WW1 German East Asian Expeditionary Corps Tropical Cap - All Ranks
WW1 German Tropical Cap. Our reproduction Seebataillon, East Asian Expeditionary Corps and the Asienkorpsor Schirmmützen, are brand new from Germany.
The East Asian Expeditionary Corps ("Ostasiatische Expeditionskorps") was a large force about 15,000 in total made up of volunteers from the regular German army reformed into new units for service in China in the Summer of 1900. Such was the number of volunteers that many were turned down, only the best were accepted. This type of cap was also worn by the The East Asian Occupation Brigade and several other units.
Cloth khaki caps (with a detachable neckshade) were issued to the III. Seebataillon, East Asian Expeditionary Corps and the Asienkorps Corps in the First World War to match their khaki uniforms.
Made in Germany, they are extremely lightweight and without the formal 'packing' of a standard cap. Using just cotton and Vulcanfibre compressed cardboard.They are exact reproductions, not a cheap version made in the far east! They are exactly like the originals and are made with the correct materials and fittings.
These come in authentic khaki cotton with cotton neck shade, cap band & liner, leather chinstrap & peak and Officer/NCO cockades.
A note on Cockades: In the regular army the Imperial cockade (black/white/red) was worn above the hatband and the state cockade (eg. black/white/black for Prussia or white/blue/white for Bavaria etc) was worn on the hatband. In Colonial and Naval services these distinctions were done away with and no state cockades were worn, while the imperial cockade was worn on the hatband instead. The state cockades were however retained by other overseas forces such as the East Asian Expeditionary Corps and Asienkorps.
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