Wehrmacht M34 Field Cap - EREL®
Wehrmacht M34 Feldmütze, reproduction made in Germany by Robert Lubstein EREL with the high feldgrau wool quality and cotton linner with markings. The caps are sold with Soutache, Cockade and eagle already sewn on.
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Standard field cap issued to enlisted men from 1934 until the end of the war. 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. Caps manufactured prior to mid-1942 have a chevron of rayon soutache in the soldier's branch color (waffenfarbe) on the front (see photo at right). This was eliminated on caps made from mid-1942 until the end of the war.
This cap was supposed to be superseded by first the M42, then the M43 caps, but originals exist with 1944 date stamps. Presumably, it continued to be made up to the end of the war for use by non-combat arms personnel.