but only as a sewn-down false turn-up.Price: $40 without insignia; $50 with insignia including soutache chevron.

M1940 Tropical Panzer Cap


Another M34 style cap intended for use by tank crews for whom the visor cap might pose a problem due to the use of optics. Identical to the M34, but again the turn-up has been falsified with a stitched-on single layer of fabric.Price: $30 without insignia; $40 with insignia including pink soutache.

M40 Panzer Officer's Tropical Cap


Same cap as the M40 tropical panzer cap, but with the addition of silver metallic piping in the same manner as the officer's M38 "new-style" field cap.Price: $55 with insignia including pink soutache chevron.

M1942 Field Cap

 

M1943 Field Cap


This cap, known as the einheitzfeldmutze (replacement field cap) was intended to replace all other styles of field cap (M34, M34 officer's, M38 officer's, mountain cap, and M42). Production of the earlier caps ceased when this cap was adopted. It was immensely and immediately popular from its introduction and proved extremely practicle, being based on the mountain trooper's cap. Rayon "artificial silk" lining.Price: $40 without insignia; $50with insignia.

M1943 Officer's Field Cap


The M43 field cap for officers was identical to the enlisted version, but had the addition of silver metallic piping around the crown and metallic woven insignia.Price: $55 with insignia.

M1943 Panzer Cap


In keeping with intended "universal" nature of the M43 cap, a black wool version for panzer troops was introduced.Price: $40 without insignia; $50with insignia.

M1943 Officer's Field Cap


And, naturally, there had to be an officer's version of the same cap in black wool with silver piped crown for the panzer officer.Price: $55 with insignia.

M1940 Tropical Helmet
 

 

Note: These caps, with the exception of the officer's schirmmutze (imported from Germany) are made by Lost Battalions. They are very high quality reproductions, equal to those offered elsewhere for $75 and up. They are far superior to other reproductions in the same price range. Beware of "chef" style crowns on many of the reproduction M43 caps on the market.