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Title HJ side cap, summer issue
Nationality German
Period c 1933

This is the summer issue cap of the Hitler Youth, worn on route marches and ordinary service duty. These are rarely seen today, as they are the earliest examples of the HJ, pre-dating the RZM tagged examples of 1935 and later, which had the HJ diamond (missing here) as a device as well as the Party eagle. The red piping indicates standard HJ issue.

This brown cloth was typical Party fare (the origin of the name 'Brownshirts'), the cheapest available cloth in the 1930s being the surplus colonial material sitting in the tailors' shops, somewhat unloved since the Versailles Treaty of 1918 deprived Germany of all its colonies! The Reds wore the same material in their street battles with the Nazis.

The condition is a little on the scruffy side. However, the lining is in excellent shape and the eagle, though a little worn, is certainly original to the cap.

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Many thanks - badge recieved - excellent one!

A K, UK, 06.02.2014

Arrived safely in the last hour. Well pleased, thanks for additional info.

J A, UK, 11.04.2013