WW2 GERMAN SS M43 MOUNTAIN CAP 'BERGMUTZE'
The Mountain/ski Cap had been around since late 1934 and and there were many styles and variations, it was introduced to the SS in 1939 and followed the standard Army pattern Cap and only the mountain troops of the SS were authorised to wear them with Himmler designating which units were permitted to wear them, again there were many variations and in 1943 the cap eventually tended towards the same general look as the pattern used by the Army. If SS model cap stocks were not available, the SS simply obtained caps from Army suppliers for the sake of expediency. The Army style mountain cap was easily recognisable by its shorter bill and the metal ventilation grometts on the upper sides. Eventually in 1943 the Model 1943 (M43) cap, which was closely modeled on the mountain cap, was adopted by all SS units including the mountain troops, a special cloth 'Eidelweiss' was authorised for wear on both the early and M43 in order to distinguish SS troops in mountain service. The Army Eidelweiss was always in metal.
Field worn SS M43 cap for the Mountain Troops. 2 Pebbled button to the front. Nicely woven skull to front. Correct black background SS Eidelweiss to the left side, wool covered both sides of the bill, single rivets to side. Marked SS BW 1943 to the cotton twill lining indicating made in the concentration/labour camp network of which Dachau was the most famous. Large size 58.
This cap came from a collection purchase from Melbourne and whilst showing signs of wear and use is in excellent condition.