The German Flecktarn field cap is an M43-style field cap that is suitable for collections and every day wear. Each is, as noted, an authentic German military surplus item. These field caps were originally designed for and used by members of the German heer, or army, which is one of the five service branches that makes up the Bundeswehr, or unified armed forces of Germany. Still in service with the heer to this day, each German Flecktarn field cap is a like-new unissued cap, meaning they are unused and in excellent condition ready to begin their service lives however you see fit. Whether you are looking to add another piece to your collection of German military surplus or you just want to stand out in a crowd, the German Flecktarn field cap is the cap for you.
As noted, the German Flecktarn field cap is based on the original M43 field cap, which was originally designed and produced in 1943 for the Wehrmacht, Germany's allied defense forces from 1935-1945, and the SS. Whereas the original Einheitsfeldmütze, or "standard field cap," included a skirt with ear flaps, the modern models do not. Having said that, let us take a look into the current German Flecktarn field cap.
The German Flecktarn field cap is constructed entirely from a cotton/polyester blend (80 percent/20 percent) and includes reinforced military-grade stitching on the short bill and through the dual-layer sweatband. As is very evident – both by its name and its appearance – it features the German Flecktarn camouflage pattern, which is a multicolor disruptive camouflage pattern that generally utilizes three or more colors and was designed for use in woodland environments. Each side of the cap is also flanked by two riveted ventilation holes while the front of the cap sports an authentic Bevo cockade.
What is a cockade? A cockade is a knot of ribbons or some other oval-shaped symbol that is typically worn on a cap to denote rank, office or some similar attribute. The Bevo cockade found on the German Flecktarn field cap is a traditional cockade used by Germany that includes the country's national colors: black, red and gold.
One final interested aspect regarding the German Flecktarn field cap is the inclusion of its NATO Stock Number on the interior tag. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the German Flecktarn field cap is 8415-12-322-4191, which identifies it as a tarnmuster muetze, or what translates loosely to "camouflage cap." The "8165" identifies it as a piece of special purpose clothing while the "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits signify its item number.
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