This helmet is based on the original owned by a Private in the 79th Infantry Division and who received a battlefield promotion to Captain by General Omar Bradley personally.
Superb reproduction 1930's period Allgemeine SS Officers Schirmmutzen Visor Cap. In SS black tricot material and silvered early period Deaths head and Eagle. Made by EREL, with RZM label, RZM SS visor stamp, SS circular runes and 'VA 1936' acceptance marking.
Topp was born in Hannover, the son of an engineer, and joined the Reichsmarine in 1934, serving on the light cruiser Karlsruhe in 1937, before transferring to the U-Bootwaffe (submarine fleet) in October 1937. In May 1933, Topp joined the Nazi Party and in 1934 also joined the Allgemeine-SS.
Erich Topp (2 July 1914 – 26 December 2005) was the third most successful of German U-Boot commanders of World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords of Nazi Germany. He sank 35 ships for a total of 197,460 gross register tons (GRT). After the war he served with the Federal German Navy, reaching the rank of Konteradmiral (rear admiral). He later served in NATO.
Reproduction German Kreigsmarine Kapitänleutnant Peaked cap. As worn by Kapitänleutnant, Oberleutnant zur See and Leutnant zur See ranks during WW2. Worn by Kriegsmarine Officers including U-Boat Captains.
This civil war kepi represents a Texas Brigade also know as Hood's Brigade that distinguished itself for its fierce tenacity and fighting capability during the American Civil War.
The brigade distinguished itself during the Seven Days Battle where it routed the enemy at Gaines' Mill, captured a battery of guns, and repulsed a cavalry counterattack. Its reputation increased when it spearheaded Longstreet's assault on Pope's left at the battle of Second Manassas. The brigade overran two Union regiments, nearly annihilated the 5th New York Zouaves, and captured a battery of guns. Its reputation for fighting was sealed at the Battle of Sharpsburg, when it closed a gap in the Confederate line and drove back the two Union Corps that were attacking. Out of 854 that went into battle at Sharpsburg, 550 of the Texas Brigade were killed or wounded.
If your reproduction Allgemeine SS cap does not have a RZM marking this is the solution.
Many Allgemeine SS caps had the 'RZM SS' marking. It originated from the ReichZeugMeisterei (RZM), office. The RZM was set up in 1934 to procure and distribute items to Party formations, approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification.
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One of our customers refurbished a previously stripped and repainted original M38 shell to look brand new issued condition. He used our M38 bolts and aluminium oxide to spray paint the late war helmet in the correct colour. A very nice helmet, although we generally do not recommend restoring a helmet to brand new condition as it removes its history and devalues the helmet, in this case it had been stripped already. A lovely restoration job.
U-997 Chief Engeers U-Boat Peaked Cap
Reproduction & superior quality German U-Boat Kreigsmarine Chief Engineers Peaked cap. This cap has been made to look 70+ years old.
Commanded by Hans Lehmann it sunk two ships and damaged one other. U-997 was attacked by an escort ship in Nov 1944 and depth charged by an Allied U-boat hunter group in April 1945. It officially capitulated in May 1945 and was sunk by the British in Lisahally or Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.
This cap has been made to replicate one worn by Josef Lainer. Lainer was a Hauptscharführer (Master Sergeant) in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold one of only 631 awards and he twice escaped from captivity when being held as a prisoner of war.
WW2 USA M1938 Tanker Destroyer Battalion Helmet & 1021 Polaroid goggles - Aged
M38 USA Tankers or 'FURY' Helmet. This reproduction helmet is exactly like our new version but has been made to look used. It is perfect for US Armoured Reenactors, Helmet Collectors, museums, leaving presents, commemorations or similar.
The tank destroyer battalion was a type of unit used by the United States Army during World War II. The unit was organized in one of two different forms: a towed battalion equipped with anti-tank guns, or a self-propelled battalion equipped with Self-propelled guns. The tank destroyers were formed in response to the German use of massed formations of armored units early in WW2. The tank destroyer concept envisioned the battalions acting as independent units that would respond at high speed to enemy tank attacks. In this role they would be attached to divisions or corps. In practice, they were usually attached to infantry divisions. Over one hundred battalions were formed in WW2.
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