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World War II German Wehrmacht uniform cap

Object | Accession Number: 1992.41.1.3

Found by a U.S. GI, the donor, while billeted in a house in Bad Godesberg, Germany. Sent to parents in Decorah, Iowa. This uniform may have belonged to an Offizieranwärter (officer candidate) in the German Army of Oberfeldwebel rank (battalion sergeant-major or senior Non- Commissioned Officer). This hat is called a Schirmmütze (meaning "peaked cap" and indicating that it is a Wehrmacht issue cap). All officers below the rank of general wore silver cap cords. While the markings on the associated jacket are not those of an officer, the answer to this indiscrepancy may be that from February 22, 1936 Offizieranwärter in the Oberfeldwebel rank range were permitted to wear officers' quality silver cap cords on the NCOs Schirmmütze.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Otto Aders
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:22:08
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